Last time we covered just some of the items to consider when making your “Shopping List” for the new or new to you RV. Let’s assume that you and your significant other, as well as the kids, have discussed all the items on the “Must Have,” “Would Like” and “Do Not Want” lists and reached general agreement.
You have been reviewing a number of web sites like RVT.com to see what is on the market and have identified some realistic possibilities to look at. Are you ready to go and buy? Again, I suggest you need to have a plan. There is even a third list. This is a list of things to confirm.As an example lets consider the main bed. If you decided a “Queen” is on your “Must Have” list, then I would suggest that you not simply rely on the brochure or advertisement listing, as there are various sizes of “Queen size” beds installed in RVs. You and your significant other need to both take off your shoes and climb onto the bed and lay down and spend at least a minute confirming that your toes don’t hang over the corner of the bed where the RV manufacturer modified a standard rectangle to have for example, a rounded corner.
Other items to try-out:
How easy is it to climb into the overhead bed or upper bunk? Some of us with a bit more “Life Experience” may have done that in the past but are we “up” to doing that now?
Is there room to store a spare tire? If you had having a tire in your list of “wants” you need to be sure there is a big enough storage location.
Speaking of storage, do you have other large or bulky items such as a BBQ grill, folding bike or tool box ?
If you are looking at a motorhome, have you confirmed that the driving seats are comfortable? Is there adequate room for your feet? I would never say my wife has big feet but when we were shopping for our Class-C motorhome we noted that one brand had significantly smaller space for the passenger to place their feet for the hours she would be spending in that seat.
If buying used, have you fully extended the awning? I don’t mean just crank it out then in but did you extend the arms to ensure they work properly and smoothly? Be sure to check for worn or frayed edges or threads.
Did you check the DOT serial date in all the tires? HERE is a link on what you need to know to learn the age of your tires. Even new RVs could be a few years old, having sat on a dealers lot while the economy recovered. Are there any signs of tire sidewall cracking? If so you might want to take the cost of replacement tires into consideration? Speaking of which, have you priced a set of tires as specified on the vehicle tire spec placard? Some RV tires are many times more expensive than basic car tires.
I have presented a number of items to consider here and some may think I am being a bit too negative, but I want people to be happy and satisfied with their purchase so they can enjoy years of use of their RV.