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It's easy to choose a pair of shoes, right? You like the style, you like the color and they fit correctly; it's a no-brainer! But choosing an RV can be one of the most daunting and difficult tasks, especially for novice or uninitiated camping enthusiasts. We list here a few things you want to consider before making that jump into the RV lifestyle. Choosing an RV can be one of the most daunting and difficult tasks. Here are tips to consider before visiting an RV sales or RV rental dealer.

American RV & Camping Center
(888) 807-3031
6368 Hwy 24
Hannibal, MO
 
Town & Country Manufactured Homes, Inc.
(888) 917-3222
8750 Highway 24
West Quincy, MO
 
Grandview Kawasaki
(573) 221-6344 Phone
10828 Highway 61
Hannibal, MO
 
Scooters & Toys
(573) 795-8815
2307 Broadway
Hannibal, MO
Manufacturers
Vento

Butch's Sports World
(573) 769-3536
707 Marion City Rd
Palmyra, MO
Manufacturers
Arctic Cat, Suzuki

Beilstein's RV & Auto
(800) 748-7173
7165 East Hwy 36
Palmyra, MO
 
Adventure Out RV Center
(573) 384-5101
19402 Highway J
Monroe City, MO
 
Grand View Nurseries Inc
(573) 221-6344
10828 Highway 61
Hannibal, MO
 
Butch's Sports World
(573) 769-3536
707 Marion City Rd
Palmyra, MO
 
Hadens Motorsports Center Inc
(573) 784-2559
6187 Hwy 61
Frankford, MO
Manufacturers
Polaris, Honda, Yamaha

Tips for Choosing a Recreation Vehicle

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Tips for Choosing a Recreation Vehicle


By Gary Bunzer

It's easy to choose a pair of shoes, right? You like the style, you like the color and they fit correctly; it's a no-brainer! But choosing an RV can be one of the most daunting and difficult tasks, especially for novice or uninitiated camping enthusiasts. We list here a few things you want to consider before making that jump into the RV lifestyle. They just may spare you a few headaches in the future. The learning curve can be shortened drastically by taking these into consideration before visiting an RV sales or RV rental dealer.

∗ Type – RVs come in two basic types, motorized and towable. Motorized RVs include all the motorhomes (Class A, Class B and Class C), while towables are the travel trailers, fifth-wheel trailers, pop-up camping trailers, hybrids and slide-in pickup campers. You'll have to decide which type you prefer. There are benefits to each RV.

∗ Budget – RVs cost real money, so be sure to stay within your budget. Used RVs can be purchased at a steep discount.

∗ Accoutrements – Evaluate your family's needs and wants. How many people will be using the RV? If you're a couple with three or four kids, perhaps that 8-foot pickup camper is not such a good idea.

∗ How much living space will you need?

∗ How many beds?

∗ What can you absolutely not live without in the galley(kitchen)?

∗ How much storage area do you need to support your camping hobbies?

∗ How sophisticated does the entertainment center need to be?

∗ Do you even need an entertainment center?

You get the idea! Be sure to cover all the bases.

∗ Slideouts – Most recreation vehicles now come equipped with multiple slideouts. Slideouts are rooms that extend out from the RV when set up at a campground. For travel, they retract into the main body of the RV. Slideouts can add substantial usable square footage inside any RV. They are an added bonus and pretty much standard today. RVs without slideouts may lower the resale or trade-in value when you decide to upgrade to a larger or better-equipped rig.

∗ Size/Weight Restrictions – RVs come in many shapes and sizes. The larger units may be difficult to maneuver in some older campgrounds or off-road camping sites. If you are interested in a travel trailer or a fifth-wheel trailer, you'll need a tow vehicle. Tow vehicles are rated by how much weight they can actually tow. If you already own a pickup or SUV, you may already have a suitable tow vehicle. Be aware of your overall height, width, length and weight when traveling in any RV.

∗ Brand – Not all RVs are created equal. Varying retail price points exist for virtually every RV enthusiast. Build quality, accessory excellence and overall curb appeal will go up as the price point increases. Be sure to also look at the warranties for each unit you consider.

∗ Construction Techniques ...

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