RV Shopping Sucks! Can someone else just tell me what we need???
You know how car shopping sucks? And you know how house shopping sucks? Well RV shopping is is like 20 times worse than both.
First of all, the prices are all over the map
What I’ve discovered is that there is a limited supply of the kind of RV that we are in the market for
Most of them are butt ugly! When I say ugly, I mean ugly! On the outside and inside!
For ease of maneuverability
no older than 2008, but preferable to be newer than 2013
Some RV parks have requirements that it not be older than 10 years
Couch / Sofa
Long enough to be a backup sleeping place for snoring
Memory foam mattress!!
Liftable and storage underneath
King size, if possible
Can we trash the mattress it comes with and put ours in there instead?
Hot Water heater
On demand is the best option for hot water for us because Toby takes long showers!
Most RV stops have this, but would be nice to have on board too
1.5 bath so we have extra toilet
Bathtub that I can relax in
Otherwise, we want one that can be hooked up to electricity (in addition to propane). The larger better? 6-10 most common, but 16 gallons might be good for family (home ones are usually 40-50 gallons and we would run out of hot water with them)
Lots of natural light
Blackout curtains so we can sleep
Place to do Homework/work, put printer
Place to cook, store food
Icemaker in freezer
Generator to run fridge while without power?
Place to put bike rack on back
Compact but comfy chairs
Things will go wrong with an RV and there will be expenses. The more you spend initially, the more frustrating the expensive repairs can be.
Led Lighting uses a lot less energy than incandescent, flourescent, and halogen bulbs, and therefore can run on battery if needed. If you have hookups, it is a lot cheaper to run. But the bases of these bulbs are different so the fixture needs to be correct for LEDs.
Check these (working condition, etc)
Does it crank relatively easy and run 2 a/c’s
Cant necessarily tell by the tread, must see the date code in tires
Ex DOT MC6Y 2CEW : 0313
This means the tires were made in the 3rd week of 2013.
Tires are only good for 5-7 years before they start to dry and crack and become dangerous, even if there is plenty of tread left.
works on propane and electric
Smell, walk away
Smell, walk away
Look for discoloration/stains on ceiling, around windows, on carpet, in corners, soft/spongy places on floor, around commode, and in kitchen
Look where water pipe comes into RV, inside kitchecn cabinets,
Owner should have the title, otherwise probably not worth the hassle to deal with lien.
If owner lies/lied about anything, he probably lied about more