RV Buying FAQs

By: South Thompson RV   |   29 Aug 2018
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When it comes time to buy an RV, everyone has different questions. Some people are most concerned about having enough bunks to fit the whole family, while others want to know the ins and outs of the hookups and trailer hitch. Today, we answer some of the most common questions that we received from RV shoppers.

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What Kind of RV is Best for Me?

The best RV for you and your family is one that you’ll enjoy travelling with.

We find that the thing that makes the biggest difference in what RV options people have is the type of vehicle they will be using to tow the trailer. For example, fifth-wheel trailers can only be towed by pickup trucks because the hitch that connects the trailer to the vehicle rests in the bed of the truck. Smaller trucks can often tow smaller trailers, while big full-home fifth-wheel trailers like the Cedar Creek SB require larger trucks with a higher towing capacity. You’ll find the manufacturer’s estimated towing capacity for your truck in the instruction manual or online.

Other trailers that don’t require a hitch give you a little bit more freedom of choice. Trucks, SUVs, and even some cars are able to tow pull-behind trailers. All you need is a standard trailer hitch on the back, sometimes a braking unit, and you’re good to go!

Beyond just knowing what type of RV to start shopping for, we suggest having an idea of price, bunks, and features that mean a lot to you. This will help you narrow down the selection. Check out our online inventory to get started.

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Should I Finance my RV?

We see shoppers that want to buy their recreational vehicle with cash, and others that want to take the money that much further and finance it. The biggest difference we find is that people financing their RV are often able to spend a little extra to get the features that they find the most attractive, while only impacting their bottom line by a few dollars each month. That extra bunk might come in handy!

Our finance experts specialize in finding you the best deal and rate for your situation, so don’t hesitate to reach out. RV financing works very similarly to car financing, where you have a principal amount owing on the vehicle (the purchase price minus deposit), then interest that is compounded based on your interest rate. Financing allows you to spread the purchase price of your vehicle out over a longer period of time, minimizing the amount that you have to spend upfront and allowing you more spending money today.

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What Do I Need to Know When Buying Used?

We get so many questions about buying used RVs that we wrote a full article on it! The most important things to consider are:

  • Your budget
  • The estimated time you plan on using the RV
  • The RV’s current age
  • The history of the RV
  • Mechanical and technical condition of the vehicle, both inside and out

It’s important to know as much as you can about the vehicle to ensure that you’re getting the best deal.

Ready to start shopping? Our staff are always ready to help get you on the road and on your next RV adventure. Shop our new and used RV inventory in Kamloops today, and see why South Thompson RV customers are customers for life.


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