New or used? That’s the first question you have to answer when you decide to embrace the RV lifestyle.
When buying a car, the decision between new and used generally amounts to a trade-off between initial cost and maintenance expense. A new car costs more to purchase but maintenance costs are typically low to non-existent over the first three years of ownership. Many RV buyers tend to apply the same rule to purchasing a motorhome or travel trailer; but the fact that an RV is both vehicle and living space changes the equation, particularly if you are considering purchasing a motorized RV over a towable.
Motorized RVs combine both living space and vehicle in a single unit. In towables, the two are separate. In either case, the condition of the living area takes precedence over motor condition because major repairs to an RV roof, shell or chassis can be far more expensive than an engine tune-up.
New RVs loaded with luxury amenities can cost as much as a home, but used RVs are extremely affordable and are readily available online. Many RV owners prefer buying used to stretch their buying dollars. A late model used RV frequently offers most of the luxury amenities and technological upgrades of a new model but at a greatly reduced price. Buying used is a smart way to load up on luxury RV features while keeping your initial investment low.
High resale values add to the cost-effectiveness of buying a used RV online. Buyers can expect to get years of enjoyment from a well-maintained used RV and still recoup a reasonable portion of their investment when they sell their rig.