At last count, there are around 10 million RV owners and around 17 million folks considering making a purchase. RVs have become a very popular option for families and retirees to “get away from it all.” The popularity of RVs has increased no doubt over safety concerns. It is safe to travel with your “home.” If you’re thinking about getting in on the fun, then there are some things you’ll need to consider before making an RV investment. Here’s what you need to do:

Visit Dealerships

Just as you would visit multiple car dealerships for a new auto, you should do the same when considering an RV. This is definitely something to do with the entire family. After all, that is who will be sharing/living in the RV. You want to get a sense of the different styles and layouts. If you have a chance to take in an RV show, then you might be able to see a lot of options.

Make a “Must Have” List

Traveling in an RV is really like traveling in your home. That is why you want to make sure you’ve got a “must-have” list as part of your shopping plans. How many people do you need to sleep on your RV? Are you going to use it in all seasons? What is your budget? How important is storage and towing capacity? Get it all down so you won’t be limited.

Consider Used RVs

Used RVs might be a viable option in terms of pricing. You might also discover that an RV that has been “broken in” will have fewer problems than a new rig. You would apply the same considerations as with a used car in terms of mileage and repair/accident history. You might find an RV that actually hasn’t got a lot of miles on it and is in good condition.

Think About How You Want To Use the RV

When you think RV, you think mobile vacation. Nothing wrong with that. But RVs are being used for a lot more. Would you be homeschooling your kids or operating a remote business from your RV? Do you want to make RV parks your destination or are you more interested in campgrounds? You can travel to both but hooking up your RV has to be a consideration.

Try Renting First

Driving an RV is a big commitment. It helps if you can share the driving duties. That might mean renting an RV of comparable size to the one you’re interested in. That will let you see firsthand what it is like to get behind the wheel. You might discover a smaller rider is a better way to go for your needs. Try them all!