(Plus 3 RV Features That Add Value!)
An RV is one of the most exciting purchases you will make in your lifetime. It will be the home of many memories with your family and loved ones. Because it’s such an important investment, we recommend taking the time to make sure your RV has all the RV features that you need (and possibly a few you don’t know you’ll need) before making your decision.
Here are a few RV features to consider:
- The Floor Plan and Rooms – The key to a great RV is having an efficient and spacious area that allows you to live comfortably. Consider your family size and make sure the floor plan makes sense and the rooms are spacious. A double slide living room, and slides that extend living space, can provide flexibility, which many people find helpful. Be sure to check the seating arrangement. If you think you may need more space, a mid-coach mounted TV with an entertainment system can also clear up space.
- Storage Space – Just because RVs are small living spaces, does not mean they need to feel cramped or cluttered. Make sure storage is available for all your belongings in a way that won’t make living and moving around difficult. Great RVs usually have plenty of interior living space cabinets, as well as wardrobe cabinets and extra closet space. Some also have external storage, allowing you to tuck away items you don’t want to have laying around.
- Kitchen/Galley – If you’re headed out for a long trip, chances are you will spend a lot of time preparing meals in your RV’s kitchen. Examine the counter-top size and space, as well as the full-size appliances, like the refrigerator and microwave. Also, make sure that there is ample cabinet storage space for all your food you plan to bring.
- Shower Privacy – Privacy in the shower area is something that just can’t be compromised when you are buying an RV. Make sure the shower is big enough and has large privacy doors. For a one bathroom or bath and a ½ floor plan, look for a shower that fits nicely.
- Dropdown Bunk Beds – This is a must-have if you plan on having kids or guests in your RV. Drop-down bunk beds are usually available in a full size or twin, and can be electric or a manual drop-down. The standard for weight capacity is 250-750lbs. We highly recommend making sure your RV has this feature, because it makes sleeping arrangements much easier to coordinate.
- Safety Cameras – The safety of you and your loved ones, as well as the security of your belongings, is very important while you are traveling. Safety cameras for the outside of your RV are great to have, as well as backup cameras, side cameras, and an over-sized dash monitor.
- Inverter and Energy Management System – Having an Auto Generator Start is a big feature to look into when you are shopping for an RV. You’ll want to make sure to look at the inverter size, and also check that it’s solar power ready or pre-wired.
- Passenger Foot-Rest with Work-Station – You should also consider the comfort for passenger travel. Having a passenger computer work-station provides the ability for your spouse, friend, or loved one to work while on the road. A foot-rest recliner swivels for additional seating while entertaining, relaxing, camping, etc.
- Drivability – You will spend a lot of time behind the wheel, so you should always take the RV for a test drive before purchasing it. For specific features, Alloy Wheels will provide a smoother ride. You should look for a tow capacity of no less than 5,000 lbs. Some RVs offer more if you need it.
Other “Bonus” Features That Will Add Value to Your RV:
- Outside Kitchen & Full Entertainment System – RVs are great for outdoor adventures. The more features that can be provided for outdoor entertainment, the better! An outdoor kitchen, along with an outdoor TV and sound system is ideal for tailgating, camping, etc.
- Full Paint Exterior – By having a fully painted exterior, the RV will require less maintenance over time and provides a quality finish to hold value longer.
- Construction and Safety – Not all RVs are built the same. It’s important to make sure you are investing in something that is durable and safe. Additionally, the better the structure, the better it will be when it’s sold later.
Some other RV features to consider when buying are:
- What is the R-Value? (The measurement of the RV’s capacity to resist heat flow from one side to the other.)
- Does it have a full steel cage and insulated firewall?
- What about the Truss line? Is it 4″ Flat or 5″-6″ Arched Truss that is walkable?
- What is the wall studs. construction like? The Newmar is 16″ on center and that is a big plus for quality construction. Most RVs are an engineered wall design and are approximately 4′ feet on center, for the most part.
- How are the trusses structured/engineered in terms of safety?