If you are giving serious thought to the purchase of a recreational vehicle for its leisurely value, you may be making a wise, but definitely expensive, choice in modes of travel. An RV is where you will have some of the best vacations of your life and is the closest thing to camping without actually going “all the way.”
An RV is a wonderful means of traveling the country with family and friends, but it can be very costly. So you before you pay hard-earned dollars for such an investment, you should first determine whether you can afford it, it’s ongoing maintenance costs, and how you will pay for it over time.
The purchase of a recreational vehicle should definitely not be done on a whim. It is a decision that should be made allowing due time for prudent consideration so you know exactly what you are getting into.
That being said, though, because of the popularity of these “homes on wheels,” many recreational vehicles are within reach of people’s financial capabilities even if they are on budgets.
Before making a decision to finance one or buy one outright, you should consider taking one for a test drive or renting it for several days. That way you get a feel for available vehicles and RV options to help decide which might suit your lifestyle.
Depending on your lifestyle, you may prefer an RV that can be towed behind your vehicle, or you can buy the motor home style. Most RV’s are very comfortable and made with larger families in mind, so chances are you will be very pleased with that aspect of your eventual selection.
However, the depreciation value is not so hot. Consequently, if you want an RV that will retain its value over time, you are better off choosing the trailer type of RV.
If your budget will not permit a newer recreational vehicle, you can certainly buy one used. Many showrooms sell a line of pre-owned RV’s specifically made available for budget conscious consumers. If a used RV is on your radar, have it checked out thoroughly to ensure its longer term reliability, just as you would when considering a used car.
When your choice is a brand new model instead, you should also have it inspected from top to bottom. Just because it is new doesn’t mean there aren’t flaws. Verify that all warranties are in place and have considerable time remaining on them.
You may be financially capable of paying outright for your RV, but chances are you will need some sort of RV loan. You can either choose to work directly through your bank or obtain special financing through the RV dealer.
Many RV companies have on-site lenders or special lenders available who deal strictly with recreational vehicles. The maximum amount for which you should consider taking an RV loan is 20 years. Less time is even better.
With a down payment of roughly 20%, the interest rate will be more affordable so you can get on the road as soon as possible without being distracted by financial woes.
An RV is an excellent way to spend many lazy days with your family, but make sure you can afford it before leaping into such a significant purchase.