6 Things to Consider When Buying a Camper
Find an RV that meets your current and future camping needs.
RVs are more popular than ever. Here’s what to keep in mind if you’re in the market for a new camper:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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®.