Glad you asked! There are so many reasons that different people decide to use an RV, let’s take a look to see if any of these strike a chord with you:
- Bonding with the children or grandchildren. Getting the family together and staying together for meals, games, activities at a destination will create memories and closeness that is unmatchable.
- Following a hobby. Many people love the unique observation opportunity of being in the infield for auto racing, such as NASCAR or Indy car racing. Others attend dog or cat shows, antique car shows, and shows, fairs and festivals of all kinds. Outdoors lovers participate in bird watching, kayaking, fishing, hunting, hiking, surfing, or just enjoying the stars at night away from the city. Others enjoy bicycle touring, bicycle racing, motorcycle touring.
- Traveling on business. Many skilled professionals use RVs as their home when they have a career that involves staying at different assignments for weeks or months at a time. Traveling nurses, engineers, skilled trades, consultants, trainers, and event coordinators find it much more comfortable, convenient, healthy and economical to use an RV rather than a hotel and restaurants all the time.
- Traveling artisans. Have you ever been to arts and craft shows, fairs and concerts and wondered how those people can afford to carry all their stuff around, have a place to stay, and get from place to place? Most of them do it with an RV!
- Bring the pets along. Pet owners like to travel, too, but who wants to pay a kennel and wonder about your pet catching a disease, or try to find a reliable pet-sitter? And pets often get depressed when their owners are away. Some hotels accept some pets, but it’s usually not as convenient as having them with you in an RV.
Buying a used RV is a fun liberating experience but can also be intimidating to the average person. Here are some tips to prepare yourself.
First always go to a reputable RV dealer that backs up their products 100%. If you find a dealership you like, ask around and see what other RV’ers experience has been with them. Checking with the BBB for a their rating is also a great way to weed out the good guys from the bad.
When you start looking at RV’s don’t by shy. Ask questions, inspect the RV thoroughly top to bottom, don’t be afraid to get a ladder and climb on the roof, ask probing questions, and always test drive it.
When inspecting a RV keep your eye out for any wear and tear, especially water damage. One of the main reasons for major damage to RVs is water damage. Water damage can be spotted by extra sealant gobbed on window edges, corner moldings, vents, and other openings to the RV. Also flaking paint, a “spongie” feeling floor, drooping ceiling, and wall delamination are obvious signs of water damage.
All systems should be tested and checked for any defects. This includes all electrical systems including lights, outlets, chargers, inverters, generators, ect. Any electrical devices should also be checked: TV, stereo, lights (interior & exterior), and any appliance.
Water systems should be ran and tested for leaks. This includes water lines, taps, traps, fresh water tank, water pump, gray and black water tank and slide valve.
All interior mechanics, window seals, drawers, appliances, vents, should be checked.Don’t forget slide outs and storage areas.
Doing a complete inspection is worth the time and money. At Charlotte RV Center we provide complete RV inspections backed by a RVDA certified warranty. If you have any questions about inspecting an RV, about the RV services we offer or about the used RVs for sale in our inventory don’t hesitate to contact us.