RV Buying Tips

Deciding to buy an RV is a big step into a great lifestyle and you should be prepared for your first purchase.
With so many styles for every budget we’ve collected a sample of helpful tips.

Tips for Attending an RV Show

Attending a local RV Show is the ultimate opportunity to shop for your new RV for everyone whether you are looking getting into the RV Lifestyle for the first time or you are a seasoned RV Pro looking to upgrade your unit. A typical large market RV Show will have several hundred units of every RV brand and type on display to the consumer from a large multiple of local retailers

Having so many RV retailers vying for your purchase, it is also your ideal chance to take advantage of discount pricing and manufacturer incentives that may be only available to consumers during the show.

The Toronto Spring Camping and RV Show will have Manufacturer Factory Representatives working alongside dealers to answer any questions on production and features of their brand that you may have during the event.

The Toronto Spring RV Show will also feature campgrounds, tourism associations, RV related product suppliers and much more on display for consumers to make your day more enjoyable.

Take your time and plan for a long exciting day!

Show Tip #1

Do research before you get there……

Visit the Toronto Spring RV Show website thoroughly before putting the event in your calendar in order to get an idea of what to expect when you get there. Look for RV expert seminars scheduled on the show’s agenda page of the website and which ones are of the best interest to you.

This is your ideal opportunity to learn more about the RV Lifestyle and to get all of your questions answered by those in the know! The vast size of the show can be overwhelming with so many units and attractions all under one roof so doing your research beforehand will greatly help to prepare you for the best show experience possible.

The GoRVing Canada website www.gorving.ca is also an excellent place to do additional research where you can follow up with online reviews and stories of current RV owners in order to get some additional insight.

Tip #2

What type and size of RV is best for me?

Recreational Vehicles range from folding trailers (pop up campers) that can start at $5,000 to Class A (Bus Style) Motorhomes that could cost you over $500,000! Critical questions that you need ask yourself before attending the RV Show are as follows:

  • What type of an RV is best for me? Do I want a Motorhome, a Park Model, a Travel Trailer or a Truck Camper? What size of an RV can my vehicle pull?
  • Where can I store my new RV? How often do I plan to use my RV?
  • How many people will be sleeping in the camper? How much storage will I need?
  • Washer/Dryer? Home Theatre? We have it all!Make a mental picture of what the perfect RV would look like, and then look for it at the show!

Tip #3

Make sure to set a budget before you go shopping

Remember bigger and more expensive doesn’t always mean more room. Some Class A RVs for example—the largest available—may only have sleeping quarters for two or four while smaller RVs may have the room to sleep 6-8 persons. If you will be traveling with children look for travel trailers which often offer bunk beds or drop down beds.

What is my budget? Most RVs can be amortized over an extended period making them much more affordable than you thought. The Toronto Spring Camping and RV Show will have Financing Representatives from major banks on site so that you can have your loan approved right at the show

Tip #4

Getting into the RV lifestyle can be the most exciting and rewarding gift that you can give to you and your family. Given that there are over 13,000 RV Campgrounds in North America you can take your RV anytime and anywhere you choose to go!

We bet you didn’t know you can also use your RV in many other ways! How about as an apartment for friends staying over, as a chalet at the bottom of the ski hill, for a tailgate party on your favourite sports team game day or that you can just to park it by your favourite stream or river with no one else around!

Attending the RV Show….

Make sure that you bring along your whole camping family with you to the show to share in your buying decision. After all, it’s your family who will be the ones enjoying the RV!

  • Plan on spending several hours at the RV Show and make sure that you wear comfortable shoes and attire.
  • Now that you have you done your homework, it is time to begin the actual shopping.

Above all, remember to enjoy your RV!  RVs are the perfect way for families to escape the stresses of everyday life. Packed with essentials—bathrooms, kitchens, and sleeping accommodations—RVs provide a convenient way to travel with all the comforts of home. Plus, RVs have all the “extras” like TVs, stereos, air conditioning and even computer stations and game systems.

To search for all RV dealers who will be at the show, click here. Any of our dealers exhibiting at the show can guide you through the process of purchasing your first RV with useful RV buying tips.

Credit: Canadian Recreational Vehicle Association

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