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  • Published on Aug 12, 2014

    How to Buy an RV

    One of the most exciting times in any campers life is going RV shopping and picking out your brand new RV. 

    Before you shop however, here is a good guide to follow to make sure you are getting the best deal out there!

    1. Set Goals

    The number one thing to remember when RV shopping is to set goals and stick with them! These goals can be price range, size, amenities, what type of camper you want, etc. 

    Sticking to your goals will help you get exactly what you want and it will also help you avoid getting someting out of your price range. By setting your goals, you can go in knowing what you want and eliminate most RVs that don't fit your needs.

    2. The Test Drive

    Test drives are mostly for motorhomes, but it also wouldn't hurt to learn to drive towable RVs as well.

    When test-driving a motorhome, it is a good idea to try and drive on different terrains. If you plan on taking it in the mountains or on rough terrain, see if you can drive it on something other than a road. 

    The biggest difference between driving RVs and cars is that they won't handle the same, especially around turns. Test-driving is always a good idea to see what kind of RV is manageable for you. The last thing you want to do is get an RV that you can't drive safely.

    Another tip to remember is that once people and all your items are in the RV, weight could become an issue, so make sure you know what you are in for when driving an RV with a lot of weight.

    3. What About Financing?

    If you're like most, you'll probably be financing at least part of your purchase. Try to obtain a loan from a local bank before you purchase an RV to avoid being caught not being approved to buy. 

    Another thing to consider is that because every motorhome most likely has a bed, kitchen, sink and bathroom, the IRS classifies them as homes. This means that the interest on your loan may be tax deductible as a home mortgage.

    4. Maintenance 

    Every know and then something might go wrong with your RV or motorhome. If you don't like to spend time fixing things or paying a lot of money, you may want to consider getting a smaller camper. The rule of thumb on RVs is that the bigger the RV, the more that can go wrong.

    5. Don’t Buy Right Away

    One of the most important things you can do when buying is to always shop around. Don't just buy from your first stop. Look around, compare prices and find the best deal that you can!

    Looking for sales, promotions and other things that can save you money should always be a top priority. 

    Harper Camperland

    ​We hope this guide helps you on your journey of picking out the right RV for you and your crew.

    At Harper Camperland we believe not only will you find a great RV at a great price, you will also find great people!

    Check out our list of new and used RVs as well as our top notch service department.

    If you are in the market for a new RV, stop by Harper today!

     

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