RVing is one of the best ways to see the country and travel without having to give up the comforts of home and it’s becoming incredibly popular. In fact, more than 10 million households in the United States own an RV that they use for weekend getaways and extended vacations.
However, the longer you use your RV, the easier it is to start to wonder if it’s time for an upgrade.
Making the decision to switch to a new RV isn’t’ always easy, but there are a few simple ways to tell that it’s time to upgrade your current rig. Watch for these telltale signs.
1. You’re Spending Too Much Time at the Shop
RV manufacturers design their campers with durability in mind. After all, you’re driving the camper on rough roads, over long stretches of interstate, and at high speeds. They need to be able to handle the trip without breaking down every time you go camping.
However, even the most durable RVs will need repairs eventually. Unfortunately, some of those RVs end up staying in the shop more often than you’d like.
Think about your RVs repair schedule. If you’re only taking it to the repair shop once in a while, you can wait to upgrade. However, if you’re bringing your camper in for repairs often or have to leave it at the shop for weeks on end because of the severity of the repairs, it’s time to upgrade.
2. It’s Not the Right Size Anymore
When campers buy their first RV, they rarely end up with the exact type of rig they enjoy camping in most. Some first-time buyers end up with RVs that are way too small for their needs while others end up buying ones that are too big.
Some RVers end up outgrowing their current setup either because they like to host friends often or added kids and pets to the family.
No matter what the reason is, it’s time to sell your RV and upgrade to a new model if the size is no longer right for your needs.
Think about how you feel when you’re using your current rig. If the space feels cramped, look for a floorplan that offers a larger layout. If the RV feels too large, look for a model that’s smaller but still provides the same types of amenities.
The last thing you want to do is buy an RV that feels like a downgrade from your current setup.
3. Your Rig Lacks Modern RV Safety Features
Technology changes and improves every year and RV manufacturers incorporate those improvements into their newer designs. While this makes new RVs more convenient and more user-friendly, it does mean your old RV will eventually become outdated.
If you’re worried about the safety equipment in your current RV or know for a fact that it lacks many of the modern safety features that make new RVs safer, it’s time to upgrade.
Remember, even aftermarket systems won’t work as well as ones installed by the manufacturer.
4. You Updated Your Tow Vehicle
When you have a travel trailer or fifth wheel, you rely on your tow vehicle to get the RV where you need to go. The more you travel, the more miles you put on your vehicle, and the sooner you’ll need to replace it with a new model.
Keep in mind that when you purchased your RV, you had to choose a rig based on the towing capacity of your car, truck, or SUV. When you update your vehicle, it may have a larger towing capacity meaning you’re able to switch to a newer, nicer, and heavier RV.
Use this to your advantage. If you’ve recently purchased a new tow vehicle and only bought your RV because it fits your vehicle’s towing capacity, upgrade to a new RV that you truly want.
5. Your Camping Style Changed
For most new RVers, the easiest way to stay is in a campground with full hookups and access to all the amenities of home right at your fingertips. However, the more you use your RV, the more likely it is that your camping style will change.
You may find yourself willing to spend more time away from full-hookup campgrounds or end up boondocking on public lands for free.
If you find that your camping style isn’t what it was when you bought your rig, your current RV may not provide you with the things you need to enjoy each trip. For example, if you boondock frequently, you’ll need a large freshwater tank, a solar setup or high-powered generator, and higher ground clearance to get to those hard-to-reach sites.
If the reverse is true and you’re switching from boondocking to traveling to RV resorts, you may want to upgrade to a more luxurious RV. Head to your dealership and start exploring your options.
6. You Can’t Keep up With RV Maintenance Costs
When you first start out, you aren’t going to know how much your RV will cost to maintain. Some rigs can go for years without regular maintenance while others end up needing something done every week or two.
If you’re struggling to stay on top of maintenance tasks or can’t afford to properly maintain your RV, it’s time for a change. Let your dealership know what you’re trying to accomplish and they’ll help you find a new setup that fits your needs and your budget.
Start Shopping for a New RV Today
If you’re starting to think that it’s time to make the switch to a new RV, don’t wait. Make a list of the features you want and the concerns you have about your current setup.
Bring that list to your dealership and start looking for a new model that will let you camp in comfort no matter where you go.
At Smallwood’s Camper and Trailer Sales, we’re here to help you find the best RV for your needs whether you’re a weekend warrior or planning to travel full-time. Check out our inventory and stop by our showroom to see your new RV in person.