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6 Things to Consider When Buying a Camper

Find an RV that meets your current and future camping needs.

Couple in a camper

RVs are more popular than ever. Here’s what to keep in mind if you’re in the market for a new camper:

  1. Select a model that fits your camping style. A travel trailer may be a great option if you’re a weekend camper who likes staying close to home, while a pop-up model probably isn’t ideal if you’re looking for simple setup. If you don’t know which kind of RV you’d prefer, rent a couple of options before buying.
  2. Tour the RV as if you were purchasing a home. Select a model that accommodates your family, your favorite camping activities and your supplies. Options include exterior cargo storage, outdoor kitchens and entertainment centers, slide-outs for additional living space and more. Visit an RV show to walk through a variety of campers.
  3. Consider the size. Purchase an RV your vehicle can safely tow, and make sure you have the appropriate hitch; a fifth-wheel camper requires a special hitch installed in your truck bed. Size also is important to consider, depending on where you enjoy camping. Some campgrounds, including national parks, enforce size restrictions.
  4. Take it for a test-drive. Ask the seller to let you drive or tow the RV to see if you’re comfortable with the way it handles. Better yet, see whether you can spend a night in it. Before you do, look into special licenses you may need to drive large RVs.
  5. Be careful when buying used. Take extra precautions such as inspecting for water leaks and making sure the appliances work—those are some of the most expensive items to replace. It’s also a good idea to look into safety recalls issued for the model you’re considering.
  6. Make sure you’re covered. Ask the seller about warranties or extended service options. Also protect your new purchase with recreational vehicle insurance from MetLife Auto & Home®.

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