When folks get to a point in life that they’re ready to travel more, it’s often easy for them to settle for a cheaper RV due to prices. But the extra cost may be worth it. If you think about it carefully, you’ll realize that to use a vehicle primarily for long trips requires more than a normal level of car ride comfort.
Maybe you should have a checklist to make sure your money is being spent and used on something that will last you a long time and take care of your needs on the road. Consider these things before buying an RV and ask yourself, is this vehicle up to par with what I want and need for long distance traveling?
So first of all, you want to make sure everything in the RV that you need or want to use works or isn’t close to breaking. If something is made cheaply and looks like it won’t last long, take this into consideration. Because unless you’re into self-renovating (which is great if you are!), you don’t want to do unnecessary work.
Before buying an RV, ask about working appliances, try opening all doors (cabinets and room doors), inspect it and make sure it’s been checked for bugs or other problems and ultimately, if there’s anything that doesn’t work, make sure they’re manageable to you if you choose to forego getting them fixed. Nothing’s perfect but you don’t want to settle here.
Some RVs are designed for luxury and the more I think about it, the more necessary some luxury seems to me. I’m not saying you should spend your life savings on this or anything, but you want to have your space and to feel at home in your RV – after all, you’ll be seeing a lot of the world in it and probably traveling large distances.
Nice beds, kitchen set ups, couches, television sets – a lot of these things are customizable but they are most certainly worth the extra time it might take. If you’re traveling in the winter and fall, some RVs even come with electric fireplaces! It comes down to where you’re traveling and what you want to spend but it’s not a bad idea to give yourself a little extra leeway here.
It Provides Enough Comfort
Long travels shouldn’t be miserable. I urge you to ask yourself, will this vehicle help me rest or is it a bad move for my enjoyment? Are the bumps in the road unbearable because the seats in the van hurt your back? Are the beds functioning for a good night sleep and can you fall asleep while someone else is driving through late night hours?
The bathroom should be usable and not too cramped as well. After all, if you can’t enjoy your drives, what’s the point of spending more on an RV in the first place?
It Meets Your Needs
Bathrooms, beds, and places to keep your food and make it – make sure ultimately that what you need for long term travel is taken care of in your RV. These vehicles are like houses on wheels, and the needs you have in a home should be met by this investment.
Budget and cost is always a factor but waiting longer to purchase a vehicle could save you more money on the long run. Instead of eating out, you can cook inside. Instead of having to stop for pee breaks, you can just comfortably go in your vehicle. And going back to everything working, make sure your appliances that are meant to meet these needs work efficiently.