Tips On Buying Your First Camping Trailer On A Budget

Posted on: 8 October 2015

If you've spent many years enjoying the great outdoors in a tent or borrowing someone else's camping trailer, now is the time to get into one of your own. Camping trailers range in size, models and types. This makes it easy to finds the right trailer that will fit your budget. If you're looking for an affordable option for your first camping trailer, here are just a few tips that may be able to help you get into a camper that fits your needs.

Start Off Small

Camping trailers and RVs range from a simple pop-up canvas-sided camper, to a luxury RV that has every amenity imaginable. If this is your very first trailer and you are looking to upgrade from a tent to something with a roof, consider a small trailer. This could range from a lightweight pop-up camper to a small travel trailer that you can pull behind your truck or SUV. This gives you a taste of more amenities such as a kitchen and bathroom, but doesn't allow you to break the bank by purchasing a large travel trailer or motorhome. Another thing to consider is towing. It can take some adjustment when it comes to learning how to tow your vehicle with a camper behind it as well as back it up and maneuver it into tight spaces, such as campsites. The smaller the model, the easier it can be to get accustomed to.

Purchase A Bare Bones Model

You can save money on your first camping trailer by purchasing a model without a lot of extras. Air conditioning, televisions and full-sized bathrooms can cause the price of a trailer to skyrocket. Specialty packages with sliders and premium decor can also jack up the base list price of a trailer. When you find the trailer that you love, but you feel it may be too expensive, ask about a comparable model without all of the add-ons.

Consider A Pre-owned Trailer

There are many camping trailers for sale on the market that are used. These late models may offer low mileage and be in fair to excellent condition. They can also give you a significant discount on the retail price, making your monthly payment more affordable. Good places to check for pre-owned trailers are at the following locations:

  • Used or new travel trailer lots or dealerships
  • RV and camper shows
  • Campgrounds and RV parks
  • RV sale catalogs
  • Local and nationwide classified ads

Scouting out multiple sources may be the best way for you to compare the costs of your favorite camper models.

Seek Out Your Own Financing

Most camping and RV dealers offer financing for new and used trailer. They will run your credit report and credit score to determine if you qualify for a loan. If you have excellent credit, you can expect to get a good deal on your overall financing, making it an affordable option. Most RV financing generally comes with a slightly high interest rate, so you'll still want to shop around. For a cost comparison, you can try for a lower interest through your own lender. Your lender or bank may also be able to combine your existing loans with your RV loan so that you get an affordable payment and the shortest loan time possible.

There are multiple ways to save money on your RV. Making your purchase affordable allows you to take more camping trips and stay within your budget.

To learn more, contact a company like Camping World of Ocala.  


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