When someone new asks in an RVing community for advice on what RV to buy, it’s become common to see at least one “buy your second RV first” response.
The idea behind this sentiment is to spend more money for a better RV right out the gate, so that you don’t have to deal with depreciation selling the first RV to buy the second, and only need to shop for and organize an RV once.
The reason why this advice falls flat is that many newbies hardly know what they want in an RV right now, let alone two years in the future. Your first RV is always going to be your first RV. Trying to think ahead to what future-you is going to want will bring little more than frustration. You can’t know for sure what you’ll want two years from now, you’re not that person yet.
Better to accept that your needs and wants will change, and focus on meeting the needs of present-you when it comes to your first RV. In Solo Full-time RVing On A Budget I actually recommend taking a completely different route from “second RV first”: choose an older and less expensive ‘trial’ RV knowing that it won’t be your final one. This accomplishes a few things:
- RV shopping becomes less panic-inducing when you take the stance that this doesn’t have to be your forever RV.
- You won’t feel like a failure for not being able to guess what future-you eventually decides they need, instead testing the waters becomes part of the plan.
- If you decide RVing isn’t for you after all, you’re out less money.
- RVs depreciate quickest in the first five years, so buying an older one first means you won’t have as big of a loss on your investment when it comes time to trade in.