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What to Ask Before Buying an RV

The purchase of an RV means a lot of commitment on your part. You will have to make sure that it offers the most bang for your buck. It is not always the best choice to buy online, in a bid to get the lowest price. You need to consider the entire package and the kind of features that you can forego in order to find an RV with a discounted price tag. Here are some questions that you should ask your dealers while deciding what kind of trailer you should purchase.

Does the MSRP include Window Awnings?

Although the model might come with a window awning over it, it is safer not to assume that you will get it as part of the package. The majority of RV dealers keep the awnings only as an optional accessory. They tend to remove the awnings from demos or do not set them up on new models at all. But it is essential to have a window awning as it can ensure cooler interior temperature on very hot days.

Do they have an MSRP sheet?

A few dealers do not have an MSRP sheet, and you need to be careful due to this reason. MSRP refers to the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price, which is the window sticker from the factory. It lists all the optional and regular products in a RV. The MSRP also contains a list of the recommended retail price. With a copy of the MSRP you can take a look at various options alongside and find out which one offers the best deal to you.  If they don’t have a paper copy, you can take a picture of it for future reference.

What is the BTU Rating for the A/C Unit?

A/C units are typically measured by British Thermal Unit (BTU). The higher its BTU, the better will be the functioning of your air conditioner. You should ask your dealer about the BTU if he is offering a big discount on the MSRP. You should also research about the effectiveness rating for your camper size.

Do they check the water and gas systems prior to delivery?

Before delivery, RV dealers need to check the water and gas systems to make sure they are functional. They need to check all the water and gas components to ensure there are no leaks. They also have to check the appliances and make adjustments to the fridge burners, furnace burners, water heater burners and stove burners. They also need to ensure that the electricity and gas runs well.