How To RV - Getting Started
Buying, using and maintaining an RV can be an overwhelming task. I remember when I got started I had no idea what I was doing. Not sure how I came up with the idea to buy an RV, but I’ve learned a thing or two after making several expensive mistakes.
And, one of the BIGGEST MISTAKES I made when buying my RV was not buying one suited for my RV lifestyle. Which is why it’s important to understand what an RV is and how they are best used. Use this guide as a starting point to get to know the RV life a little better before, during, and after you purchase your RV.
RV Types & Sizes
You might be wondering “What is an RV?” or “Which RV is right for me?” Before buying an RV you’re going to want to understand the different sizes and types that are available. RVs come in all shapes and sizes. Choosing the right RV is based on your lifestyle and budget. The bigger the RV the larger the bills and expenses will be. The most expensive mistake you can make is buying or renting the wrong RV for how you are going to be using it.
Important questions to ask yourself:
- Are you a part timer or full timer?
- How many people will be traveling with you?
- What is your budget?
- Are you going to be living on the road or off the grid? (boondocking or hooking up)
Learn The Lingo
The first thing you’re going to want to brush up on is your RV lingo. Yes, there is a whole new dictionary out there full of terms you may not know. Like with anything new, learning the language to the RV lifestyle is imperative if you want to save money, not break anything, and sharpen your RV skills! And, if you’re learning about RVing then you will want to understand things like:
WHAT IS BOONDOCKING VS HOOKING UP?
- Boondocking = Camping in your RV without any hookups (electricity, fresh water, and sewer utilities) usually in a remote location. (also known as Dry Camping). I made a video explaining more about dry camping you can >> watch here <<
- Hooking Up = The ability to connect to rv park or campground utilities. The basic types of hookups are electric, water, and sewer. If all three of these hookups are available, it is termed “full hookups.” Hookups may also include telephone, WiFi, and cable TV at some campgrounds — these are all bonuses and should not be expected. Watch this tutorial video to learn more about RV Hook Ups >> here <<
Once you’ve decided on the right RV you’re going to want to understand the buying process. You shouldn’t be in a hurry to buy an RV and don’t expect to drive off the lot the same day. Investing in an RV purchase is not the same as buying a car, it’s similar to shopping for a house. After all they finance RV’s out 20-30 years just like they do homes! And, there are many tax incentives to owning an RV you might be able to take advantage of.
If you’re thinking about financing an RV there are some things you will want to know about how the process works. Most RV dealerships can shop around multiple banks to help you get a loan. If you have a good relationship with your bank then you may want to start there.
WATCH and learn more about HOW TO FINANCE AN RV
And before you decide to go all in on buying an RV you might want to consider the pros and cons of RENTING AN RV. Here is a list of places you might want to check out if you’re trying to explore renting an RV within the United States:
Selling An RV
If you are in the process of selling your RV, you need to do some research on what others are selling their similar RVs for. You can check out sites like www.RVTrader.com and www.RVT.com I would also call multiple dealerships and see what they would offer. Keep in mind that different locations sell different types of inventory, so they may offer less if it isn’t something they can usually sell on their lot.
Want to learn more about SELLING YOUR RV >> This GUIDE will help walk you through the process
RV insurance is a little different than buying car insurance. Even though your auto insurance provider may offer RV insurance, you might want to know whether they’re a great option for you because you want to be covered properly for the way that you use your RV. Remember that you have a lot more expensive things in the RV, you might have dishes, towels, a computer, or your TV. All of these things you will need to replace if something happens. WATCH these RV INSURANCE TIPS and learn HOW RV INSURANCE COST IS CALCULATED.
How To Hook Up An RV
When you start the RVing process they never seem to tell you everything you need to know. Which is why I started creating tutorials showing how I hookup my Rv to resources like water, electricity and sewer.