How to Find the Perfect RV For You

By: South Thompson Motors & RV   |   29 Sep 2022

When it comes to finding the ideal residential vehicle for you, the options can be a little overwhelming. Do you need a travel trailer or motorhome? All-season or seasonal? What about going gas versus diesel? These are all pertinent questions to ask yourself before RV shopping. Having an RV that's best tailored to your lifestyle will significantly help narrow down your search. In fact, filters will be your best friend. Here at South Thompson RV, we’re happy to help you along the process with a few guidelines to help you pick the right filters that make the most sense to you and your lifestyle.

Weight Vs. Towing Capacity

Unless you’re interested in a motorhome, this may be the most important feature to look at when beginning your search for an RV. The last thing you need is to fall in love with a fifth-wheeler only to find out your SUV’s limitations in actually towing it. Find out what your current vehicle’s towing capabilities are, and be sure to only look at RVs that align with that. Another thing to note when it comes to weight is to ensure you account for the weight of all the cargo your trailer as well as your vehicle will be carrying – it will need to be able to handle all of that too!

Type of RV

From motorhomes to travel trailers, there are many different types of RVs, each with their own design and features. Depending on your lifestyle and the kind of adventure you plan to embark on, you’ll want to make sure you find an RV to match. Motorhomes can be driven,  while towables need to be towed by a separate vehicle. Depending on your comfort level, towing can be as expensive as buying a motorhome. It comes down to the towable you opt to buy, such as a fifth-wheel RV or a travel trailer. Pop-up campers, truck campers, and small travel trailers are often the best way to ease into the RVing lifestyle. For those looking for more room, investing in a mid to large travel trailer or fifth-wheel RV is the way to go.

Seasonal Vs. Four Season

Seasonal RVs, while fully engineered to handle the elements, are not typically designed to respond to a multitude of environmental conditions. Equipped with proper insulation, cooling, and heating, a four-season travel trailer is a camper you can live in summer, spring, winter, and fall! Taking your tried-and-true seasonal RV out for the summer months will not fair as easily if you decide to make a winter road trip. Whether you hate to limit the potential of a good getaway to the summer months or like to think of yourself as a digital nomad who lives in an RV all year round, four-season campers are a great option to consider.

RV Comforts and Amenities

Since your new RV will be your new home away from home, you’ll want to ensure it’s fully equipped with everything you need to make you feel comfortable. Whether you plan to live off the grid or prefer luxury living, consider the features and amenities that are important to you. Some things to consider include:

  • Toilet type (indoor vs. outdoor) and shower
  • Cooking space and food storage
  • Sleeping quarters, both size and arrangement (are you travelling solo, with your spouse, or with your family of 5?)
  • Electricity needs (heating, cooling and must-have electronics)

Find Your RV Match at South Thompson RV

If you need more help finding your perfect RV match, don’t hesitate to contact us at South Thompson RV. We have a range of motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheels, and more to choose from, so you’re likely to find an RV that’s right for you and your lifestyle.


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