Navigate the process of buying and financing a new or used RV and turn your travel dreams into reality with help from Heritage Family Credit Union. RVing offers the perfect blend of exploration and comfort, allowing you to travel at your own pace and discover hidden gems. In this article, we'll review RV types, buying new versus used, financing options, and essential considerations as you embark on your next adventure.

Why Buy an RV?

RVing has become increasingly popular, particularly after the pandemic transformed vacationing habits. Owning an RV unlocks a special travel experience, fostering a sense of community as you connect with fellow travelers at campsites across the country. Instead of staying in a hotel room that others have checked in and out of, you stay in your own personal suite, complete with kitchen and bathroom accommodations. Instead of staying in one city for your entire vacation, you can pick up and move to the next place easily—no suitcase required.

Understanding RV Types

Choosing the right RV largely depends on your preferences. Here's a breakdown of the most common RV types to help you narrow down your search:

Motorhomes. These self-contained, drivable vehicles offer the ultimate convenience of having your living space and transportation combined. They come in various sizes, from Class A luxury liners to Class B camper vans.

Travel Trailers. Towable trailers provide a comfortable living space at a more affordable price point compared to motorhomes. They come in various sizes and configurations, offering flexibility for camping needs. However, you'll need a vehicle capable of towing the trailer.

Truck Campers. These self-contained units mount onto the bed of your pickup truck, creating a cozy living space. They offer a good balance of maneuverability and comfort, ideal for camping.

Which RV is Right for You?

With so many RV options available, choosing the right one can feel overwhelming. The key lies in understanding your travel style and needs.

  • Usage. Consider how you'll use your RV. If it's primarily for exploring the outdoors, a standard model might suffice. If it's your homebase for extended adventures, consider features that enhance comfort, like spacious living areas, large refrigerators, and entertainment systems.
  • Size. RV size impacts driving, towing, and parking. Longer trips require more space for necessities, a larger generator, and comfortable living quarters. Create a list of your needs and wants to determine the right size for you.
  • Budget. Factor in the purchase price, financing costs, and ongoing expenses like insurance and maintenance when considering affordability. Here at HFCU, we offer a variety of RV financing options to fit your budget.

Pro Tip: Still unsure about RV ownership? Consider renting a used RV for a trial run. HFCU also offers informative resources to help you navigate the RV buying process.

Buying a New vs. Used RV

Deciding between buying and financing a new or used RV depends on your budget, priorities, and travel style. Here's a breakdown of the pros and cons of each option to help you make an informed decision:

New RV Pros

  • Latest features. New RVs come with the latest technological advancements and amenities, enhancing your comfort and RVing experience. Some include smart TVs, solar panels, and Bluetooth connectivity.
  • No prior damage. You'll be the first to use all the RV's features and appliances.
  • Manufacturer warranty. Peace of mind with coverage for potential factory defects.
  • Financing options. Consider financing your new RV purchase through HFCU for competitive rates and flexible terms.

New RV Cons

  • Higher Cost. New RVs come with a premium price tag.
  • Depreciation. Similar to a new car, the value of an RV depreciates quickly.

Used RV Pros

  • Budget-friendly. Used RVs offer significant upfront cost savings compared to new models.
  • Customization potential. You can remodel and personalize a used RV to your taste.
  • Faster availability. You might be able to find a used RV sooner than waiting for a new model.
  • Lower insurance rates. Used RVs typically have lower insurance premiums compared to new models.
  • Financing options. HFCU can help you finance a used RV that fits your needs.

Used RV Cons

  • Maintenance. Be prepared for potential repairs or maintenance needs down the road.
  • Prior Damage. Carefully inspect a used RV for any underlying issues.

Additional RV Cost Considerations

Owning an RV comes with ongoing expenses beyond the purchase price. Factor in these costs when creating your monthly budget:

  • General maintenance. Regular upkeep for appliances, plumbing, and other interior components.
  • Fuel costs. Consider gas for travel and potential propane usage for appliances and heating.
  • Campground fees. Fees for campsites, including hookups for water, electricity, and sewer.
  • Insurance. RV insurance protects your investment in case of accidents or unforeseen events.

HFCU can help you navigate the financing process and ensure you have the right financial plan in place to enjoy your RV.

Do You Need RV Insurance?

In most states, RV insurance is mandatory to cover bodily injury and property damage liability in case of an accident while driving your RV. Check with your current insurance provider to see if your auto insurance extends to an RV. Full-time RV living may require more comprehensive coverage. Speak with an insurance representative for more information.

Financing Your RV Adventure

At Heritage Family Credit Union, we believe everyone deserves to experience the joy of RVing. That's why we offer flexible financing options for both new and used RVs. Why finance with HFCU?

  • Competitive Rates & Flexible Terms. We offer some of the most attractive financing rates in the area, with flexible terms that fit your budget and lifestyle.
  • Knowledgeable Loan Officers with Local Decision-Making Authority. Our friendly and experienced loan officers will guide you through the financing process, ensuring you get the right loan for your needs. They have the authority to make decisions locally, expediting the approval process and getting you on the road faster. 
  • Exceptional Service. At HFCU, you're not just a customer, you're part of the family. We're committed to providing exceptional service throughout your RV financing journey.

Ready to hit the road (or trails, or water, or snow)? HFCU's recreational vehicle loans aren't just for traditional RVs! We can help finance your dream adventure vehicle, whether it's a motorcycle, boat, ATV, snowmobile, or more. Contact HFCU today to explore your financing options. We offer convenient ways to connect with us, including phone, email, video call, live chat, or visit us in person at a branch near you.