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2 RV Buying Tips for 2015

Hi Folks:

Things are heating up as we head in to the RV buying season and we're starting to see some trends that we think are worth pointing out.

One, we're getting lots of report requests for gas powered motorhomes. There's nothing wrong with that. Today's gas engines (usually Ford or Chevy) are pretty reliable and much more economical to operate than ten years ago. They're also considerably less expensive to buy compared to a diesel and let's face it, gas itself is pretty cheap right now compared to what we've seen in years past. While we understand that these are all reasons our customers consider gas, we'd like to raise a couple points that you may want to consider.

 

Will you be a Snowbird or Full-Time user or travelling in excess of 25,000 miles annually? A diesel may be worth the upcharge for high-mile campers. Better MPG, longer engine life with less maintenance, and better power can pay off in spades once you start racking up the miles.
How long do you plan on keeping your RV? Have you considered re-sale value? A gas motorhome will depreciate much faster than its diesel brethren. Selling a gas motorhome with 100,000 miles on the clock will be tough sledding whereas the same unit with diesel power (if properly maintained) will be good for another 100,000 miles (at least) of reliable, problem free service. Smooth running diesels with 500,000 miles of service under their belt are not uncommon.
Gas is relatively cheap right now, but where will it be a year from now? Two years? Nobody knows, but do you want to make a long term and expensive decision based on the price of oil today? Gas definitely has its advantages for many buyers, but we suggest not letting the current price of a commodity sway you on your decision. Determine if gas or diesel is best for you based on your needs and budget, not because gas is cheap today.
 

Two, we're also getting lots of report requests for 2015 models. This applies to motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheels, lightweights and truck campers. Everyone wants the latest and greatest and we certainly understand that but we'd like to see more people at least considering the 2014 models. Why? Because there are still lots of brand new 2014 RVs available on dealer lots and they're usually heavily discounted. Why pay an extra $2,000 to $5,000 for a 2015 when you can save a real chunk of money on a 2014? Sometimes the newest model has some features that make the extra expense worthwhile but most of the time the differences between model years is insignificant.

When you stroll through a busy campground can you identify a Keystone Montana or an Airstream Flying Cloud? We can. Can you identify what year it is? We can't and neither can most people. The real difference between purchasing a 2014 and a 2015 this year is only in the size of the check written to get it. How many trips could you take with the $2,500 you save?

If you need an Extended RV Warranty and are getting a quote from WholesaleWarranties.com, make sure and mention coupon code "RV Reviews.net". They offer an additional discount for our customers. Give us some feedback on their service and prices if you can. So far customers are very happy.

That's it for this week. Drop us a note if you have any other tips you think we should pass on to the community, and if you're in the market for an RV, make sure and check us out at RVReviews.net. Thousands of past buyers have trusted us for 10 years to help them find the best RV for them and save money.

Happy Travels,

RVReviews.net

 
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The 2015 Motorhome Comparison Guide is now available.

November and December are historically slow times in the RV world. The end of summer and the onset of cold weather tend to cool people’s travel urges and RV sales slow down. Oddly enough, this is one of the best times to buy an RV. Dealers are desperate to move out last year’s models and salespeople are eager to deal. Strangely enough, here at RVReviews.net this is definitely our busiest time of year. The arrival of the next year’s models keeps us busier than an understaffed St. Nick as we tour and test drive all the latest and greatest RVs and sift through reams of customer feedback and manufacturer data –and this is before we sit down to update the Motorhome Comparison Guide –now entering its eleventh year.  

Well, the updated guide is officially finished and the first printing recently landed on our doorstep –hot off the press. The shelves are now stocked and we are ready to roll. So hop online and order your copy today. No shoving, please. There’s plenty for everyone.
By popular request some new manufacturers have been added to the lineup and ALL manufacturer articles and rating charts have been revised for the 2015 model year. There isn’t a more current guide on the market -anywhere. We’ve also improved the E-Book version with lots of bookmarks to make it easier to move around -no more scrolling! This is our most ambitious offering to date with an extra 50 pages of info and more manufacturers than ever before.

