Over 11 million US households now own an RV, a number that’s been on the rise over the past several years. Buying an RV represents an amazing opportunity for adventure, but also a big investment. That’s why if you do want to purchase a new RV (or a used RV) you’ll want to do your due diligence.

When buying any vehicle there are certain questions you’ll want to ask, and when it comes to a recreational vehicle it’s no different. So, what are some of the things you’ll want to know? Read on for a list of questions to ask your RV dealer and why they’re so important.

Questions to Ask Yourself

Before you physically go and check out potential RVs, there are some preliminary questions you might want to ask yourself. There are many types of RVs and it’s good to narrow down which type might be best for your needs. The following questions will help you do this:

How am I intending to Use My RV?

This is perhaps the most important question you’ll need to ask yourself. If you’re intending on taking your RV on one or two trips a year with the whole extended family in tow, then a larger RV might be best. But if you want to take it on month-long excursions where you’ll be stopping in many different campground parking lots, you might opt for something more nimble and drivable.

What’s My Budget?

This is another pretty important point to clarify. Your budget is going to determine the course of your RV search maybe more than anything else. Don’t forget to include things like tax and insurance in your budget as well.

Questions to Ask the Seller

Once you’ve decided on the criteria you want your RV to fill, you can begin scouring the market and setting up showings. It’s important to always try to view any recreational vehicle you’re considering in person.

When you do see it, there are some important things you’ll want to ask your seller. The more you find out about the vehicle, the better. You’ll be in a stronger position to negotiate on price when you have as much information as you can gather:

  • How many previous owners has it had?
  • Has it been through any accidents or major repairs?
  • What Class of RV is it?
  • What does the warranty include?
  • How’s the fuel economy?
  • How does it handle?
  • Does it come with a travel trailer?

Your Ultimate Guide to Buying an RV

Buying an RV is a big deal, so you shouldn’t hesitate to ask as many questions to the seller as you want until you’re completely satisfied that this is the one for you. We hope the above examples will help you make a more informed and well-suited decision.

If you’re looking for more vehicle buying guides you’ve come to the right place. Check out our other articles on the topic at your leisure.