By Margo Armstrong
1) Decide whether you want to roam freely or stay in one place for a season. If you like to drive, the road calls to you, if not, find a fun place to stay for six months. The resort cost is cheaper the longer you stay.
2) If it turns out you are a nester, buy a fifth wheel. If the road calls to you, purchase a motorhome.
3) Buy quality; buy older not newer.
4) If a motorhome is your choice, the type of engine is the next decision. Decide on long-term reliability and power with a diesel, or easy maintenance and accessibility with a gas engine.
5) Once the perfect RV is located, have an RV inspector check it out for you. Even if you are pretty handy around vehicles, RVs are a different breed. At least have a mobile repairperson use this checklist to make sure everything is good to go. Find the checklist here.
Find more about choosing that first RV here.