Why Renting an RV Before Buying is a Wise Decision

Five reasons why this could be your best option

Almost all of us at one point or another have experienced buyer’s remorse. We buy something impulsively or without putting a lot of thought into it, and then later discover we didn’t need it or it wasn’t what we expected. When there is not a lot of money involved, this usually isn’t a big deal. However, for a large purchase, this can hurt.

The good news is you can often test stuff out before you buy. Renting is a great option for an assortment of things, including cars, houses, and even boats. And you can add RVs to this list. If you’re thinking about buying an RV but don’t have a lot of (or any) experience with one, here’s why renting first is a wise decision:

You’ll see exactly what it’s like

Chances are you’ve romanticized at least a little bit of what RV life entails. You have probably thought about how great it will be to drive wherever you want and take your home with you. But have you given any consideration to the nitty-gritty details? Because you’ll be spending so much time in your RV, you have to account for things like cooking, sleeping, and showering. Renting lets you experience all of the important daily activities we usually take for granted in a house.

You’ll get behind the wheel

Sure, a test drive will let you see how RVs handle and allow you to choose one you feel comfortable with, but you’ll never know exactly what it’s like until you take one on the road. Highway driving is one thing, but what about city streets? Or going in reverse or parking in a narrow spot? These are all things you will have to encounter at some point, and a rented RV will let you determine if it’s manageable or perhaps too much machine for you.

You’ll figure out what you need or don’t need

There are many different types of RVs; some are of the bare-bones, no-frills variety, and others come with all the bells and whistles. And while the latter may seem great, it’s possible most of that stuff will go unused. Getting out on the road will let you see what you’ll actually need for your travels. For example, an outdoor TV may sound cool, but how often will you actually use it?

You’ll save money

If you have done any research into buying an RV, you know this will be a big expense. This is why you have to be smart about how you spend your money. A high-end model might feel like a movable mansion, but if you don’t need all of the space or features, this is a waste of money. On the other hand, if you pick a smaller RV, you might quickly discover that it just isn’t adequate for your family, which means paying for an upgrade. Renting a variety of models will help you determine just the right fit so you get the most for your money.

You’ll understand the costs involved

Speaking of money, many people new to the RV lifestyle are often surprised by the additional expenses involved. Although you may not have to worry too much about insurance or maintenance costs for a rental, you will have to pay for gas. You’ll also need to think about the fees for RV parks or campgrounds.

Buying an RV is a big decision, which is why you need to be sure you make it wisely. Renting gives you the best opportunity to do it. For more tips or advice on your RV purchase, just get in touch with RV Advisor at 833.229.0911.