6 Tips For RV Buying

Last Updated on January 21, 2022 by Christina

Buying an RV is no small task.  Essentially you are purchasing a home on wheels.  We’ve put together this list of tips to prepare potential RV buyers on what to expect, what they can do to make the process easier and more…

1. Determine Your Budget. Sit down, and go through your finances determine the amount you can afford to “put down” on an RV and also determine what you realistically can afford in terms of a monthly payment. There is nothing more frustrating for our customers than being shown an RV they simply can’t afford because they tell a sales person they don’t really have a budget.


2. Know Your Credit Score. You are entitled to a free copy of your credit report every year from each of the three nationwide consumer reporting agencies because of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. These three agencies are Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. RV buyers can go to annualcreditreport.com to get their free report. This site is maintained by all three of the agencies mentioned above. Your credit score has a significant impact on being able to finance an RV. Know where you stand, so that we can have a baseline idea of what you are likely to be able to borrow. Keep in mind, lenders treat RV’s as luxury items (similar to boats or ATV’s), so financing them is more difficult than say a car.


3. Have An Idea of The Type of RV You Want. Whether that be a fold down (also known as a pop-up), travel trailer, fifth wheel, toy hauler, Class B Motorhome, Class C Motorhome, Class A Motorhome, or a Diesel Pusher Motorhome. Even if you can narrow your desires down to a couple different types, this can help us, help you. We have all been there before, when a salesman shows us something we aren’t even considering, and we wonder “why are they wasting my time” Having an idea of what you want, and the price point you can afford, helps all of the parties involved, and avoids situations like this.


4.Research the Brands. You can do this by visiting manufacturer sites first to learn about quality standards, and brand values, and then by coming to GeneralRV.com to view things like options, floorplans, product offerings, and pricing. Have an idea of the brands that you like, but be open to similar offerings as well. Our in-store, and online agents all offer an abundance of brand knowledge during sales consultations.


5. Contact a General RV Representative. Call a member of our Internet team, or schedule an appointment to meet with an RV Sales Associate at a General RV Center location nearest you. Our internet team can be reached at 888-436-7578. Our sales professionals are the best trained in the industry, and have expert knowledge regarding brands, floorplans, options, and much much more. Most importantly, we promise to treat you like a family member here at General RV. You will always be greeted with a smile, and know that our sales team is in business to do business for you, and not business with you. You are in no way, shape, or form, a sales number at General RV. Instead, you are a personal relationship!


6. Understand Your Warranty. Many manufacturer warranties expire after one year of owning a new RV. Things like extended service plans, GAP coverage, and quality RV insurance are essential to avoiding high repair bills down the road. These items truly can keep money in your pocket


We hope this helps. If you have any questions for us feel free to leave them through the “Ask a Question” tab above.