Selecting Your Perfect RV – Part 2
July 15th, 2017
Hello, and welcome back to Performance Trailer Braking's blog. In our last post, we discussed some of the top tips and questions to consider before you invest in an RV. For example, do you know what your plan is, and how long you intend to travel the country in your new RV? What about who to listen to when it comes to taking RV advice? If you want to learn more about how to choose the perfect RV for you, read on!
For some people, resale value won't matter much. For example, those of you who want to keep your RVs for decades will not need to be concerned with reselling. However, those who are starting out pretty inexpensively or know they will be buying a new one in a few years' time will definitely want to consider resale and trade-in value. Keep in mind, however, that Kelley Blue Book estimates and guides are not as accurate for RVs as they are for cars and trucks. This is usually because the manufacturers of RVs aren't as consistent with retail base pricing as they can be with cars. If you are researching resale values, we don't recommend jumping straight to guides.
In general, RVs with slideouts have a better resale value. The same is true for motor homes that have diesel engines over those with gasoline engines. Do your research if the resale value matters to you and proceed accordingly!
Are you going to be spending long amounts of time in state and national parks? If so, you aren't going to want to be toting around a 40-footer. Many of the campgrounds at these parks were not designed to handle massive RVs, as the grounds were designed 20 years ago or longer. Choose what matters more to you: having a wider range of campsites you get to visit, or having more living space? Think about your priorities.
We know that the point of your RV is to travel the country, and we get it! However, your RV selection might change depending on how often you change destinations and how far you intend to drive each day. Your answers might determine whether it makes more sense to get a motorhome or a towable. Shorter drives and longer stays mean a towable makes more sense, while long drives and lots of changes mean a motor home might be the better choice.
If you intend to only drive a few hundred miles or less during your move, and you plan on staying for a month or so at each spot, you may want something that feels more like a house. Towables can give you that feeling, as there is no steering wheel or cockpit to remind you that you are in a vehicle. Your needs and preferences will determine what the best option is for you.
If you can do your own handyman work, you can choose a used RV and do any maintenance needed yourself! You might even find some great deals out of state, so don't discount the value of a trip elsewhere to find a good RV. However, if you aren't sure how to fix up a used RV, you can certainly buy new. New RVs will come with warranties and protection that will keep you feeling pleased with your decision for years to come. We recommend researching your manufacturer's reputation before buying just to see if people are satisfied with the service they have received since purchasing their RVs.
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It has been an awesome experience thanks to you, Michael, Preston and Alyssa. After finishing a conference call about 10:00 AM this morning, I hooked up the RV and pulled it o Read Moren a 60 mile round trip just to check it out. WOW! Huge improvement in ride and the brakes are phenomenal! We have our first trip with the new setup next week. Looking forward to that more than ever!
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This is when I went to Utube and discovered Performance Braking. I was shocked and very pleased when I found out that your installers come to us. The other company required two days with the RV after I delivered it. I was even more shocked to find a company that responds to questions after hours like Michael did, even when it was my mistake that led to that need.
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