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RV Beginner? Buying your First RV? There are things to know before buying an RV and you need to know what to look for when buying a used RV as well. The RV Buying Process is full of RV Learning Lessons whether you’re an RV Newbie making your first RV Purchase or a seasoned RVer buying an RV again. These RV Buying tips will help you avoid the most common RV Mistakes most RVers make when buying a RV even if you’re not a first time RV Buyer. Be sure to check out my RV Buying Checklist and use it as your RV Buying Guide to teach you what to know before buying an RV. It’s full of all my tips for buying an RV!

I’ve bought 6 different RVs with two currently! From Van Life to motorhomes, and travel trailers. So, I know how Navigating the world of RV ownership is a thrilling yet daunting journey. From the allure of open roads to the freedom of setting up camp wherever you please, the RV lifestyle promises adventure at every turn. However, my own journey into RV ownership wasn’t without its pitfalls. Take my RV buying advice and learn from some of the crucial RV buying mistakes I made they might just save you from a few headaches:

RV Buying Mistakes To Avoid

  • 1. Rushing the RV Purchase
  • 2. Feeling Pressured to Buy
  • 3. Opting for a New RV
  • 4. Choosing the Wrong RV for My Lifestyle and Budget
  • 5. Purchasing an RV Warranty
  • 6. Buying a Tow Car Without Proper Consideration

RV Buying Mistakes & Lessons Learned:

1. Rushing the RV Purchase:

In my eagerness to hit the road, I rushed through the RV buying process. I didn’t take enough time to research different models, compare prices, or fully understand what I needed from my RV. Impulsivity led to overlooking important features and potential issues.

2. Feeling Pressured to Buy:

Whether it was the smooth-talking dealership salesperson, the excitement of my partner, or even the pressure from insurance deadlines, I felt rushed into making a decision. This external pressure clouded my judgment and influenced choices that weren’t necessarily aligned with my long-term plans.

3. Opting for a New RV:

The shiny allure of a brand-new RV was hard to resist. However, the hefty price tag and unexpected depreciation hit hard. Maintenance costs were higher than expected, and I quickly learned that newer doesn’t always mean better, especially for a budget-conscious nomad.

4. Choosing the Wrong RV for My Lifestyle and Budget:

I failed to assess my true needs and budget realistically. As a digital nomad, space for a mobile office was crucial, yet I compromised on living space for aesthetic appeal. This oversight led to discomfort and added expenses to retrofit the RV for my working needs.

5. Purchasing an RV Warranty:

In the excitement of buying my dream RV, I fell for the upsell of an extended warranty. While it seemed like a safety net at the time, the fine print revealed limitations that rendered it less useful than anticipated. A thorough inspection and understanding of the manufacturer’s warranty might have sufficed.

6. Buying a Tow Car Without Proper Consideration:

Investing in a tow car seemed like a practical choice initially. However, I underestimated the costs and maintenance involved. The additional logistics of towing impacted my travel plans and added stress rather than convenience.


Owning an RV is a transformative experience filled with highs and lows. By sharing my missteps, I hope fellow nomads and adventurers can avoid similar pitfalls. Patience, thorough research, and a clear understanding of personal needs are essential when diving into RV ownership. Embrace the journey—it’s not just about the destination but the lessons learned along the way that truly enrich the nomadic lifestyle. Remember, the road is long and full of surprises. Make informed choices, adapt as needed, and enjoy every moment of the ride!

RV Buying Mistakes


If we haven’t officially met, Hi I’m Blogging Brandi, an EX-Corporate Kool-Aid Drinker, born to be a Blogger, Creator, Digital Nomad, and Entrepreneur who loves RVing while running my own business on the road! Over 9 years ago, I traded my sticks & bricks lifestyle for a life on wheels. Quit my job, sold my house, and everything else, and then bought an RV! First, was a Travel Trailer, then Van Life, and eventually Motorhome Living! I created RVersity (RV + University) out of my love-hate relationship with RV Life!

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