And just in the nick of time! 2015 is shaping up to be a banner year for the RV industry. Economically, the country has stabilized nicely (whew!) and as an unexpected bonus, oil prices have fallen and show no sign of climbing significantly anytime soon (decades, possibly, if some reports are correct) –thanks in large part to staggering amounts of oil being extracted from North Dakota, of all places, an event that surprised as many people in the U.S. as it did in the Middle East. 
So while OPEC fights to remain relevant mostly by lowering prices the rest of us get a long awaited break in gas prices. And what do lower gas prices mean to RVers? Longer and more frequent trips -at a much more affordable price. If you've been on the fence about buying your dream motorhome and hitting the road, then this might just be the sign you've been waiting for.

Our new guide covers and rates all major manufacturers and will show you how to identify quality construction when you see it. Our guide is so informative that we feel you'll know more about the motorhomes you see than the dealer salesperson -and that's the way to buy right and save big. Our guides aren't cheap, roughly twice the cost of a typical book, mostly due to our independent status and research costs, but we frequently hear from our customers that our information helped them save thousands of dollars while getting the perfect RV for them -and that's the best deal for everyone.
In closing, we'd like to take a moment to wish everyone the happiest of holidays and to sincerely thank all of our readers for making 2014 a great year. We really do love what we do and always enjoy hearing from you folks around the country. 
Safe travels for 2015!
The Crew at RVReviews.net
A division of JR Consumer Resources 
Info@jrconsumer.com 
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Thinking about buying an RV? Check out the new Pre-Purchase Inspection Checklist. Don't spend hundreds of dollars for a "professional" inspection. Our PPI uses the same format as the pros with lots of explanation, tips and tricks. With this simple checklist format anyone can perform their own RV inspection -while learning the systems and operating procedures. Recommended for anyone in the market for their dream RV. 
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Do RV vacations really save you money? We run the numbers: 

