Buying an RV

Buying an RV


We meet customers every day who are searching for their 1st RV and aren't sure where to start. There are several parts to this process which are helpful to understand if you want to make a good decision.


Step 1:  Research, Research, Research

Step 2:  Taking a Closer Look by Determining Wants vs. Needs

Step 3:   Budgeting and Finance

Step 4:   Making the Purchase

Step 5:   Delivery and Demo of RV

Step 6:   Enjoying your RV!  



It is important to determine what type of RV you would like to purchase. Don't be afraid to ask questions. It is more important to make a well-informed purchase than to rush or be pressured into something you aren't ready to purchase. Take your time. 


Motor Homes are drive-able and listed in Classes such as A, B, B+ , C, Super-C and others.


Pull-behind campers are pop-ups (tent campers), travel trailers, 5th wheels and Toy Haulers. 


Each type has many different options, floor plans and benefits. 


Some questions for Motor Home Shoppers:

Short or long term camping? Gas vs. Diesel? Number of beds and slides? Maintenance and upkeep costs? 


Some questions for Pull-Behind Campers:

What is my vehicle's towing capacity? How many beds do I need? Would I like a slide? How much storage do I need?


These are just some beginner questions and once you and your family determine the type of RV you want to purchase, you can be more specific about decor, appliances, options and price point.


Step 5: Pick up/Demo/Delivery 

At RV World, Inc. we feel it is important to not only show you that the major appliances work, but teach you how they work. On the day that you come in for your demo:

The demo normally takes about 30-45 minutes. We take you through the systems as well and explain how they function. If you have had a camper before than most of the information is the same. If not, then we can spend some extra time going over the information with you and get you on the way. 
Step 6: Enjoying the RV
Most RVers that are new to camping like to do a 'dry run' where they find a campground close by their home. If you are in Pinellas County you might book a weekend at the KOA in St. Petersburg or stay at Fort De Soto Park. That gives you a chance to go over the systems and functions, decide what you really need to bring with you and what you can leave at home. Also gives you a little vacation. 
Before you go camping for the first time there are many different RV check lists and some apps that can help you decide what to pack. Depending on the length of the trip and how far will affect how much stuff you bring.