If buying your first RV was a big decision, figuring out when it’s time to buy a new RV may be even tougher.
There are many factors to consider when deciding if now is the time to get a new RV, from mechanical reliability to operating costs to safety and size.
1. Travel Needs
Consider if your RV needs have changed since you first purchased your RV. An RV that was cozy for a couple, may no longer be the right choice for comfortable camping with a growing family. If camping is such a tight squeeze that tempers flare and packing everyone in is more hassle than fun, it may be time to consider a new, roomier RV – perhaps a bunkhouse travel trailer or spacious and flexible toy hauler.
If you still feel the call of the road, but are no longer comfortable towing or physically able to handle a behemoth fifth wheel or bulky Class A anymore, it may be time to downsize. Get a smaller, lighter, easier to set up RV, such as an ultra-lite towable or spunky Class B. Innovations in RV design mean even the smallest travel trailer can be loaded with comfort and safety features.
If it costs more to repair your RV than the RV is currently worth, it’s probably time to consider a new RV. If repair costs are a continuing concern, calculate the costs for keeping your current RV on the road against the financing costs of a new – or newer – unit. A new unit with a generous extended warranty may make more financial sense than pumping money into an aging RV.
3. Fuel Costs
When your gas mileage is decreasing and your fuel costs are increasing, it may be time to look for a new, more fuel-efficient RV. Newer RVs, constructed of lighter weight materials with more energy efficient engines, can get you to your destination while lowering your fuel costs.
Older RVs may be lacking some of the safety features of newer RVs and wear and exposure may have compromised the integrity of your aging RV. Keep your loved ones safe on the road in an RV built on a durable, rust-resistant chassis and frame. Seat belts in all passenger areas of motorized RVs, air bags, monitoring and alarm systems are all standard on many newer RVs.
5. Camping anywhere
If your RV is “vintage” and the systems haven’t been upgraded, there may be limitations on where you can camp. Electrical systems at some newer campgrounds may be incompatible – and unsafe – for older travel trailers, limiting where you can stay.
Add up the costs of keeping your old RV, tally your comfort and satisfaction, check your safety and systems as you decide if it’s time to get a new RV. If everything adds up to a new RV, visit the travel trailer and fifth wheel experts at Crossroads Trailer Sales in Newfield, N.J. Crossroads Trailer Sales is the Number 1 selling 5th wheel dealer in New Jersey!