How to Buy the Right Motorhome

If you are thinking about buying a motorhome, it is important to know that it is one of the largest investments you will make. Only buying a house or financing a college education comes close to the cost of a motorhome. Because of the high prices associated with motorhomes, be sure you know what you want before buying.

It is always a good plan to learn about the mechanics of owning and driving an RV. You should also look into the types of motorhome that exist to find just the right one for your situation.

But let’s back up just for a second to that first decision you need to make. “Is RV’ing for me?” should be the first question you answer before you start considering making the purchase.

If you want to know for sure whether RV’ing is enjoyable for you, the best method is simply to take a test drive! Rent a motorhome similar to the style you are interested in and take it out for a vacation. Within 4 to 7 days of vacationing, you’ll know if you are able to operate and park the vehicle with ease. You’ll also know if you enjoy RV’ing enough to buy one for your own use.

You can buy a motorhome from one of three unique classes, known as A, B, and C. The Class A motorhome is often built on the chassis of a commercial truck chassis, a commercial van chassis, or a designer chassis intended just for motorhomes. A Class A will give you the most spacious living area as well, with a total length between 20 and 45 feet.

At the low end of the budget, a Class A motorhome can cost 50K. A Class A can cost as much as your bank account will allow, with specialty motorhomes selling for up to a million dollars. Although you won’t have to pay that much, it is instructive to know how high the cost can rise.

A Class B motorhome will most often be built on the chassis of a van. You might know that Class B RV’s are usually converted vans which have undergone customization to lift the roof. You get a lot more head-room this way, and some folks can even stand upright in a Class B.

You should plan on a Class B if your trips include only one other person and are usually only about a week long or less. You can buy a Class B for a starting price of 30,000, but expect a lot of variance as far as pricing goes.

The Class C motorhomes are the final class we will consider. Usually, a Class C will be built on the chassis of a truck and the van will be joined with a cab section. This cab area can be based on either a truck or a van, with truck-based cabs leading the field.

The one characteristic that stands out about this class of RV is that they usually are constructed with a cab-over style in which one of the sleeping areas is placed. These motorhomes are oftentimes referred to as mini-motorhomes.

So that should give you a pretty good idea of the different types of motorhomes that are on the market. Good luck, and happy shopping.

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