How to afford the RV lifestyle

When it comes to freedom and flexibility motorhomes offer the ultimate experience. Ranging from the larger Class A motorhome to the compact Class B camper vans, motorhomes take transportation and living quarters and roll them into one comfortable experience. With something for everyone, motorhomes range from compact and space saving models to luxury buses that can all pull a family car, so you can zip around town for day trips. We have RVs that will fit anyone’s needs and more importantly budget.

Identify your needs and purchase an RV that meets them.

When you are looking at purchasing your next RV figure out what your needs are – do you want something that is more compact for shorter trips? Or are you looking for an RV that you can bring the whole family and more on trips? Maybe you are looking for an RV that has all the amenities of home? First, make a list of what you are looking for, so a Lichtsinn RV Sales Consultant can show you RVs that will work for you.

Create a travel budget and stick to it.

Having a budget for the RV lifestyle doesn’t end once the papers are signed. Similar to your home, you will want to identify what you will spend each month – if you’re a full-timer or part-timer – or on each trip if you’re more of a weekend warrior RVer. Some fixed expenses you will want to keep in mind are –

  • RV Payment
  • RV Insurance
  • RV Maintenance and Repair
  • Campground Fees
  • Gasoline or Diesel Fuel
  • Propane
  • Food and Household Items
  • Entertainment
  • Laundry
  • Internet

Look for activities that are free or inexpensive.

There will be tons of free activities you can do while RVing. Depending on the campground you are staying at, there will be a variety of activities and outdoor recreation you can enjoy. However, if you encounter a rainy day or your looking for something new check with the local visitor’s center to see a calendar of events for inspiration you can also use app-based coupon sites like Groupon or Living Social for discounted admittance to restaurants, events and more.

You’re Bringing the Kitchen Sink… Use it.

It may be tempting to want to eat out when you are camping, but that is the easiest way to save money. Your RV will have a nice galley with a refrigerator, a microwave or convection oven, and a stove top and you can always make a delicious meal over a fire. Before you go RVing, check out Pinterest for ideas for meals while camping.

Find Campgrounds with the Amenities that you will actually use.

Choose campgrounds and RV parks that only have amenities you plan to take advantage of during your stay. Generally, the more services and amenities a campground has, the more it’s going to cost. Campsite fees don’t have to break the bank. State parks are a great low-cost option, as are many RV parks. Look here to find a campground or consider travel apps to help you find the campground that best suits your need.

Lichtsinn RV, America’s closest dealer to Winnebago Industries, has been named Top North American Winnebago Dealer by Winnebago Industries for the last four consecutive years. We proudly sell New RVs manufactured by Winnebago Industries as well as Used RVs.

Affording an RV – Buying and Renting

Affording Your RV Begining the RV lifestyle may seem like a daunting task, but our blog series Affording an RV will clear up misconceptions and reveal that RVing is an affordable, enjoyable way of traveling with family and friends.

Buying an RV

From family bonding to affordable getaways to spontaneous road trips – the reasons to buy an RV are endless. Here are some of the top reasons why there’s never been a better time to buy:

  • Many RV models allow a family of four to save up to 59% on vacation costs over other forms of travel. That’s a calculation that takes into account RV ownership costs, including payments, insurance, maintenance, tires, tax breaks, registration and depreciation.
  • In today’s economy, there are great deals available on new RV models. Consider pre-owned units for more savings.
  • Financing is readily available for qualified borrowers.
  • You may qualify for a tax deduction because the interest on your RV loan is generally deductible as second-home mortgage interest. Check with your financial advisor to see if you qualify for the deduction.

Pre-Owned RVs

Buying a pre-owned RV is a great way to make your vacation dream a reality for less. Whether you’re looking for a towable or motorized RV, check with Lichtsinn RV because we often receive RVs as trade-ins on new vehicles.

Just like buying a pre-owned car or truck, RV dealers provide a thorough predelivery inspection of the used RV. You can visit Lichtsinn RV to compare units and features and to find out about extended service agreements.

Renting an RV

There’s no better way to try before you buy than by renting an RV. Many people rent RVs simply for a change of pace by taking an RV trip to a special event or destination.

You can rent near home and journey to your final destination, or fly and pick up your RV at the other end. More than 460 national chain outlets and local RV dealerships rent RVs, including state-of-the-art, late-model-year units. A growing number of campgrounds offer on-site RV rentals as well.

Even if you’re driving or towing an RV for the first time, features like automatic transmissions, power steering, large external mirrors and rearview cameras make it easy for experienced drivers to adjust to the difference in size, height and weight.

Article originally seen on GoRVing.com.