Your First Class A RV Is a BIG Commitment. Here’s What to Keep in Mind.
Buying a new Class A motorhome is a big deal. These motorhomes are the largest available in the market, featuring large truck-style chassis and sprawling, amenity-packed floor plans. Searching for the perfect Class A can be daunting, as so many different options are available. It’s a good idea to do your research with Class A models for every imaginable RVer lifestyle!
Before you get started, though, you should brush up on some common pitfalls. Here are the most common mistakes made by first-time Class A buyers.
Buying an RV That Doesn’t Meet Your Needs
This sounds like an obvious one, but it’s a common pitfall for first-time RV buyers for a reason. It can be easy to get lost in a vehicle’s list of features without actually thinking about how well they meet your needs—especially if you’ve been eyeing something high-end, like a Class A RV.
Make a list of what you actually want to get out of your new Class A motorhome before you start shopping for one!
How many people are you planning to travel with? What sort of destinations do you intend to stay at? Do you plan to spend more time indoors or outdoors when you’re parked? These questions can significantly affect which Class A is best for you.
As always, if you have any questions, your best bet is to go to the source: just ask your dealership directly what their recommendation is.
Skipping the Inspection
It doesn’t matter if you’re shopping new or pre-owned. It is exceedingly important to give a vehicle a thorough inspection before driving it off of the lot.
First and foremost, it familiarizes you with the vehicle. To put it mildly, Class A motorhomes have a lot of different features, so getting acquainted with the ins and outs of your new vehicle in a safe environment is always a good idea. Not only does NIRVC conduct a thorough walkthrough – noting and reviewing all aspects of the RV with you – but you’re also encouraged to camp in the unit at the dealership to ensure nothing was missed and you’re ultimately satisfied with the RV you’ve chosen.
Finally, there’s always the offset chance some particulars in your vehicle will impact its insurance coverage. This could be anything from fixture installations by previous owners to tires that differ from stock models.
Speaking of insurance…
Not Double-Checking Your Insurance
Here’s an understatement: Class A RV insurance is complicated. If you’ve researched owning one of these motorhomes, you likely know that already, so consider this your reminder: Talk with your insurance provider!
Going TOO BIG
Anybody who says they don’t care about size in a Class A motorhome is probably lying. There’s a reason why these vehicles are so high-end, after all! However, it is possible to go too big when shopping for yours. Be sure to consider exactly what you’ll be using your RV for. Will you be doing a lot of mountain driving? Boondocking? Visiting national parks? Remember, national parks have a limit of 35-feet on recreational vehicles. Be sure to align your vehicle with your goals.