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Motorhome Dealers The Dalles OR

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.

Columbia Manufactured Homes
(541) 296-7070
1361 W. Second
The Dalles, OR
 
Fun Country Power Sports
(541) 298-1161
1318 West 2nd St
The Dalles, OR
Manufacturers
Suzuki, Honda

Camping World RV Sales of Portland
(877) 268-7319
24000 NE Sandy Blvd
Troutdale, OR
 
Affordable Truck & RV
(541) 535-3043
3800 S Pacific Hwy
Medford, OR
 
BC Body & Paint
(503) 238-7046
2712 E Burnside
Portland, OR
 
Fun Country Power Sports Inc
(541) 298-1161
1318 W 2nd St
The Dalles, OR
 
Mid Columbia Marine & Motor Sp
(541) 386-2477
3335 Cascade Ave
Hood River, OR
 
Guaranty Family RV Center
(800) 283-9163
PO Box 279
Junction City, OR
 
Adventure Trading RV
(503) 381-4772
10820 SE Division
Portland, OR
 
Sweet Home RV Center
(800) 728-7826
4691 Hwy. 20 East
Sweet Home, OR
 

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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