Get ready for the outdoors: RV edition

As summer kicks into high gear, it's the perfect time to start mapping out how you'll spend the upcoming months that will be filled with warm weather and plenty of fun.

For many individuals, camping is a staple throughout the summer. These trips don't have to be elaborate getaways that require a week's worth of vacation, but can instead last a weekend.

Even if you have no prior camping experience, there's no better time to start than now, provided you go with someone or a group with the necessary experience. Families and groups of friends will enjoy the time spent in the wilderness bonding and sharing exciting stories.

Whether you're an experienced camper or someone just getting into the idea of living out of a tent for a few days, here is one way you can get ready for camping, no matter how long the trips will last.

Get yourself an RV

Recreational vehicles are the perfect camping companion if you plan to go with a bigger group and drive to your destination. RVs are essentially homes on wheels, as you'll find mostly everything in your home in inside this vehicle. Kitchen space, cabinets, a bedroom, bathroom and even a TV all populate the inside of these large vehicles.

RVs are suitable if you'll be taking long road trips and spending time at various campsites along the way. They are also excellent substitutes for hotel visits. After all, by traveling in an RV, you won't have to worry about finding and paying for a hotel to stay in.

Camping with an RV can be an excellent choice because of the space you're afforded. Heading out into the woods with a sedan and multiple people might mean some items and equipment have to be left behind, but this isn't the case with an RV. You can realistically spend a month or so traveling across the country in your RV and comfortably live out of the vehicle.

RVs.

RVs are perfect for weekend camping trips.

Types of RVs

Buying an RV is similar to buying a car. Plenty of research will be needed because your options could be endless if you don't know what to look for.

To start off, you'll first have to decide on the type of RV you want to purchase. According to ReserveAmerica, three types of motorhomes exist: Class A, B and C.

Class A motorhomes are your typical RV that come fully furnished and are large enough for multiple people to spend time in. Additionally, these vehicles come with slide-outs, which are essentially extra rooms that extend to add even more space. Because of all these features, a Class A RV is the most expensive, and you can expect base models to come with a price tag around $60,000.

Class B motorhomes can be compared to owning and driving a large SUV. These vehicles come with a good portion of features their Class A counterparts do, just in a smaller package. If you feel uncomfortable about driving the larger Class A RV, then a Class B may be the right choice for you.

Then there are Class C motorhomes, which ReserveAmerica cited as the most popular during the summer. RV Trader said these vehicles are essentially mini motorhomes. It's also likely these will come with the smallest price tag.

How do I get an RV?

Before you head out to purchase an RV, you'll have to make sure it's a purchase worth justifying. You need to get enough usage out of the vehicle to provide a solid return on investment, because in many ways, buying an RV is like buying another car.

Likewise, a loan will help you cover the final price. Luckily, Landmark Bank can help you with RV financing. This is the perfect option if you've decided that an RV will help suit your camping needs. You'll need to fill out an online application and select which mode of transportation you'd like to finance. You can then check the status of your application.

"A loan will help you cover the final price."

If you're buying a used RV, remember to ask the seller important questions, some which are:

  • How old is vehicle?
  • What is the condition of the tires?
  • What is the number of previous owners?
  • Are there any glaring problems I need to know about?

Gather all the information you can about the used vehicle before agreeing to the purchase.

Next steps

After you've secured financing for your RV and have the keys to your new purchase, it's time to plan out your trip. Take some vacation days from work, buy the necessary camping supplies and hit the road.

Buying an RV requires plenty of research to know what you're buying and to ensure your camping trips are the best they can be.

For more information about smart ways to manage your finances, contact Landmark Bank.

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