A recent survey was taken of over 2,000 existing RVers. 78% thought RVing was the cheapest way to travel compared to renting a hotel room. Stable fuel prices the last few years combined with more efficient RV powerplants and tow vehicles is having a positive effect on the RV industry as more people are buying RVs than any time in the past five years and planning longer trips, both in duration and distance traveled. Aerodynamic designs and lighter (but stronger) build materials are also lightening the load, resulting in easier to tow RVs that slip through the air. Car manufacturers have been on to this for twenty years and the RV industry is finally beginning to follow suit. We here at RVReviews.net applaud this pivotal design advancement, having long been critics of the traditional "box-style" designs that were outdated, unattractive and about as enjoyable to pull or drive as a barn on wheels. Surprisingly, it was the surge in interest in the Ultra-Lite Travel Trailer segment that prompted designers to take another look at the more traditional trailers. Many of the innovations in the small campers have been working their way up to the big boys and the results are positive all around. Having stagnated for decades with few real innovations other than high end finishes and electronics, RVs are finally beginning to drop the box and join the rest of us in the 21st century, and we say Hooray! 
So, with this in mind, is the RV vacation truly cheaper than the standard "plane and rental car" vacation? Curious ourselves, we ran some numbers on a theoretical 1,400 mile round trip of one week in length:
Option 1:
Winnebago View (Class C Motorhome) powered by a Mercedes 6-cylinder diesel. 350 miles covered first day and an overnight at a Walmart complimentary RV site. Assuming 15 mpg (seriously, these Mercedes diesels are amazing) at $4.50 a gallon, we spend $105.00 on fuel with no additional expenses. Day two gets us to our destination for another $105.00. Five nights at a premium campground at $50.00 per night comes to $250.00, followed by another $210.00 in fuel for the return leg. The grand total for transportation and housing comes to $670.00 for a one week vacation. If you're taking three people instead of two? No additional charge. Four people? Still no additional charge.
Option 2:
Airfare from Des Moines to Denver (672 miles each way) with an economy rental car is available on Expedia today for $799.00 person X 2 = $1,598.00. This includes accomodations in a 3 star Quality Inn. Understanding that most RVs today would be comparable to a 4 star hotel in finishes and comfort, an upgrade to the cheapest available 4 star hotel would cost you an additional $579.00 per person if you wanted to do an apples-to-apples comparison.The grand total for transportation and housing comes to $1,598.00 for a one week vacation + $1,158.00 for a comparable hotel room to a modern RV = $2,756.00 all in. Add accordingly for each additional person.
$670.00 for a one week RV vacation versus $1,598.00/$2,756.00 for the traditional "plane/ rental car/ hotel" vacation! This doesn't account for the money saved preparing some of your own meals in your RV kitchen versus eating all meals out. Granted, the diesel gives you some stellar mileage but go ahead and double your fuel costs for an additional $420.00 and you are still saving $500.00 to $1,200.00 dollars. Interestingly, the $1,200.00 saved on the RV vacation would just about be enough for another 7 day vacation -on the house. 
Two vacations for the price of one?  You won't find a better deal than that -and wouldn't you rather sleep in your bed anyway? We know we would. And let's face it, any air travel in this day of heightened security is neither fast or enjoyable. It's a long day of being treated like cattle. We'll take the RV any day.
Still shopping for the perfect RV for you? Trusted for almost ten years now, RVReviews.net has helped people find the best vehicle at the best price. Our Ultimate Packages for about $120.00 can save you thousands of dollars off advertised SALE prices and help you avoid the costly pitfalls experienced by uninformed buyers. Our best selling and highly readable Comparison Guides are the only sources in the industry that offer unbiased and informed reviews of all major manufacturers in North America. Just click the links below for your preferred mode of travel:
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Travel Trailer & Fifth Wheel Comparison Guide
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Happy Travels,
John Toffler 
RVReviews.net
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The Lightweight Travel Trailer Comparison Guide is now available on our website in E-book and Printed formats. Rating the best small travel trailers in the industry, the guide is an indispensable tool for anyone considering the purchase of an Ultra-Lite, Pop-Up, Tear Drop or Off-Road Lightweight Travel Trailer.
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Great video about RV Reviews by Senior Editor Randall Eaton. The best and only consumer-based source in North America for detailed reviews of current and past Motorhomes, Fifth Wheels, Travel Trailers, Pop-Up Campers and Toy Haulers. RVReviews.net has been around for almost ten years now and has helped thousands of RV buyers find the best RV for them at the best price. 
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Many of you have been contacting us for months asking for updates on the new book. Well, today it is officially on sale. As followers of our site know, Ultra-Lite Travel Trailer Campers are the hottest thing the RV industry has seen in years and the manufacturers have responded with an explosion of exciting new small camper offerings. For the first time ever buyers have a wide choice of styles and set-ups to choose from: Small Standard Campers, Pop-Ups and Tent Campers, Tear-Drops, Motorcycle Campers, Off-Road and Expedition Trailers, even a floating camper! But with many choices come many questions: Will an Ultra-Lite meet my needs? Which one is right for me? Who is building the best campers and who isn't? Would an existing owner recommend the unit I'm looking at? We address all of these questions and more.
Lightweight Travel Trailer camping has many advantages: 
 
• It's relatively inexpensive to get into, making it popular with campers of all ages.
• It's simple and stress-free. Many of the trailers we review set up and tear down in 30 seconds or less.
• No tow vehicle required -use your existing car or motorcycle.
• Smart design and innovation have resulted in a wide range of floorplans and available amenities.
• Maintenance is minimal and easy to perform for even the most inexperienced handyperson.
Our new Comparison Guide lists all the top manufacturers and provides informative and easy-to-read articles about each, as well as Ratings Charts, and our first ever Editors' Choice Awards. We've even included a section on buying and restoring Vintage Trailers -another booming industry and something to consider for the classic enthusiasts among us.
 
For a limited time we will be selling the new guide exclusively on Amazon at a discounted price. So check it out now -and discover why thousands of existing RV owners have turned to us for almost ten years now when finding the best camper for them -at the best price. 
 
Reviews you can trust: RVReviews.net is the only consumer based review company in the RV industry. We accept no monies, kickbacks or financial considerations from any dealer or manufacturer. We are not funded in any way by any entity aside from our customer base.
 
Happy travels!
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