There are no two ways about it – buying an RV is a significant investment, and should be a family decision. If you are going to spend the money to add an RV to your personal property, you want to make sure that it is something you will use and enjoy for many years to come. While many people consider their RV vacations the highlight of the year, traveling in this way is not for everyone. Think carefully about the kinds of things you and your family enjoy doing on vacation, and the kinds of places you like to visit, and then decide if an RV is the best way to make those things happen.
As you work through the process of deciding whether or not to purchase an RV, ask yourself the three questions below.
Where would we go on vacation?
Before you even set foot on an RV dealership lot, take some time to browse the web and look for potential destinations for your RV vacations. You might already know of a place or two you would like to visit, but take some time to do research and see if there are any other options within your general area that would be interesting to you and your family. You want to make sure there are plenty of spots for you to take trips if you are going to spend the money on an RV purchase.
As part of this exercise, think about how far you would be willing to drive for most trips and use that number to focus your search. If you and your family really don’t want to be in the RV traveling for more than five hours, for example, make sure to search within a five hour drive radius from your house. Some people are more willing to drive long distances than others, so this will have to be a personal choice based on your own preferences.
What would we do on vacation?
What sounds like a great vacation to one family might sound terrible to another. Love to play nice golf courses and enjoy high-end resort amenities? There is nothing wrong with that – but an RV might not be the best use of your recreation money. Enjoy fishing, hiking, boating, and other outdoors activities? RV ownership could be right up your alley. Think about not only where you could go on vacations, but what you could do when you get there. If you would enjoy fishing, then you will need to find an RV that allows you to take along a boat as well. Think ahead in terms of activities so you can decide not only if an RV is right for you, but also what kind of RV would serve you best.
What does the future look like for our family?
Buying an RV is not a short-term proposition. In order for the purchase to make financial sense, you will want to be enjoying your RV for many years to come. With that in mind, what does the future look like for your family in the next few years? Are the kids going off to college, or maybe getting married? While a large RV might be perfect for your family today, it may be way too big for you and your spouse in just a couple short years. Conversely, maybe you are planning to add to your family in the near future and might need a larger RV in the years to come. This possibility might lead you to buy a bigger rig than you need now, with the idea that your family will grow into it over time.
RV traveling is great fun, and offers the opportunity to make some wonderful memories. It is not, however, for everyone. Considering how much money you will have to spend to purchase an RV of your own, it is not a decision to be taken lightly. Think about the three questions above, and talk them over with your family. After spending some time thinking and reviewing all of the RV vacation options in your local area, you should soon have a clear decision as to whether or not buying an RV will be the best way to go.