Choosing the right Recreational Vehicle for your travels can seem like a formidable task. What size, shape, amenities, car type, trailers …. The list goes on. So what do you really need to know about RVs?
Here are a few easily explained pointers for beginners:
Size and budget
The size of the RV you ultimately decide to buy will very much depend on what you will need it for, and how many will be using it. If you are a couple seeking to head off on the open road, then you will obviously need a smaller RV than a family of six. Having said that, you may want plenty of space so you can have some ‘alone’ time when necessary! Let’s face it as much as we love our significant ‘other’ we all need a little time to ourselves to refocus. Good points to bear in mind when choosing an appropriate vehicle.
If you are planning a family trip, then you need to ensure that you have enough rooms and amenities to accommodate everyone’s comfort. Obviously, your individual budget will determine greatly the size of the RV you invest in. Make sure you determine clearly how much you want to spend and how much you are willing to negotiate, so you do not overstretch yourself. There will be other expenses required for the maintenance of your vehicle, as well as the initial cost.
Decide on a type
When you first start shopping for your RV it is likely you will feel like a kid in a sweet shop. There is an abundance of RVs to choose from:
- Travel trailers
- 5th Wheel RVs
These are just a handful of available RVs. There are many guides, tips, and advice online, at RV Supply Co the experts explain the different sizes and costs, as well as a handy guide to traveling with an RV. It is important to explore places you can take your RVs and any rules and regulations of campsites etc that you may not be aware of. To learn more, here are some of the different types of trailers by camperguide.org/teardrop-
The advantage of buying a motorhome model is that you drive your home. You do not need to worry about having a separate car to tow the vehicle. Motorhomes remain one of the popular choices, but also so most pricey. They are amongst the largest on the market and ideal for big families, seeking independence and freedom. Because they are so big, they typically have the most and best features of all RVs and are easy to customize. There is plenty of room for storage and is ideal if you are going on a long haul trip. Think bikes, camping gear, extra food, etc.
If you have a suitable car for towing, then a trailer option is ideal. A trailer is a good option if you wish to explore remote areas where you can’t take large vehicles. With a trailer, you can unhitch and still have a smaller vehicle to explore with. You also don’t have all the mechanical aspects to deal with, as a trailer is unpowered. Only powered by your towing car or van. For a micro option, vans and campers are perfect. There are tiny or micro versions with a pop-top roof that are affordable and ideal for exploring the ‘not so easy’ to get to nooks and crannies of the world.
Deciding what features you want in your RV is paramount to making it exactly what YOU need. Consider how many beds you can comfortably add. There are usually options to have bunk beds or convertible sofas added to your vehicle. On most RVs, you will be able to add an entertainment system with the right electrical systems installed. You also have the option to have an outside connection cable connection hook up, which would enable you to watch or listen to stuff whilst enjoying the great outdoors. Great for the kids.
Washing amenities can be as basic or luxurious as you like, depending on size. Obviously, with larger models, there is more scope for installing baths and basins, but for the smaller ones you may need to put up with a shower and limited storage. If you are heading around areas with a hotter climate you may want to consider installing an air-con system. Those tin boxes can get very hot in the summer and will be very uncomfortable if you are heading for the sun. Owning an RV essentially opens up the world. Having a home on wheels means that you are never a few hours away from an adventure. By investing in the right RV you can make those dreams come true and live a life of spontaneity and excitement. Welcome to your mobile life!