Johnston RV Country Blog

  • Published on Jun 05, 2019

    Choosing the right RV for you and your family takes time, determination, and a lot of thinking. Below are 10 questions that you should ask yourself before buying one to bypass the confusing search process.

    1. What kind of camping do you want to do? 

    Knowing what kind of camping that you prefer will determine the style of RV you may choose. If you like the whole bonfire and pitching a tent kind of camping then you may look at a pop tent or or travel trailer. If you like something a little less outdoorsy then glamping sounds like you! An Airstream, vintage or a Class A RV would be a great fit.

    2. Where do you want to camp?

    This is an important question! If you love the outdoors and visiting National Parks then an RV under 32 feet is a perfect fit. It is small enough to fit in an average parking space and use the average power of 30 amps. The public park system is perfect for campers, camper vans, and small travel trailers.

    If you are looking for a full-amenity RV then a Class A is a great choice! Keep in mind that the larger your RV is the more you have to consider. Most large RVs require 50amps of power. Mentioned above, the average park can support only 30 amps. 

    3. Will you travel consistently or stay in one place?

    The bigger your RV the more fuel it will take. If you are staying in one place then your RV should have more daily needs, like a traveling apartment! Except that even though it is a small house, it is still more like a vehicle and requires more maintenance. If you are wanting to enjoy more of the camping experience away from town in the great outdoors you need an RV that can accommodate. Larger holding tanks are needed as well as solar capabilities. Most RV's sit low to the ground but you will need one that is higher and does not damage as easy. 

    4. How many people and pets will you travel with?

    It's obvious! The more people you are traveling with the bigger the RV you will need. Bunk beds are a great space saver if you have kids. If the trip is long then you might want to consider having a private room to read, nap, or just have some time to yourself. If you are traveling with your furry friends make sure that the parks you stop at are pet-friendly. 

    5. Do you have a truck to use? Is it big enough?

    Many people choose to pull a travel trailer or fifth wheel because they already have a truck. But make sure that your truck is big enough to pull your rig. Often people will buy a trailer, assuming that their truck will do the trick. You may find out that you need to purchase a bigger truck in order to use it. Do some research first and find out the pulling capabilities of your truck. After buying a new truck and RV trailer it could have been more cost effective to just buy a Class A RV. 

    6. What is your budget?

    Save yourself time and money by going into a lot with a number in mind. This will also help you decide if you should buy new or used depending on your travel requirements. There is no need to get excited over an RV that is double your budget, keep your number in mind!

    7. Who is going to drive?

    Driving an RV is definitely not for everyone. Think about who will be driving the RV before you make the purchase. It is a great idea to take it for a test drive before handing over the money. Each one drives differently, so find the one that works best for your family. 

    8. What are the 3 most important features of your life?

    You will most likely be downsizing when traveling in an RV. While there are so many features that you would like, keep in mind the 3 most important ones. Just be ready to compromise on a lot! Here are some examples:

    Bunk beds, dishwasher, washer/dryer, diesel engine, storage, extra rooms/bathrooms, ability to go anywhere

    9. Will you finance?

    The first step is getting approved! Look at what you can qualify for and make a monthly budget. Keep in mind all of the other expenses that come along with it. Gas, park stay, and maintenance need to be considered.

    If you've decided you want to finance your new motor home, fifth wheel, travel trailer, folding camper or toy haueler you are not alone! With a minimum down payment and approved credit you can arrange credit financing with us.

    Talk to a Johnston RV Country rep about your RV financing needs!

    For Jaycos and used RVs in Webster call Brian Marcucci at (585) 787-4600 ext. 217

    For Forest River, Keystone and used RVs in Palmyra call Mike Shute at (315) 597-5388 ext. 100

    10. How long do you plan to RV?

    It is very common to start off small and eventually buy a larger RV. But to avoid doing this soon think about your future. If you are planning on more children, go ahead and get the RV with extra bunk beds. If you are just a weekend traveler but eventually wanting to RV full-time. Stick with a smaller one until that time comes. But ultimately, make sure that is the right RV for you!

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