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How to Choose the Right RV

Posted on August 21, 2018

For the outdoor enthusiast, there's nothing better than a successful camping trip where you can disconnect from real life and enjoy one another's company. A great RV makes enjoying the outdoors easy so you can create memories with family and friends. But how do you find the right fit?

Budget and Financing: What kind of monthly payment fits your budget?

Considered a recreational luxury vehicle, an RV should easily fit into your budget so you can enjoy it for years to come - even through the ups and downs of life's financial. Apply for an RV loan online or visit any of our branches for pre-approval to see what you can afford.

Also consider extended warranties and insurance policies that can make a bad day worse or leave you with peace of mind when the unexpected happens on the road.

Layout: Who is traveling with you?

Travel trailers and motorhomes offer a large variety of layout options ranging from luxurious master bedroom suites to toy haulers with an attached garage quarters and even bunk houses with fold-down table beds. Consider who your most frequent travel companions may be, the vehicle with which you'll typically be hauling, and whether Fido will need a designated area. How much privacy to you need?

Type of RV: What kind of camping are you planning to do?

Think about whether the majority of your outings will be road-tripping and staying in well-groomed campgrounds, or if you crave the solitude and adventure of exploring the backcountry.

  • Class A-C motorhomes offer a vehicle and accommodations in one, but they don't have separate transportation  to get around your destination after you arrive.
  • Travel trailers are light-weight with a great variety of amenities and sized to fit just about every preference and lifestyle, but you'll want to research towing capacity and the number of axles you need for comfortable pulling.
  • Fifth-wheel trailers attach to the bed of a truck and offer easy pulling and maneuvering capability, but they're heavy! Make sure your towing vehicle has the capacity to safely pull your house on wheels.
  • Pop-up trailers are ideal for the seasonal weekender and don't typically need year-round protection from weather.

Geographic Area: Where are you heading?

Think about the type of area you visit most often. Do you need solar panels for backup power, a hybrid option for bear country, or four-season weather protection? Consider storage, fridge capacity, and the outside living space like the need for an awning or BBQ grill accessibility.

Jot down your answers to these questions before starting your search to find the perfect RV for your great adventures! Happy camping!

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