How to Pick the Right RV To Meet Your Needs: Part 2

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Welcome back as we continue our examination of how to pick the right RV to meet your camping and recreational needs. Mobile RV parks in Salem and around Oregon make it incredibly easy and convenient to experience all our beautiful state has to offer. However, with all the options you have available, you can easily feel overloaded when trying to pick the right RV to meet your family’s needs.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at our second part on how to select the right RV for you.

How Many People/Pets will You Travel with?

Size matters when selecting the right RV because you want to make sure that everyone stays comfortable. The furry members of the family should also be taken into consideration to make sure their needs are fully met as well.

Some of the questions you should consider: Do my pets need to go outside regularly? Do I need to have a place for my kids/grandkids to sleep? Where can they study? Will I need an outside playpen to keep them occupied? How many adults will my RV need to comfortably sleep? Answering each of these questions will help you narrow down the list of RVs that meet your needs.

If you have kids, you may want to consider a bunkhouse-style RV. If you plan on traveling with large dogs, you may want to consider investing in a large Class A RV or a Class C if your furry friends will spend most of their time outdoors.

Do you Have a Truck Big Enough to Pull Your RV?

Here we come to one of the biggest fundamental differences in RV selection. Most camper style RVs require the use of a large truck capable of pulling the enormous weight of the trailer and RV. If you already own one of these Ford F-150 style trucks that feature a significant towing capacity, you have a lot more options when it comes to selecting an RV. If you own a Subaru or other sport utility type vehicle, however, you’ll need to take a hard look at what matters more.

If you don’t want to make an additional purchase in buying a vehicle big enough to tow an RV, you need to consider whether to buy a Class A type RV will meet your needs? While that might sound overly expensive, you might be surprised. When you factor the cost of buying a new truck, trailer, and all the necessary hookups, you may even find it more expensive than simply buying a Class A RV.

Of course, this brings us to one of the biggest question of them all…

What Type of Budget do I have to Work with?

Where dreams often collide with reality is at the intersection of the budget. As someone looking to buy your first RV, you need to decide on what type of budget is right for this new chapter of your life. How much can you afford to spend on your new RV? Keep in mind that buying an RV is very much like buying a traveling piece of real estate, and that an RV will be priced as such.

Let’s say you have a budget of around $60,000 for an RV, and that you don’t have a truck big enough to pull a camper. Just these two facts alone have help you narrow down the options available to you considerably.

Unfortunately, your budget won’t allow you to buy a new Class A or C RV, so you’ll need to consider what used options are available. Fortunately, just like with cars, there’s a robust used RV market that will help you find a vehicle that will fit your budget.


Picking the right RV so you can comfortably visit mobile RV parks in Salem and around Oregon can be tricky when presented with so many options. Fortunately, the team at Phoenix RV is here to help. Come back next month as we conclude our three-part series on how to select the right RV to meet your needs.