RV Sales Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT SIZE RV IS RIGHT FOR ME?
There is no right or wrong answer, however, RVDA states that of all RV’s sold 70% are 27' or larger. While making your decision, take the time to sit in your new RV 15 minutes and imagine a rainy day. Would you be comfortable with this floor plan? If it’s a motorhome, be sure to do a test drive for 20 minutes on a highway and on back roads to be sure you’re comfortable.
WHAT RV STYLE IS BEST FOR ME?
Decide how many times you may use your RV, how far you will go and how many people will be traveling with you. Do you have a vehicle capable of towing a trailer? With a motorhome, getting there is half the fun. With a trailer, you may have more room once you get there and a vehicle to sightsee with. How much have you budgeted for this purchase?
HOW CAN I PREVENT BUYING A LEMON?
Buy from a reputable dealer who will service it before you take delivery and be there to service your vehicle after the sale. When looking at a used vehicle, check for water damage, stains, soft or weak floors, check the roof for cracks and sagging, overall cleanliness and condition. Check tires for dry rot and cracking. If possible, bring your recreational vehicle to a reputable RV dealership for a pre-delivery inspection.
WHAT 2 THINGS SHOULD I DO WHEN CONSIDERING AN RV PURCHASE?
Go to a couple large RV shows to narrow your choice of RV. Talk to as many people as possible about that vehicle and the dealer they purchased from.
WHAT KIND OF FUEL ECONOMY SHOULD I EXPECT FROM AN RV?
With most Class C motorhomes you can anticipate 8-12 miles per gallon, most Class A’s average 7-10 mpg for gas, most diesels, 7-11 mpg. Keep in mind that how you drive will affect mileage. Regardless of the gas mileage, the RV experience outweighs the cost.
WHAT IS A PUSHER?
A pusher is a motorhome with the engine mounted in the rear, usually a diesel that will provide you with a better ride and fuel economy.
HOW MUCH SHOULD MY TOW VEHICLE OR DINGHY WEIGH?
Rule of thumb – your tow vehicle IE behind your RV should be less than 3,500 lbs. or should not exceed your GCWR or motor manufacturer guidelines.
SIMPLE RV FACTS. DO I NEED A SPECIAL LICENSE?
In most states RVs require no special license. In a few states you may need to have a special driving test. Personal use RVs do not require a special license, however, please drive carefully.
IS THE INTEREST ON MY RV LOAN DEDUCTIBLE?
Yes. The interest may be deducted. Please, contact your tax adviser. CAN WE GO OUT AND LOOK AROUND IF EVERYTHING IS OPEN? At Tulsa RV, most weekends our inventory on the lot is open depending on the time of year and weather conditions. However, it you are a newbie and would like assistance, we suggest you have one of our RV consultants with you.
WILL YOU SHOW US HOW EVERYTHING WORKS?
Yes, we ask that you give 1 to 2 hours when picking up your unit for a complete orientation and walk-thru where we will answer all your questions.
SHOULD I JOIN AN RV CLUB?
There are many types of RV clubs. For example, the Good Sam Club serves over 1million RV owners of all types and www.fmca.com, which is a motorhome/coach association, offers many benefits throughout the country, including a magazine. There are many other RV clubs offered by manufacturers and your local dealer. Joining an RV club with people having the same interest will bring lifelong memories and friendships.
WHEN PLANNING A TRIP, WHERE DO I START?
There are many resorts. First decide on the length of time you would like to spend traveling to get to your destination. For most weekend trips you may not want to spend more than 2 hours to get to and from it. Have a family meeting to decide what activities would be of interest: beach, mountains, amusements parks, fishing, racing/motorsports, etc. Go through your campground directory, state or national, to get info on campgrounds. Call for availability. Remember, prime season and the quality of the resort are always more in demand. Most families will try to plan all the upcoming calendar year activities in January.