Camping season is just around the corner, which means it’s the perfect time to plan the kind of adventures you want to take this year.
Whether you’re buying your first RV, upgrading or downsizing, these three golden rules will help you find the best fit for your lifestyle and budget so that you can get the most out of your investment and the season.
1. Make sure you’re equipped to tow your new unit
Before you can find your perfect RV, you need to tackle one major detail: how to get your RV from point A to point B. Unless it’s a motorized unit, how are you going to get your RV off the lot? What is the maximum towing capacity of your truck, minivan or SUV? What’s the size of the engine? These answers can all be found in the vehicle owner’s manual, but we always recommend coming to your local Fraserway RV dealership and asking our frontline staff to help you find the right fit for you. It’s always better to be safe!
If you find yourself falling in love with the idea of a fifth wheel or large travel trailer but don’t have a truck that can tow it, we can help with that. Ask us about our vacation certified trucks, which are next-to-new and have been gently driven only five months of the year by tourists – so you can get a nearly new truck without the sticker shock of “new.”
2. Identify your long-term camping goals
If you’re new to RVing, you’re bound to be excited about all the great adventures you can have this season. However, seeing that buying an RV is an important investment, it’s crucial to remember that your current lifestyle will likely evolve over time.
Here are two basic but helpful questions to ask yourself:
- How many people will usually be in your party? This could just mean your family, but could also include extended family or friends. If you want to bring along more people, consider floor plans that offer sufficient sleeping space. Also, keep in mind that more people means more belongings, so storage space and weight of your gear are other important factors.
- What do you like to do at your campsite. Now that you know how many people you're bringing, think of what you plan on doing once you're at your destination. Toys such as fishing poles, ATVs, bikes and kayaks require additional storage space. Identifying your interests will help determine the RV that best fits your lifestyle.
These are just a few of the scenarios you should consider in your RV search. Our stellar sales team is here to answer all these questions and more, helping you find not only the best RV for your budget but also for your current and future needs.
3. Think of where you will store your RV
As we said in the previous section, once you take your RV off the lot, you’ll have to store it somewhere. Tent trailers collapse into small, compact spaces, but trailers (especially fifth wheels) and motorized RVs require larger storage space. If you have a large driveway with space for multiple cars or a large property, storage will be more readily available for you.
If you live in an area where you rely on street parking, you’ll need to consider off-site storage on a flat surface. Storage facilities exist and are available at a cost, so just remember to factor this into your overall budget.
Aside from parking, keep in mind that some campgrounds actually have limits on the size of units that can park there. For example, if your favourite campsite has a 30-foot limit, you probably don’t want to buy a unit longer than that.
And that’s it! As always, we’re here to answer any question you may have about buying your first RV, upgrading or downsizing; there are no wrong or silly questions with your friends at your local Fraserway RV!