Even though you recently bought a used RV, it’s NOT ready for a road trip just yet. There are a few things you must do in order to make sure that your RV is safe, disinfected, and ready for you to travel in first! Here’s your checklist of 10 things to do before hitting the road in a secondhand RV.
Before You Buy An RV
Have you always dreamed of traveling in an RV? Before you buy one, you might want to rent one first. At the very least, make sure that you know the differences between the various types of RVs (travel trailers, fifth wheels, and motorhomes) and all the RV classes (Class A, Class, B, and Class C motorhomes). Here, RVers are sharing tips for choosing the best RV for your needs and things look out for when buying or selling an RV for full- or part-time travel.
Did you know that you can save money on your taxes if you buy an RV? Yep. Here are all the IRS tax deductions for RV owners. And… if you run your business out of your RV, then the RV tax deduction is even greater!
See how I built a Class B motorhome from a cargo van. Today, I’m covering the first step in my DIY RV camper van conversion series: How to choose the best cargo van for an RV conversion.
RVers share their personal experiences and helpful tips for renting an RV. What you can expect when you rent, RV rental costs & fees, where to rent an RV near you, RV rental insurance, and other little-known facts about renting RVs.
You can buy a teardrop camper that’s ready to go with all the extras, you can roll up your sleeves and build one yourself, or you can rent a teardrop trailer and travel freely. However you do it, there’s no time like the present to get on the road and see everything this country has to offer from the comfort of an RV!
Before you let the salesman at the RV dealership get you into that chair in his office, you should know ahead of time what your trade-in is worth, and what the RV you’re interested in buying is really worth. That way, you will know the bottom line that you are willing to accept before he even starts the routine of going back and forth to the sales manager. Here’s how to determine RV prices and values.
Obviously, a luxury motorhome doesn’t get the best RV gas mileage. But see how RV travel trailers and diesel pushers compare in terms of RV fuel economy.
I bought a used diesel pusher. Here are 5 things you should closely examine before buying a used motorhome. Plus reasons a diesel pusher is usually the best buy.
Here is the most effective way to sell your RV online… 6 clever tips from an RV expert to make your online ad stand out from the rest.
Here’s everything you need to know about RV locks, keys, and trailer hitch locks that will ultimately prevent thieves from driving away with your RV trailer or fifth wheel.
If you haven’t had much exposure to the RV lifestyle before, then you’re probably wondering what Class A, B, and C are all about. Here are the advantages and disadvantages of the 3 RV types.
Choosing between 5th wheel trailers and bumper pull trailers depends on a number of factors that are all spelled out for you right here. Deciding based on price alone could be a big mistake.
Here are some tips to keep in mind when you’re shopping for your next RV. They’re especially important if you’re going to be on the road for an extended period of time or planning on becoming a full timer. These tips will keep you not only clean, but happy with your RV bathroom!
Thinking of converting an old bus or motorcoach into an RV? Here’s what you need to know BEFORE you begin the project. RV bus conversions and bus motorhome conversions are well worth the effort, as long as you think it through ahead of time.
My best advice is to make sure that you rent an RV from a reputable rental agency — because they will protect you from any potential RV rental pitfalls. I’ve got some tips to ensure that you don’t get burned or left stranded somewhere if problems should arise during your journey. Start here for what you need to know about the parts and systems on a rental RV.
Things you should know to avoid getting taken when you buy a used RV. Take it from someone whose been there, done that!
RV values are affected by more than just mileage and condition. The economy, local buying habits, even where you live will all have an impact on the true RV values. This video shows how RV dealers give themselves plenty of room for negotiation, when it comes to setting RV values.
A teardrop trailer makes the perfect 2-person RV when your tow vehicle is a lightweight SUV or small car. Building a teardrop trailer from scratch is easy, especially with plans ordered on the Internet. See the whole building process from start to finish in this video.
RV buying involves making many comparisons to find out which type best matches your needs. Fifth wheel RVs and motorhomes have some dramatic differences that are spelled out for you here. There’s even a video of another option, the Sprinter Van based motorhome.
RV pictures alone just aren’t enough when you want to see details of the many features inside RVs. RV virtual tours make it possible to see all of those special features up close. Watch these RV virtual tours to find your next dream RV.
As Class B RVs become more popular, the Sprinter Van stands heads and shoulders above all the rest. I mean that literally, because they’re the only van made with full stand-up interior height right from the factory. The Sprinter Van is the hottest new RV on the market right now!
The upgrade to a diesel pusher RV is a big step. There’s a lot to learn, much of which isn’t even mentioned in the owners manual. Take notes & ask a lot of questions during your walk through. This video shows how complicated diesel pusher RVs really are.
Why spend hours walking from one RV to the next. Shopping for your next RV online is so much easier and narrows the field down to only a few when it comes time to make the final decision. This video show how much you can learn about an rv online.
Montana holding companies are a way to legally avoid sales tax on the purchase of high end RVs. There are pros and cons and legal obligations involved, but if it’s right for you there will be many thousands of dollars saved.
