Finding a perfect match can be tricky. This applies to relationships as well as shopping for a travel trailer. During my days as an RV sales manager I witnessed what I refer to as good matches and poor matches between new owners and the travel trailers they purchased. There are lots of things to consider when you are shopping for a travel trailer. Sometimes folks get caught up in the excitement at an RV show, or don’t conduct enough research, resulting in a hasty buying decision.
When the smoke settles and you realize you selected the wrong travel trailer for your specific needs your options are slim. You can trade the travel trailer in, losing lots of money on the deal, or you can be unhappy and disappointed every time you go camping with your new travel trailer.
Hopefully you haven’t fallen victim to a poor match already, and we can make sure it doesn’t happen in the future.
Finding the Perfect Match
Going back to my days as an RV salesperson, there were a couple of immediate concerns I had when a customer told me they were shopping for a travel trailer:
It is much easier to refine your search to travel trailers that fit the towing capacity of your vehicle and your budget. Now that we have the approximate size and price range sorted out you can start shopping. A major part of finding the perfect match starts with the floorplan. You need to have a basic understanding of the different floor-plan configurations used in designing travel trailers. There are front bedroom, rear bedroom, and two bedroom models and there are side bathrooms, split bathrooms and walk-through bathrooms to consider. I once had a customer, who after purchasing the travel trailer told me they made a big mistake with the floor-plan. She said every time she was in the center kitchen trying to do something the children were constantly running back and forth from the front living area to the back bunk beds.
I used to tell my customers to go inside, sit down, close your eyes and imagine what it would be like to be camping in the travel trailer. Imagine a rainy day when everybody is inside. Now open your eyes and look around. Does the floor-plan work for how you plan to use the travel trailer, and for the number of people who will be going camping? Painting a visual picture of using the travel trailer can be extremely helpful in selecting the right floor-plan for your specific needs.
Check it Out; Check it Off
The floor-plan is definitely a major consideration, but there is much more to finding the perfect match. I’m sure you have heard people recommend you lie down, stand up in the shower and sit on the toilet too. This is all good advice. If you can’t stand up in the shower, or your feet hang off the end of the bed it can make for some uncomfortable camping trips.
Here are some other buying tips from my best-selling book, The RV Book, on finding the perfect travel trailer match for you:
Do you need a slide-out or multiple slide-outs for additional living space? If you get a travel trailer with slide-outs how is the interior affected when the slide-outs are in the stored, travel position? This could be an issue if you ever camp where you can’t extend the slide-out.
When manufacturers design and build travel trailers, weight and weight distribution play a major role in where things are located and how the trailer is configured. It’s not always possible to find a travel trailer that has everything exactly the way we want, but I guarantee there is one out there that will suit your specific needs.
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