Buying an RV is a big commitment, and you want to ensure that you get the most for your money. Sometimes buying online or looking for the cheapest price isn’t always the best choice. You have to look at the whole package and what features you must give up to get the discounted price. When deciding which trailer to buy, ask the RV dealers you visit for help comparing apples to apples.
1. Do You Have a Copy of the MSRP?
You have to be careful because some manufacturers do not have an MSRP sheet. MSRP is the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price, and it is the factory window sticker. An MSRP lists all the standard and optional items in a travel trailer. It also lists the suggested retail price. Having a copy of this sheet lets you look at your options side-by-side so you can see which deal is better for you.
2. What BTU is the A/C Rated?
This is especially important if you live in the South, where temperatures can rise to 105 degrees each summer. A BTU, or British Thermal Unit, is a standard of measure for A/C units. The higher the BTU on a unit, the better your air conditioner works. If you have one dealer offering to cut a significant amount off the MSRP, make sure to ask about the BTU. It also helps if you do a little research so you know what rating is effective for the camper size you want. For example, a 25 ft. trailer should have an air conditioner with a BTU rating of 13,500 or higher. A smaller trailer, however, will not require as high a BTU rating.
3. Are the Window Awnings Included in the MSRP?
The model may have a window awning on it, but you should not assume it is part of the deal. Most RV dealers include the awnings as an optional item, and will remove them from demo units or not install them on new units. A window awning is important because it will help keep the internal temperature cooler during the summer.
4. Do You Check the Gas and Water Systems Before Delivery?
RV dealers should check the gas and water systems before delivery to ensure they work. The dealer should have a technician check all of the gas and water components for leaks. In addition, they should check all the appliances and adjust the stove burners, water heater burners, furnace burners, and fridge burners. Technicians should also hook up the water hoses and test faucets, toilets, showers, and the icemaker. Finally, they should ensure the gas and electricity all work properly.
There are several other questions you can ask as well, such as a whether the front jack is manual or electric or if the dealer includes the slider awning in the package, but the four listed above will give you a starting point to compare your options. When you are making a decision on a large investment, RV dealers can make the process much easier.