There are many decision that you must make when choosing the best RV for you. Think about your circumstances these other factors and then make a list of pros & cons of each type of RV.
Is the price of a new Class B RV just too much for your budget? Consider building your own like I did. You can save a bundle and have a lot of fun doing it. Here’s a video showing one man’s motorhome creation that’s a real showpiece.
Owning a diesel pusher RV is like living in the lap of luxury in comparison to their gas engine RV counterparts. There are pros & cons to consider when you make the leap from a gas engine RV to a luxury diesel pusher RV.
A teardrop RV trailer can be the perfect way to stay comfortable when you’re winter camping. This video shows why teardrop trailers are great for winter camping.
Rather than accepting the quick depreciation that comes with buying a new RV, why not buy a used RV and remodel it to suit your tastes? The money savings alone can be substantial!
Keystone has come out with an RV first: a 2-story travel trailer! Who wouldn’t want to have a second floor bedroom? Actually all of the other features inside the Keystone Outback Loft make it possible to sleep LOTS of people inside!
The whole RV industry is rapidly changing to meet the needs of customers looking for more economical ways to travel. Along the way, many old familiar companies are falling by the wayside like Fleeetwood and Beaudry.
For those on a small budget, a teardrop or other lightweight RV trailer is an excellent option.
By looking at all aspects of the RV lifestyle ahead of time, when it comes time to sign the contract on that new RV your decision will be based on a clear understanding of the types of expenses associated with RVing as a whole.
After owning numerous larger RVs while we were full timing, now that we only take shorter trips a smaller RV seemed appropriate. We still enjoy RVing, but we no longer need a 37-foot vehicle and multiple slideouts. Our 2007 Dutchmen 18B travel trailer is half the RV we had before. See how it has worked out for us!
Fleetwood travel trailers have officially become a classic RV vehicle. On March 9, 2009 Fleetwood stopped producing new travel trailers. Fleetwood motorhomes are still going strong, however. Here’s the scoop…
It’s easier — and safer — to buy a new car these days than it is to buy a new or used RV in many cases. Here’s why… and what to look for.
If you’re in the market for a new RV, you might want to consider one of the Class B motorhomes based on the Dodge Sprinter. The Dodge Sprinter platform replaces the Dodge Tradesman.
Even if you think you can’t afford an RV, I bet you can afford this RV. It’s called a teardrop trailer. You can buy a teardrop trailer kit that only requires basic skills to put together. Or, buy teardrop trailer plans and build it entirely from scratch yourself.
If there ever was a time to buy an RV, it’s now. RV dealers are practically giving away their RVs, and private owners are selling RVs for pennies on the dollar. However, bank financing has tightened up, so how can you come up with enough money for the down payment?
Does this bleak economy indicate the death of the RV lifestyle? Will the RV industry disappear? I don’t think so. It may go through some dramatic changes, there may be some downsizing, and quite possibly some manufacturers will fall by the wayside, but if you ask me RVing will survive. Here’s how.
Here are a few good reasons to register your RV in the state of Montana. See how registering your RV in Montana can save you a few bucks, effectively eliminating the sales tax on your new RV.
Just like homeowners are starting to downsize their homes in order to become more cost & space-conscious, RVers are also downsizing these says, as a way to save money while still having fun out on the road. Here are the pros & cons of downsizing your RV lifestyle, plus a few things you may want to think about.
Fleetwood is one RV manufacturer that knows the business inside and out, and side to side. Fleetwood is indeed the be all, do all of the RV manufacturing industry. Here’s why.
This year Country Coach has brought to market a project that’s been 18 months in the works: the new Veranda motorcoach has arrived. It’s a 45-foot motorhome with an incredible slideout that turns into a 13-foot balcony!
Gulf Stream, a leading manufacturer of a full range of RV products was founded and is still owned by the Shea family — since 1971. Gulf Stream strives to follow all the units they build throughout their entire life. They not only register the RVs of original owners, but also second owners. Now that’s a level of commitment most other RV manufacturers just don’t bother with!
Here is some helpful information about buying Airstream trailers and restoring Airstreams, as well as tips for enjoying a classic travel trailer such as an Airstream.
My top 2 choices for our next RV would be a 25-foot fifth wheel trailer and a teardrop trailer. Here’s why these RVs are tops on my list…
Even when RV tires look like new and have plenty of tread on them, if they are not used regularly and shielded from the sun, then they WILL fail early — and may cause a blowout! Here’s how to protect your tires and prevent tire rot.
The fact of the matter is, the longer a motorhome is parked and unused, the faster its value declines. Top that with the fact that RVs stored in harsher climates — either too hot or too cold; too dry or too snowy & rainy — can be dramatically decrease in value and even become worthless. Here’s what to look for before you buy a used RV motorhome.
You can save a lot of money by buying a used 5th wheel or RV trailer, rather than a new one. Whether you’re looking for a recreational vehicle for full time RVing, or just the occasional road trip, here’s what to look for in a used RV trailer.