Do you want to buy a camper? Here’s what you need to know

Do you want to buy a camper and don’t know where to start?

If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably been tinkering with tent camping, spending your days at the campground drooling over all the beautiful campers.  But you like to feel like you’re “toughing” it so you just snicker to yourself that you’re saving money and that’s all that matters.

Then that one camping trip comes along where disaster strikes.  Either it rains like a monsoon, its freezing, or so freaking hot, you can’t even stand to have a sheet touch you at night.  For us, it was the latter experience that led us to look into buying a camper.

Where do I even begin?

Ok, I want a camper

Looking for a camper can be very overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be!  Let me break down all the options for a first-time camper owner.  There are several questions to address before you should look for a camper.  Let’s go over each of them.

What’s your budget

First things first... what's your budget

This should be the first thing you ask yourself.  What’s your budget?  Then you can move on down the list of questions!

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Are you going to tow or drive your RV?

Are you going to tow...Or drive...

First, you need to decide if you are going to be towing or driving your RV.  Do you have something to tow it with?  Will it tow the weight?  Or are you looking for one that you drive?

The Class A, B, or C RV’s are significantly more expensive, but if you can afford them, they are really nice.  The only disadvantage that I can see with those (other than the steep price tag) is the fact that you won’t have a vehicle to drive once you get to where you are going (unless you tow it). And you will need to have a certified driver!

The towing campers are much cheaper and a great way to get your feet wet in the world of camping.  The only thing you need is something to tow it with!  Some of the smaller ones are light enough to tow with a car.

Where are you going to store it?

Will you be able to store this at your house or do you live somewhere that will prevent that?  There are many RV storage companies that are available in populated cities, but this will add to the monthly costs.  We thought we would be able to store the camper at our house, but the HOA said no (even though it wasn’t visible from the road).  So that added another $75 a month to our camper budget.

New or used?

We looked at used campers first.  This may not be the case for everyone, but the ones we looked at needed a lot of work and we wanted “move in ready”.  We looked at an RV lot, but maybe you could have better luck buying from an individual.

How many people will be camping?

How many people will be sleeping in the RV?  You will need somewhere for everyone to sleep.  Many offer bunk beds, tables that fold out into a bed, or sofas that convert.

Do you want slides?

In order to give you more room, but still be able to fit on the road, the RV world came up with a fantastic solution.  Slides!  These are parts of the camper that slide in during travel and then slide out while camping.  You wouldn’t believe the difference in space once the slide is out!  It’s amazing!  We only have one slide, but already have camper envy of others with multiple slides.  A friend of ours has 5 slides!!!!

Do you want a bathroom?  If so, how many?

A lot of the smaller campers will not have a bathroom.  And you don’t necessarily need one.  There are usually bath houses available at campgrounds.  But if you’ve ever tent camped and had to get up in the middle of the night with a child that needed to go and it was raining and the walk was far, you would definitely appreciate a bathroom inside your camper.

I was worried about the smell, but we only allow number 1’s in our potty!  You can totally go number 2, but shew!

It’s also super nice to have a shower in the camper, I’m not gonna lie.

What type of storage will you need

Most campers definitely make the most of all their space.  But as you are shopping around, make sure you take note of the storage options.  Some will have more than others.

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