Things to Consider Before Buying an RV

Embarking on the journey to purchase an RV is an exciting adventure filled with dreams of open roads, breathtaking landscapes, and the freedom to explore at your own pace. It’s also an investment that deserves thoughtful planning and consideration. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or new to the RV lifestyle, here are some factors to consider before making your purchase.


It’s always important to start with a budget in mind. With RVs comes a wide variety of prices, but just like with most other things, you get what you pay for. Determining how much you want to spend, while also thinking through what’s most important for you to have in your RV is a good first step. Are you interested in higher-quality and a longer warranty? Are you looking for specific bells and whistles? These factors all play a part in the price of an RV so getting a baseline for your budget is a good first step!

Intended Use

What do you plan to do with your RV? Are you looking for a weekend getaway vehicle, a seasonal home, or a full-time living solution? Are you planning to spend most of your time in a campground or are you looking to boondock with high frequency? Your intended use will significantly influence the type of RV you should consider. For example, a smaller, nimbler RV might be perfect for weekend trips, while a larger, fully equipped model might be better suited for extended stays or full-time RVing. A unit built to go off-road and off-grid will be important if you want to spend most of your time away from campsite hook-ups, but less necessary if campground hopping is more your style.

Family Lifestyle

Consider the needs and lifestyle of your family or travel partner(s). How many people will be traveling with you? Do you have pets? Think about sleeping arrangements, storage space, and living areas. If you have young children, you might need bunk beds or space to put kid-friendly essentials. For couples or solo travelers, a compact RV with fewer beds but more living space might be ideal. Additionally, think about how much privacy each family member needs and choose an RV layout that can accommodate that. Narrow down your floor plan search by purchasing a floor plan that will fit you most of the time, not one that will fit you only some of the time.

Dealer Reputation and Support

Buying an RV from a reputable, local dealer can make a significant difference in your purchasing experience. Look for local dealers with good reviews and strong after-sales support. A reliable dealer can provide valuable guidance, offer maintenance services, and help with any issues that arise after the purchase. And it’s very important to buy from your local dealer. You can read more about that here.

Warranty and Insurance

Finally, check the warranty offered and understand what it covers. A good warranty, such as Ember’s Easy As 1-2-3 warranty, can provide peace of mind and save you money on repairs. Additionally, don’t forget to get your RV covered under insurance for those “what if” occurrences.

By carefully considering these factors, you’ll be well-prepared to choose an RV that fits your budget, lifestyle, and travel goals leading to years of unforgettable memories! For help narrowing down what Ember is right for you, click here!

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