How to Buy an RV: 7 Steps to Find the Perfect Motorhome


As we approach summertime, many families and couples are hoping to take some time off for an unforgettable summer road this year. If you are planning on purchasing an RV for this upcoming adventure and it is your first ever RV, there are several considerations and questions you should carefully think about prior to making your purchase.

It can be confusing to know exactly where to start when you look into buying your first RV. For this reason, we have made a list of 7 steps to help you figure out how to buy the perfect motorhome for your upcoming adventures.

How to buy an RV

This article details 7 things to do or consider when purchasing your first ever RV.


1. The First Step to Finding the Perfect RV is to Set a Budget

First things first, as you are preparing to buy your first motorhome you need to set your budget. How much you are willing to spend on your RV will be a huge factor in determining what options are available to you and whether you should buy new or used.

This is the first step that should be taken as you prepare to purchase your first RV. Take some time to consider what you are looking for in an RV and how much that will cost, write out what you can afford to spend on an RV. Having a budget will give you an idea of what is available to you, giving you accurate expectations.


2. Determine How You Will Be Using Your Motorhome

Are you going to be driving through mountainous or desert terrain? What type of camping do you plan on doing in your RV? Does your situation require a greater level of comfort? In other words, are you traveling with small children or pets? What kind of travel do you expect to do in your RV?

Asking these sorts of questions and determining exactly how you will be using your motorhome will aid you greatly in narrowing down your options and deciding what sort of RV is best suited to your travel and family situation.


3. Make A List Of Amenities You Need In An RV

Once you have determined how you will be using your RV, make a list of necessary amenities that you will require based off of your use. If you prioritize having a more functional kitchen, you may need a bigger space given to that area of your RV. If you require a lot of storage space or multi-purpose furniture, add it to your list of amenities.

Divide your amenities list into two sections, one with amenities that are must-haves in your RV and one section for amenities that you would like but that aren’t absolutely necessary.

Having this list will help you as you look over potential RVs and will narrow down your options even further making it more likely for you to pick an RV that is better suited to your situation.


4. Look At Both Used & New Motorhomes

Some soon-to-be RV owners shrink from the idea of purchasing a used motorhome. After all, it can be difficult to judge the true condition of a used RV just by sight. The negative emotions associated with purchasing a used RV are often unfounded. Due to the fact that used RVs are often equally reliable and have a provable history of being wonderful road trip vehicles.

Don’t limit yourself to only new motorhomes or only used ones, be open to whichever RV will make the best motorhome for you and your situation. Being open to the possibility of purchasing a used or new RV will give you more options and will help you avoid costly biases when purchasing.


5. Research

There are few tools more powerful than the internet when it comes to selecting an RV to purchase. Use your research skills to assess the pros and cons of specific RVs as well as to research the trustworthiness of motorhome dealers in your area. Take time to research the different RV models and their amenities to better understand what motorhome model will be the best option for you and your family.


6. Look On Various Platforms For RVs

As you look into buying your first RV, keep in mind the various platforms where you may be able to find one for sale. Look at different dealerships as well as online. If you take the time to shop around on various platforms you will likely end up with the best deal.

This will also give you a greater range of selection to choose from.


7. What Are The Different Types Of RVs?

Understanding the different types of RVs will also help you get a better idea of what to look for when purchasing a motorhome. Here is a brief overview of some of the different types of RVs:

Class A

Class A motorhomes are generally the largest and are the classic image of RVs. They offer spacious interiors, sometimes spanning up to 40 feet in length and offer the most luxurious interiors out of all their counterparts.

Class B

Class B motorhomes are smaller than Class A ones and are generally built off the body of a truck or van. Though not as large or luxurious as Class A RVs, Class B motorhomes contain everything

needed for comfort and are generally much more affordable than Class A motorhomes.

Class C

Class C RVs are in between the Class A and B motorhomes. They are more spacious than class B and can sleep more people due to the extra bed over the cab of the RV. But, they are also a bit smaller and more maneuverable than class A RVs.


  • Fifth-wheel trailers – are designed to be towed behind another vehicle, typically a flatbed or pick up truck. They generally offer spacious interiors, are extremely easy for maneuverability and make the perfect first RV for people who already own a truck.
  • Pop-up trailers – Extremely compact in size (although in actuality pop-up trailers can sometimes sleep up to six people), these trailers are affordable and ideal for families who want a hands-on camping experience out of their summer road trip.
  • Travel trailer -Unlike fifth-wheel RVs which are designed to be towed strictly behind a truck, travel trailers offer the convenience of being towable behind any vehicle with enough power. Travel trailers though designed to be lightweight and convenient can still sleep up to six people.


Find A Responsible Motorhome Dealer

Here at Kirkland RV, we make it our mission to only sell reliable, clean RVs that are in excellent condition. We take pride in having a knowledgeable team who are ready and willing to help our clients find the perfect first RV.

If you have any questions about our selection of RVs or would like to speak with one of our team members, contact Kirkland RV today.