By Kate Khom
UNITED STATES — RVs are an amazing compromise of mobility and comfort. You get to go on vacation without the worry of having to plan every single detail. There’s no such thing as hotels without any vacancies, not being able to make it in time to get your reservation nor are you constrained by rigid travel plans.
Also amazing for long-term use to live in as well, they’re a blessing if you need to travel around a lot. All in all, whatever your needs, there’s a way to fulfill them, with the right RV, which shows in how popular they are.
Goals and the Best Solutions
Let’s quickly go over the most pertinent questions:
- How large is your family?
- What are you going to use it for?
- Luxury or storage space?
- Renting or buying?
Your Family’s Needs
Consider the size of your family and the size of your potential RV, when making your decision to purchase or rent. For example, a three-person family will do OK with a Class B. While small, these have enough for such a small group.
However, if you go above that, you need to consider Class Cs or even A class buses, which tend to be very large, providing ample room for the needs of even very numerous families. Furthermore, Class As allow for the towing of another vehicle as well.
However, if you feel it might be better to look for something even more spacious for your family to fit into well, then you should consider the possibility of towable vehicles. Toy haulers or fifth-wheel trailers are an excellent choice and can be used for multiple different purposes.
Vacation or Living?
Things change quite a bit, depending on your answer to this question. For example, if you’re going on vacation, you need to be sure your chosen RV is:
- Easy to drive
- Allowed in campsites and even in national and state parks
- Weather resistant
The list could go on. What it boils down to, however, is whether or not you plan to go on a long, rambling vacation, a quick excursion or live in it. Even then, the question of how often you’re going to move is something you need to ask yourself.
In general, something like a Class C motorized RV or a pop-up camper might be best for the needs of a simple vacation. On the other hand, for living, you should consider something more permanent, like a Class A or a fifth-wheel towable.
This boils down to whether or not you want to prioritize extra storage space or extra living space and comfort. Class As for example give you the best of both worlds, but turn out to be quite a challenge in other aspects. Class Bs offer little of both, while Class Cs tend to be good for living but bad for storage. Towable versions, however, all largely offer both but tend to be fairly expensive and inconvenient, due to it.
It’s generally going to give you a different outlook when you’re picking your RV, based on whether you’re going to just rent it or own it for good. All things told, the best thing is to actually experiment. Rent before you buy.
This is the best way to determine what to do. How to strike that balance of affordable and luxurious enough to buy, while not risking your money. Another thing to note is to not be hasty even with renting. Considering everything beforehand saves you a lot of time and stress.
You should now know enough to make an informed decision on what the best choice is for your family. Good luck and may your chosen RV serve you well.
Kate is a passionate writer who likes sharing her thoughts and experience with the readers. Currently, she works as a real estate agent at https://hu.flatfy.com/. She likes everything related to traveling and new countries.