Where Should You Start When Shopping for an RV? 155

So, you want to buy your family an RV? Well, awesome! RV ownership and all that comes with it can be one of the most rewarding things you can do.

You’ll learn new skills, go to awesome locations and show your family all that this great country has to offer. There’s state parks, national parks, and so much more. Before you can get started though, you’ll need to buy your RV. But where do you start?

Start At Your Kitchen Table

Portrait of a mature family couple with documents at kitchen table
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It might sound kind of odd, but you should really start at your kitchen table. You need to sit down with your family, specifically your spouse or significant other and go over what you can afford. Don’t go into the RV buying process without knowing what you can easily afford.

You should have a full dollar amount you feel comfortable paying for the RV and a monthly amount that you can easily afford. If you’re taking out a loan to buy the RV (the vast majority of buyers do this) then you need to make sure you have a number that you can pay each month without putting needless strain on your family.

The good news is that many RVs can be had at very reasonable prices. The loan terms on an RV are much different than they are on a car, which means you can get an RV with an extremely reasonable monthly payment.

So, start there. Sit down at your table and discuss your budget with your family. You don’t necessarily need to include the kids (if you have some) at this point, but it can also be an easy way to teach your kids budgeting. Be realistic and err on the side of caution and you should find a number you’re comfortable with.

Think About How You Want to Use Your RV

a couple camping in their RV with a Kayak by the water
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The next step, before you start digging into the different types and classes of RV is to think about how you plan to use your RV. Are you going to spend a lot of time in it? Do you plan on taking long trips or short ones? How far do you plan to go? Who will be going on the trips with you?

These are all questions you need answers to before you start looking at motorhomes vs towable RVs or different classes of motorhomes.

Literally, get a pad of paper out and a pencil or pen and write this stuff down. Once you have all of these things figured out, or as close as they can be to being figured out, then you can start thinking about the individual RV you’d like to have.

It’s these early preparation tasks that will help ensure you get the right RV for you and your family.


When you’re ready to begin the shopping process, head over to Camping World’s website to see all of the RVs on sale

Where should you start when shopping for an RV?

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