Just like a home or car, sometimes life changes can require a change in your rig! You may be wondering if you should start looking at a new RV. Chances are that if it’s on your mind, you should get started. Here are 3 signs you’ve outgrown your RV to help you figure out when it’s time to start shopping.
You Need More or Less Space
“Outgrowing” your RV may be a size increase or decrease. Maybe you bought your RV as a couple and are planning to have children soon. Maybe you have children that were comfy sharing a pull out sofa together, but now that they’re older they need separate beds and a bunkhouse. Maybe you bought an RV with a bunkhouse for your kids, and they have all grown and moved on, and you now have too much space! All these things can be signs that it’s time for a different RV. While too much space is easier to deal with than not enough, it can still have some downfalls like added weight and fuel consumption when towing, and more area to keep clean that you don’t need.
There is Clutter Everywhere
RVs are small so keeping clutter down can be a challenge for everyone. However, if you have clutter everywhere and cannot get rid of anything or solve the issue with organization, you may need a new RV with more storage options. Some RVs have more cabinets, bigger closets, and exterior storage. It’s hard to feel relaxed and refreshed when you’re surrounded by stuff, so ensuring you have a place for everything is a must in an RV. Even if you don’t mind clutter all over the place, it can become a problem when that stuff starts flying all over the RV when you travel because it’s not stowed away somewhere.
Your RVing Plans Have Changed
Sometimes people will buy an RV with the intention of an occasional trip here and there, and all they need is a bed and maybe a bathroom. Maybe you only wanted to do weekend trips and had every intention on simply cooking over a campfire and staring at the stars, so you opted for less luxury and amenities. As you get more into RVing, you may find that you like it more than you realized and want to start going on more trips for longer periods. Maybe you’ve even decided to become a full time RVer. This will mean you will need more space and more amenities. If you plan a long trip where you’ll be staying the night in parking lots here and there, a campfire is most likely frowned upon. Now you need a full kitchen, maybe air conditioning and a heater, a shower in your bathroom instead of just a toilet, and a lot more storage space. This can also be true of the opposite as well. You may have tried the full time RV lifestyle and now only want to go on weekend trips and no longer need all the amenities your rig has.
What to Look For
Regardless of why you’re in the market for a different RV, you’ll want to ensure you make a list of what you feel is necessary and cannot live without. Some things you want to ask yourself when deciding on what to get include:
- Do I want to change hitches?
- How much bedroom space do we need?
- What size are the tanks?
- Do I need added sleeping space for guest?
- What is necessary in the kitchen?
- What is necessary in the bathroom?
- Do we need more than one bathroom?