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7 Major Mistakes People Make When Choosing An RV

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If the coronavirus has you going stir-crazy, there’s a good chance you’ve thought about renting or buying an RV and taking a road trip. After all, an RV allows you to travel without exposing yourself to germy airports and hotels.

You wouldn’t be the only person to come up with that idea. In May, peer-to-peer rental service RVshare saw a 650% spike in bookings since the beginning of April. But if you’re a first-time RV driver, there can be a steep learning curve to overcome. Before hitting the open road, make sure you don’t make one of these significant first-timer mistakes.

1. Believing bigger is better

Considering that you’ll be spending a reasonable amount of time in your RV, you want to be comfortable. Choosing something too small will make traveling feel claustrophobic. But that doesn’t mean you should buy the giant RV you can.

“The mistake I made was thinking I needed more space than we needed,” said Angela M. DiLoreto, who travels nearly full time in her travel trailer and blogs with her husband at Fitting in Adventure. “People compare the space to their houses; we spend a lot of time in the four walls of our home but little time inside the walls of an RV.” However, she said, the RV experience is about what happens outside those walls.

A smaller vehicle will be easier to drive and park and faster to set up and tear down. Plus, many national parks have length restrictions for camping, so keep this in mind when choosing the size of your RV.

2. Buying brand spanking new

If you’re buying your RV, it might be tempting to lean toward the security of purchasing brand new. After all, new cars are in great shape and ready to roll, so you might presume RVs are, too.

“This isn’t true in RVing, unfortunately,” said Georgianne Austin, communications director for Escapees RV Club. She said that formal advice shared in RVing circles is that it’s best to buy an RV that’s at least two years old. “The idea behind this is to let someone else deal with the fresh-off-the-lot issues, such as interior construction problems, chassis problems, etc., which surface during the first real ride with the RV.” This is often referred to as the “shakedown” trip.

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