Mobile Home - To Buy Or to Rent RV Motor Home
If you have never vacationed this way before it would be wise to rent a mobile home for your first few trips.
Consider taking a long weekend trip for your first run to see if you enjoy traveling this way. Take a few more short trips renting different kinds of motorhomes each time. This will help you figure out which motor home is your favorite.
There are two types of recreational vehicles, towables and motorized. Towables include pop-up tent campers, travel trailers and the more luxurious 5th wheelers. Camper vans, motor homes and the luxurious motor coaches are all motorized.
Pop-ups are the least expensive RVís while motor coaches are generally the most expensive.
When looking at towables you have to ask yourself if your vehicle is capable of towing the RV you have in mind. You canít tow a 5th wheeler with the family car but most cars can haul a pop-up. However the pop ups have few amenities, not even a toilet. You have to use a portable.
Obviously motorized recreational vehicles (like vans or motor coaches) are drivable. The easiest to handle is the camper van. A disadvantage of the luxurious motor coach is that you may have trouble finding a place to park when you visit stores or restaurants near your campground.
Many owners of big rigs choose to tow the family car behind their coach.
You also should decide how often you will be using an RV. If you only plan on hitting the road once or twice a year, then renting is the way to go. When you own an RV, you have to store and maintain it, make payments and insure it, even when not in use. So owning an RV is not practical for you.
However if you are free to travel whenever an wherever you want, and will be making several trips or a couple of prolonged cross country trips, you should consider purchasing an RV.
Whether you decide to rent or buy an RV you need to join the Good Sam Club. Membership entitles you to discount RV insurance (if you own your rig), discounts on parts, an excellent roadside assistance program and a discount on campground rental fees. Plus you have access to message boards where you can get information, tips and friendship from other RV-ers.
One benefit of vacationing in a motor home is that you donít have to pay huge hotel bills or eat all of your meals in restaurants. Also you follow your own schedule, no rushing around to catch a plane. You donít have to pack and unpack constantly.
Since most RV parks are both kid and pet friendly, many have playgrounds and dog runs.
A benefit of owning your RV is that you donít have to get the rig back to the dealer by a certain time. Decorate your RV just like you would at home.
As you can see, the decision to rent or buy an RV depends on your lifestyle, budget and travel habits.
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