WHAT TO ANTICIPATE FROM YOUR RV
In order to keep your expectations in the proper perspective and avoid surprises, understand exactly what RVs are.
“Expect all the same challenges of home ownership and more.”
RVs ARE HOUSES ON WHEELS
The best comparison to relate to is your own experience with your own home. If you’ve ever had a home built, or moved into a newly constructed home, you will have an even better perspective. RVs have all the systems (and then some) of any house, albeit in a more compact form. This means you can expect all the same challenges of home ownership and more.
BE REALISTIC. EXPECT TO ENCOUNTER SOME PROBLEMS
Plan on a shakedown trip or two and document any issues you may experience. Understand that your RV will need adjustments and periodic maintenance.
DON’T EXPECT PERFECTION
It doesn’t exist no matter how much you spend. Owners of $1,000,000 RVs experience problems just as often as those who own $10,000 RVs. Often, the more complex the RV, the more opportunities to face challenges (problems) are possible.
RVs ARE ASSEMBLED BY HUMAN HANDS USING HUMAN CONTROLLED EQUIPMENT
Even though there are many safeguards in place to insure quality, occasionally mistakes slip through. People make mistakes; we all do.
CHOOSE A GOOD DEALER
Be sure you deal with an RV dealer that is capable of servicing the RV and has a customer-focused philosophy. This will minimize the impact of the problems you encounter.
DON’T LOSE SIGHT OF THE REASON YOU OWN THE RV IN THE FIRST PLACE
You invested in an RV to travel and have fun! Ask yourself how much the problem you are encountering really impacts your ability to travel and have fun. If it doesn’t, don’t stop! Don’t let minor distractions keep you from the real RV value. Go RVing! Get the problem resolved when it won’t interfere with your fun!
RVs ARE SUBJECTED TO ALL THE STRESSES, VIBRATIONS, TWISTING AND JARRING OF THE OPEN ROAD
America’s highways and byways are not always friendly to the family car, let alone an RV. Imagine putting your house on wheels and driving our roads. The miles can be demanding on your RV. Campgrounds are often found on less improved roadways. Highways sometimes do not get the maintenance they should. These factors can easily lead to problems with things that were working perfectly at the end of the manufacturing process, when the RV was checked at your dealer, or even on your last trip.
CHOOSE A QUALITY RV MANUFACTURER
Be sure the manufacturer is reputable and has a strong written warranty. Ask for a COPY read it and understand it, BEFORE you buy. A good, solid warranty is an indication that the manufacturer is serious about more than just selling RVs. Because dealers don’t build RVs, they must rely on the manufacturer to stand behind their product to make warranty claims less hassle for everyone involved. Strong RV Manufacturers focus on quality control, continuous improvement, quality assurance, and provide a comprehensive written warranty to cover any defects or quality issues which may arise during the warranty period.
Do your homework, choose to deal with folks who are accountable and willing to work until they resolve problems, and be reasonable enough to give them that opportunity. If you follow this advice, your RVing experience will be full of rewarding family fun. The bumps along the way will seem minor and any problems you encounter will get resolved quickly.