If you’re making the move to full-time RV living, whether temporarily or for the foreseeable future, choosing the right RV will help make the experience a success. It’s not just about size, we’re sharing some key considerations when it comes to selecting your new home.
From basic to luxurious, there’s no end to possible RV amenities. We suggest you make a list of must-haves and nice-to-haves, and reference it while you’re researching. Is on-board laundry a must-have, or are you fine with a laundromat? Do you mind putting the bed away each day, or would you prefer a designated bedroom? Do you want a kitchen with an island, or can you make-do with less counter space? And the list goes on.
To make full-time RV living a success, you need to feel comfortable in your space. Walk through and spend time in different floor plans to get a feel for what will suit you best. Compare freestanding furniture to built-in booth dinettes, if you prefer the kitchen at the back or in the middle, and just the general feeling you get as you move through the space.
Tow vehicle vs. towing a vehicle
Choosing between a motorhome and a travel trailer or fifth wheel is also a big decision, and they both have their unique benefits. Motorhomes have a higher price point than trailers of comparable size, and can cost more to maintain, but they don’t require a powerful tow vehicle. Consider what you’ll feel most comfortable driving, and if you already have, or are willing to purchase, a suitable tow vehicle. If you’re not sure which way to go, go for a test drive and get first-hand experience.
Consider your budget
Full-time RVing can be done on any budget, depending on what you’re willing to compromise. Once you’ve decided on the amenities you can and can’t live without, as we discussed above, browse units in your price range to see which ones check the most off your list.
4 season capability
Climate plays a big factor when you’re deciding to live in your RV year-round. If you’re not heading to a warmer climate during the winter, you’ll want to be sure you’re choosing an RV with sufficient insulation and a heated and enclosed underbelly, so you’re not dealing with frozen water lines and freezing nights.
Consider the destination
Your destination will also play a key factor in choosing the right RV. If you’re looking to get off the grid and explore, a smaller Class B may suit your needs better than a large Class A, fitting easier into remote, less developed campsites. The same goes for luxurious extra amenities, if you plan to mostly camp off-the-grid rather than with full power and hookups, you might not get as much use out of all the extra bells-and-whistles.
Considering a move to full-time RVing? Find a great selection of RVs and all the advice you need at your local RV Care Dealership.