RV Buying Advice for Millennials

Jan 27, 2020

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Some Tips for Young People Purchasing an RV

You’re youthful, optimistic, and making it big in the world. Congrats! But, you want to experience it all in a way that allows you to see everything – not just strip malls, McDonald's, and Starbucks on the way to your local camping spot.

So, you’re thinking about buying an RV. We don’t blame you, millennial RVing is becoming more and more prominent all across the United States. So, like any good trend, let’s get you involved.

Here’s some advice for you, whippersnapper, before and after you purchase your RV.

The RV is just the beginning — Just like a home, an RV’s purchase price won’t be the only money you spend on it. In addition to maintenance and storage, you’ll probably want to upgrade it with all the newest RV gadgets on the market. So, make sure you go in with a plan.

Set aside some time — Just like a home, owning an RV will occasionally require time away from your kids, your partner, and the elk you want to watch in RV campgrounds – and that’s not just because you have to pack and unpack every time. There are things that must be done, like winterization, upkeep, and cleaning. But trust us, the work is worth the reward.

You won’t need as much as you think — Maybe your parents who traveled across the country nine months out of the year drove an RV large enough to hold the population of Nebraska, but you’re young. You’re probably used to living in an apartment and smaller spaces like your dorm room. Remember, an RV is designed to be a comfortable, safe way to travel and sleep, but once you get there, you should be out on the trails and in the towns enjoying your vacation. You don’t need an RV the size of a professional baseball player’s house to do that.

May we suggest a great, mid-size Class B RV? Fleetwood’s 2020 IROK is everything new travelers expect from their first RV trip—luxury, modern styling and amenities, and a smaller footprint for get-out-and-go exploration.

Slow down — Take it easy. You’ll spend hours on the road, and you didn’t buy an RV to break speed records, did you? Enjoy the ease and leisurely lifestyle an RV affords you. You can always spend an extra night in a large chain parking lot if you’re behind schedule. But, more on picking a place ahead of time in a bit.

Boondock when you need to — Oh, yeah, we didn’t talk about boondocking yet. That’s what you’ll be doing in that parking lot (which, incidentally, DOES allow boondocking from RV owners, probably in the hopes you’ll blow your budget on snacks). The traditional definition means to use the land to camp without hookups.

Most prefer to get out of the city, but you do you. You can boondock on land run by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) or some remote, natural campgrounds. This will save you money while you travel, even if there are many RV campgrounds around, as you’re only there to sleep (and perhaps buy some snacks).

Plan your route — There are apps that help you locate RV resorts, campgrounds, or other spots where you can camp, hang out, or visit BLM areas. One of them is “AllStays,” but there are many others, and sometimes even Google Maps can help you with this. So, embrace your phone (like we needed to tell you to do that) and use it to get things done.

Document! – Again, we probably don’t need to tell you this, but taking photos, videos and, yes, selfies, is a great way to relive the memories of your trip. You should take photos of everything and make a movie or picture book to give to family for Christmas. They’ll love it. And they miss you, after all.

And what kind of advice blog would we be if we didn’t suggest a great option for young buyers who want to make the most of their journeys? The Fleetwood Renew Edition, found on select Pace Arrow and Flair units, has too many outdoor-centric options to list here, but trust us, they’re the perfect blend of staying in touch and getting off the grid.