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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.

Cruise America/Rental Car Clearance Ctr., Inc.
(800) 327-7799
3210 10th St
Arlington, VA
 
Dyn
(703) 356-2513
1847 Ware rd
Falls Church, VA
 
Wareham Cycle Center
(508) 295-5392
3095 Cranberry Hwy
East Wareham, MA
Manufacturers
E-ton, Suzuki, Kawasaki

Free State Cycle Corporation
(301) 808-9500
8601 Central Ave
Capitol Heights, MD
Manufacturers
Kymco, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Honda, Yamaha

Coleman Powersports Falls Church
(703) 237-3400
435 S. Washington St
Falls Church, VA
Manufacturers
Can-Am, E-ton, Kymco, Polaris, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Honda, Yamaha

Cruise America/Thrifty Car Rental
(800) 327-7799
9813 Lanham Severn Rd
Lanham, MD
 
Silver Maple RV Center
(888) 259-4249
15204 B Marlboro Pike
Upper Marlboro, MD
 
Red Line Motorsports
(301) 270-9110
6600 New Hampshire Ave
Takoma Park, MD
Manufacturers
E-ton

Free State Cycle Corp Kawasaki
(301) 808-9500 Phone
8601 Central Ave
Capitol Heights, MD
 
Coleman Powersports Kawasaki
(703) 237-3400 Phone
435 S Washington St
Falls Church, VA
 

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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