There are a variety of types of RVs for each outdoor enthusiast. You can get a large coach (almost like a rolling apartment). Or choose a Class A rig. Or a smaller camper van. Another choice is a travel trailer that’s capable of being towed by a truck of SUV. Here is a good guide to familiarize yourself with the variety of different classes of RVs.
Here are the top 7 reasons to buy an RV:
1. Less Hassle
A long distance road trip in a car can be mind-numbing, with your vehicle packed with luggage and your family in tow. Flying is not suitable for carrying a lot of bulky goods and can be real expensive.
But with a new RV, you’ll get to see all the sites in comfort. Never worry about check-in or check out times. You’re in control—choose to eat whenever you want and sleep wherever you want. You can over pack to your heart’s content—with all the bicycles, Frisbees and tennis rackets to enjoy your favorite activities.
2. Save Money
Many RV owners sell their homes and use their RV as home base. Imagine the savings of ditching mortgage or rent payments.
Overnight campsite and RV park fees with hookups typically range only $30 to $50 per night. Better yet—many Walmart locations across the country allow motorhome campers to stop overnight (free!) in their parking lots.
Hotels and homeshares are convenient. But home-away-from-home costs can add up quickly. According to Money Magazine, owning a small RV lets you travel for only 60-70% of the traditional car-plus-hotel cost.
With an RV, there’s less need to spend money on hotels or restaurants. And since you’re saving money on accommodations, you can stay on vacation longer, spend more money on activities, and create possibilities where you had none before.
If you choose a travel trailer, there’s no need for a special vehicle to tow it. The bumper pull-hitch is designed to work with a broad range of vehicles. There’s no engine on the trailer, so no need for mechanical upkeep costs.
3. Rejuvenate with Family / Friends
Ten years ago, your typical RV owner was an older couple, retired after a long life of working hard, perhaps with a few grown children they visit in their rig a few times each year. But nowadays, RV life has a broader appeal—with more middle-aged couples home-schooling their kids and even 20-something solo adventurers.
Your RV allows you and your family to recharge yourselves while enjoying camping trips. Explore more outdoors activities like hiking, fishing, camping, golf, cycling, kayaking, canoeing and even rock climbing. After the sun goes down, you can forge some memories and reconnect family bonds: Carve out a comfy space inside to enjoy things like movie watching or snack time together.
Singles are taking their RV to visit friends and family without invading their entire house. With little more than a hose and an extension cord, you can bring your home with you and relieve some stress from your hosts.
4. The Tax Write-off
Your RV may qualify for some tax deductions. If equipped like a home with permanently-mounted sleeping, cooking and bathroom facilities, you may be able to claim it as a second home and get a tax write-off. Be sure to check with your tax accountant regarding your specific situation.
5. All the Comforts of Home
If you want to connect with nature without leaving the comforts of home behind, a travel trailer, fifth wheel or truck camper may be exactly what you need. With an RV, as opposed to tent camping, you can enjoy the outdoors on your own terms—soft seats and beds, electric lights, running water, even heating and air conditioning if you need it. You can stay warm and dry during bad weather.
In contrast, you can also choose to live a minimalistic living style in a cozy environment that takes life more simply and efficiently. You can stretch your comfort zone by better focusing on the things in life that you consider the most important, instead of being weighed down by possessions.
6. The WOW Factor
When you fly to your vacation spot, you don’t get to see all of the scenery between your starting point and your destination. RV camping allows you to see new things all the time. Pick some scenic back roads—and to be able to sit back and really take them in. Camp in remote or secluded places. You’re free to settle in for weeks or even months at a time.
Jumping into your RV means that you can get to a lot of remarkable landscapes that would be hard to reach on foot. Then, once you are there, you can enjoy the solitude in comfort.
7. Freedom, Adventure and FUN
RVers typically have a love of travel and exploration—being independent, self-reliant, and sometimes even a little unconventional. You can go wherever you want whenever you want. Owning an RV is a great way to escape daily life, travel at your own pace and experience adventures.
Don’t lose sight that owning an RV is fun, and therefore purchasing an RV should be fun too!
Resources: FYD Creative, LLC. ROUTE 66 RV Network, naturesnurtureblog.com, The Great Outdoors RV, Roundabout Publication, TripSavvy, Campingworld.com