Before you buy an RV, it is important to fully research your options so you get the right vehicle for your needs. There are many different aspects to consider which can make the search a bit overwhelming, but you shouldn't skip over anything lest you are dissatisfied with your purchase.
First and foremost, you should make a list of all the things you want in an RV. Do you want a motorhome you can effectively live in? Would you prefer one with all the amenities or something more modest? You should consider how much RV travel you plan on doing, the amount of storage space you'll likely need, how many people are going to regularly use the vehicle and how you will spend your time. This can help narrow down your choices.
If you and your spouse are planning on touring the country alone, you can opt for a smaller RV and probably pass on a lot of amenities as well. Conversely, a family will probably want something larger so the kids have room to relax while mom or dad navigates the vehicle to all the RV destinations.
Some RVs come equipped with full kitchen setups that include full-size refrigerators, stoves, microwaves and even dishwashers. Others may have a minifridge on board and nothing more. This would be ideal for those who don't plan on cooking meals aboard or want to grill their dinner at RV campgrounds.
There's also the decision to buy a towable trailer or an all-inclusive RV. If you go the route of a towable trailer, you should research your car's towing capacity to make sure it can handle the load. This includes the weight of your personal belongings as well, and brings up the point of storage space. Different RVs have different amounts of storage space. An RV that will be used primarily for weekend getaways and short trips probably won't need to have as much storage as one being used for longer vacations and full-time RVing.
Taking the time to figure out what you need instead of just buying the flashiest RV or the one that has the coolest gadgets will ensure you and your family have an enjoyable time in your new RV.