Shopping for an RV can be overwhelming. Whether you’re considering purchasing your very first RV or wanting to replace an existing RV, there is a lot to think about. Are you looking for a travel trailer, fifth wheel, or toy hauler? What RV size is right for you or your family? What amenities are important to you? How big of an RV can your tow vehicle pull safely down the road? What can you afford? An RV is a big investment and you want to do it right! We’ve put together a list of tips for RV shopping at Lakeshore RV that should help you in your search for the perfect RV!
What type of RV is right for you?
Here at Lakeshore RV, we sell all types of RVs to meet all types of needs. From modest pop-ups and small travel trailers to expansive fifth wheels and toy haulers, we have it all! The type of RV you choose will have to do with how much room you need, how many travelers you have, what type of amenities you want, and the type of vehicle you plan to use for towing. Smaller pop-ups and travel trailers are lightweight, easy to tow, and are low maintenance. They’re ready to go at a moment’s notice and can meet all your basic camping needs in a nice, compact package. These are great if you want easy-peasy, no-frills camping. Larger fifth wheels and toy haulers offer more space, more amenities, and more comforts of home in the great outdoors. These residential-style RVs often feature multiple sleeping areas, nicely designed bathrooms, beautiful kitchens, and living areas with full entertainment systems that will make you think twice about venturing outside. If you’re looking for an RV that will surround you in all the luxuries of home that you love, then one of these larger RV types may be a good fit for you. While not exactly low maintenance, these larger RVs require more upkeep due to their size and amenities.
What RV floor plan do you like?
Just like houses, RVs are not all laid out the same. When you start browsing our online inventory or touring RVs on our large sales lot, you’ll see RVs with front or rear bedrooms, front or rear kitchens, front or rear living rooms, single or multiple bathrooms, bunkhouses, cargo garages, exterior kitchens, and so much more. With so many layouts, the best way to determine what is best for you is to just start exploring them and seeing how they feel. Pop-ups with fold-down beds are popular with young couples, bunkhouses are popular with families, and large master suites are popular with retirees. What floor plan will you like? Browse the online photos or walk through some at Lakeshore RV to start narrowing down your selection.
What can your vehicle tow?
These days, there are RVs that can be towed by almost any vehicle, no matter its size. Lakeshore RV sells RVs that can be towed by crossovers, lightweight trucks, and super duty trucks. What do you plan to tow your new RV with? Unless you plan to purchase a new tow vehicle, this will have a big impact on what type of RV you can purchase. Refer to your vehicle’s towing capacity to determine how heavy of an RV you can safely tow down the road. Read our post on Choosing the Right RV for your Vehicle before starting your RV shopping. Also, travel trailers and fifth wheels attach to a tow vehicle differently. Do you have a ball hitch on the back of your vehicle, or is the bed of your truck where you plan to hitch up your RV? Travel trailers attach to a ball hitch, and fifth wheels attach to a hitch inside the bed of the truck.
What is your budget?
Whether you’re planning to buy a new or used RV, you want to feel good about your purchase. Know your budget before you start browsing so that you’re not shopping above your budget. No one likes falling in love with something they can’t afford! Use our safe, secure online credit application to help determine the budget you’re working with. At Lakeshore RV, we offer financing options that help make purchasing an RV easy and affordable. Our financing department works hard to find the best rates for our customers. We also feature an easy-to-use payment calculator on our website so you can see what your monthly payments would be before buying anything. Do you have a trade-in that you’d like us to take a look at? Complete our online trade-in form with your RV’s information and we’ll let you know how much it’s worth. Lakeshore RV also offers extended warranties and GAP insurance for peace of mind as you venture out on your exciting getaways. We make it easy for you to find the perfect RV for you and your budget.
We’ll bring it to you!
At Lakeshore RV, we are happy to offer our customers a comprehensive RV delivery service that spans the globe! While we’re located in West Michigan, we deliver RVs all over the world on a regular basis. Just because you live hundreds or even thousands of miles away doesn’t mean that you can’t take advantage of our unbeatable prices! Often our prices are so low that even with a delivery fee added into the price, customers still save money with us! From our store to your door, your RV is equipped with a GPS tracking device so that it can be located quickly and easily on its way to you. Our delivery drivers are bonded and insured and they take good care of every RV as if it is their own. Depending on where you live, you can be enjoying your new RV from Lakeshore in as little as 24 hours to 10 days! With convenient service like this, why would you shop anywhere else!
Decisions, decisions, decisions! There isn’t a lack of decisions that need to be made when choosing the right RV. We’re here to help you find the perfect RV so that you can enjoy years of fun and adventure. Call, click, or visit us today so you can start your RV adventures tomorrow!