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Meet Your Match: Buying and Taking Ownership of a New RV

Originally Published in Trailer Life Magazine

RV ownership can be an overwhelming experience, especially for first-time buyers. These tried-and-true tips can help you avoid the difficulties new owners commonly experience.

Part 1: Refining the RV-Shopping Experience

The number of models and floorplans at RV dealerships and shows can be mind-boggling, even for seasoned RVers. Establishing clear goals before setting foot on the lot can help shoppers stay focused on the things that matter. Here are six of the most important questions you should ask, and answer, before deciding on the best RV for your travels.

Stephanie Puglisi getting out of the SUV towing a Winnebago trailerPart 2: RV Delivery Do’s and Don’ts 

So you’ve picked out a dream rig and are ready to sign on the dotted line. Now what? Negotiating an RV purchase will be familiar to anyone who has ever bought a car, but after that, things get more complicated. Remember, you are buying a house on wheels, so the process might take a little longer than you initially expected. Here are a dozen do’s and don’ts for taking delivery of your new RV.

Family seated at dinette inside RV trailerPart 3: RV Shakedown Trip 

Now it’s time to hit the road in your dream RV and have some amazing adventures, right? Not so fast. As tempting as it is to head out to that initial destination on your RV bucket list, you should first schedule what’s known as a shakedown trip. A close-to-home trial run is the perfect opportunity to learn how to use all the RV systems. Here are 10 tips for making the most of your inaugural outing in a new RV.

Aerial view of RVs parked in campsites at an RV park

In addition to contributing to Trailer Life, Jeremy and Stephanie Puglisi are writers for RVFTA.com and hosts of the RV Family Travel Atlas podcast. They are also the authors of Idiot’s Guides: RV Vacations. The couple spends as much time as possible exploring the country in a toy-hauler travel trailer with their three very energetic sons and Maggie the Camping Dog.

Online RV Buyers’ Guide

For information on new and used towable RVs, including specs, floorplans and photos, visit Trailer Life’s online RV Buyers’ Guide at rvbg.trailerlife.com. The online search tool has model-year-specific details on RVs going back to 2003. Searches can be done by length, price and manufacturer, as well as model year.

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