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10 Questions to Consider Before Buying An RV

Posted on Jul 15, 2021

As a leading provider of motorhome rentals in California, the experts at 1st Choice RV understand all of the magic that comes with renting an RV or motorhome. Many of our RV rental clients in Los Angeles return to us at the end of their trip highly considering purchasing a motorhome of their own. There is nothing quite like the freedom you feel by taking your own RV out on the road to explore The Golden State at your leisure. So if you are considering buying your own motorhome or RV in Southern California, what follows are ten frequently asked questions that potential buyers often have.

Are there different types of RVs?

Yes, there are. If you have already enjoyed a motorhome California road trip with 1st Choice, you are likely aware that there are many different sizes and classes of motorhomes in our Orange County RV rental fleet.
In short, though, you can break up the different types of RVs into two categories: motorhomes and towable RVs.
Motorhomes combine the living area and cockpit in the same unit, and towable RVs or travel trailers make up the category of RV that is towed behind another vehicle. However, within each broad category, there are many other subdivisions to explore. As an example, motorhomes can be further divided by classes. So do make sure, you learn the difference between each type of RV before you fully commit to it.

How big of an RV should I get?

This is very personal, but ultimately you need to decide how many people you will most often be traveling with and how self contained you would like to be. From there, you can make a list of needs and wants in terms of amenities and decide how much space is right for you.

When is the best time to buy?

There is no easy answer here but, like any other major purchase, it is wise to keep your eye on the market and not rush into anything. Renting an RV first is a great, stress-free way to feel out different options.

Can I test drive the RV at a dealership?

Not only can you test drive a motorhome or travel trailer before buying, but this is highly encouraged. While not that difficult, driving an RV does have a different feel than a car and it is critical that you are comfortable with this before moving forward with such a large commitment.

Can I bring my kids to the dealership?

Again, not only can you bring your kids to the RV dealership but you absolutely should. By having your whole family there you can best envision the size of motorhome that will suit you best and also give our kids a little ownership over the final decision!

What do I do with my RV when I’m not using it?

If you do not have room to store your RV at your home when it is not in use, there are many storage facilities that you can utilize. From private landowners to RV dealerships, there is no shortage of places to park your vehicle when it is not in use. Furthermore, you can also consider renting your RV out to others.

Are there financing options available?

Absolutely. Motorhomes are a considerable investment, and you can alleviate some of that initial financial burden by working with your dealer to create the perfect financing option for you. Many larger RVs can be paid off over up to 20 years.

Should I buy an used RV or motorhome?

Buying a used RV has its benefits. You can more easily customize the interior to your liking, will certainly save money on the initial investment, and enjoy cheaper insurance.

Is it better to buy a new RV?

New RVs are also a great but most expensive option. With a new RV, you will enjoy the manufacturer warranty from day 1, will not have to worry about any funky damage or wear and tear, and will likely find exactly what you want without having to shop around too hard.

What else do I need to consider when buying an RV?

There is a lot to take into consideration when buying an RV. Do you plan to live out of it for a considerable amount of time or will it be used for shorter vacations? How often do you plan on taking an RV road trip? How far do you plan to travel? How many people will you be traveling with? Do you want a luxury experience or a humble RV escape? These are all personal questions that, ultimately, you will need to answer on your own.

If you have enjoyed a California RV rental road trip in the past you know just how magical an RV can be. While some 1st Choice RV clients are happy to continue to use our Calabasas RV rental fleet, many of our customers return ready to purchase a motorhome of their very own. At 1st Choice, we do not only offer rental options but we also purchase an RV from us.

If you are not ready for the full commitment of a motorhome purchase, give the experts at 1st Choice RV a call today. We can help set you up with the rental vehicle of your dreams. And don’t forget that for renting an RV there are also a few things you need to consider! If you are ready, then make your RV rental reservation today!


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