After “looking” for a year and a half, this past spring we finally took the plunge… We bought our first RV. Boy have we learned a lot since! Since we regularly post stories about travel and adventure, we thought we’d begin a series on RV’s to help those who are considering joining “the club”.
Buying Your First RV
About “The Club”: First and foremost, there is a tremendous amount of camaraderie among RV and trailer campers. For example, when you pull into a national park or campground, you will regularly get approached to see if you’d like some help backing-in, leveling your rig, or just about anything. It’s a great feeling knowing there’s lots of folks that were once rookie RV owners, and they’re happy to help out and share the knowledge.
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The first thing to know about buying a NEW RV is that nobody pays list price. Yes some unfortunate souls do, but they are wasting 20-30% which is the normal discount offered by dealers with a little haggling. The RV market is extremely competitive, and it really does pay to shop around.
Do Your Homework Before You Buy
At one point last year we were looking at buying a trailer (instead of an RV). We’d settled on a price with a dealer in Oregon which we thought was fair and/or competitive. Being an astute consumer, I told this particular dealer that I would think about it, and may shop around a bit. Within a half hour of shopping online, I found the same trailer in Montana for $7,000 less. Given it only costs me $200 to fly to Montana, I could have saved some significant money by making that trip!
We happened to buy our RV from a private party. Luckily for us, the people we bought it from were awesome, and eager to help us understand all that there is to owning an RV. They weren’t in it to make a quick buck – they wanted to find the right owner(s) for their baby. Consequently we were able to learn a lot during the purchase process. Our sellers were extremely transparent and knowledgeable about what accessories were must-haves and what accessories were nice-to-have.
Here are 5 must have RV accessories for the first-time RV buyer:
5 Must-have RV Accessories
RV Sewer Hose Kit – We bought the Revolution RV Sewer Hose Kit from Camco. This is a 20 foot hose kit in 10 foot sections. This makes it very handy to use either the short or long version (depending on distance from the dump tank). It’s flexible, and we find it very easy to use.
Power cord – You’re going to need a power cord if your RV doesn’t come with one. 30 amp service is very common at campgrounds and you’ll want to get this cord (unless your RV is bigger and requires a 50 amp cord- Then get the 50 amp power cord version).
50 amp male to 30 amp female adaptor – Some RV spots will have either 30 amp or 50 amp service. For this reason you need a power transition accessory that will work for your RV. We’re assuming you have a 30 amp receptacle on your RV. If that’s the case, you’ll want this accessory.
RV Toilet Paper – RV Toilets aren’t quite like your toilet at home. RV toilets require special toilet paper that dissolves rapidly (so it can exit via the sewer hose kit noted above). This toilet paper will do the trick.
RV Toilet Deodorizer – You drop these little pouches into your tank and they will keep it from smelling up your RV, and ruining your trip. 🙂
So there’s a few tips for the first time RV buyer. This is the first of many posts we’ll pass along in case you’re considering buying your first RV.
If you have other tips for our community, please let us know in the comments below! 🙂
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