Resources for Buying an RV

If your family is considering buying an RV, than this is a good point of reference. Many families looking to hit the road, have never owned an RV, and want to make the best decision about accommodating their family while traveling. Use these resources to make an informed decision and learn from families who have hit the road.

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These sites will help you learn all you can:

New or Used? You might want to read up about depreciation before you decide. If you decide to get a 5th wheel or travel trailer don't forget to check out tow ratings.

Check the value of used RVs

These groups rate RVs and produce helpful materials:

  • RV.org for RV ratings and RVIA provides links to RV manufacturers
  • The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association offers a free "Go RVing Video" that answers many questions beginning RVers ask. Information on local dealers and campgrounds is also included at GoRVing
  • The Better Business Bureau offers a video called "Buying a Recreational Vehicle" to help in choosing the right RV and the right dealer. Watch it online or order the DVD.
  • Woodwalls RV & Family Camping Publications

Used RVs

Search for Used RVs:

How do you know how good a price is on a RV especially when searching on eBay?

"Look at prices for similar rv's new or used at rv sale stores. Then go to eBay and start scanning the auctions every night. Do *not* bother looking at anything still up for auction. Click on "advanced search" and click "show completed listings only". Now you can see the actual *sold* price for the type of rv you want. The prices in green sold, and the prices in red ended without selling. You will see far more red than green, as the good buys on eBay are listed among a lot of overpriced dealer listings.

You'll just need to develop a sense for this. We've been watching auctions for about 8 months and have a good idea now of what a "great deal" would be on what we want."

~Jessica

Bus Conversions

Many traveling families have found that converting a used bus is their best option. Here are some helpful sites:

RV parts and accessories available at JC Whitney

RVs for Families

RV manufacturers who make RVs with floor plans suited to fulltiming families.

Trucks

Medium-duty trucks such as those made by Freightliner, Kenworth and International, are often recommended for pulling larger fifth wheel travel trailers. Here are a few companies who customize these trucks for RV towing:

Rent before you buy