How to Choose an RV

An RV opens a whole world of possibilities for your family’s vacations. Whether you want to spend a long weekend at a nearby campground or you want to spend a few weeks on the road seeing our country’s National Parks, an RV is a great way to do it.

Choosing the right RV for your family can be somewhat challenging because there are so many different RVs on the market. Luckily, we’ve listed the basic elements that separate RVs so that you can have a more clear idea of what you’ll need when it’s time to buy an RV.

When you’re ready to look at specific models, make sure to stop by Modern Trailer Sales in Anderson, Indiana. We proudly serve the areas of Indianapolis, Noblesville, Fishers, Muncie, and Carmel, Indiana.


There are a few elements to consider when buying an RV. Figuring out your budget is usually a good place to start. Obviously, the sticker price is a big concern, but it’s not the only thing you should consider. It’s best to think about a down payment price and then the amount of recurring monthly payments you can afford.

The majority of people buy their RVs using financing. Often this requires a simple credit check, and if that goes through you’ll be approved for a line of credit. The monthly payment for your trailer might not be your only payment. Consider the cost of insurance, if you are going to spring for that. It’s also important to consider the cost of operating the RV. Fuel, campground fees, and maintenance should all be taken into account.


When buying a travel trailer or fifth wheel, it’s important to consider the weight restrictions of your tow vehicle. Every vehicle comes with a figure known as a gross combined weight rating, or GCWR. The GCWR represents the total amount of weight a trailer, tow vehicle, and all the cargo and passengers can weigh together. This is the most important figure when considering if a trailer will work with their existing vehicle. As you’re thinking about how big of a trailer you can pull with a tow vehicle, make sure you take into account the weight of cargo, passengers, and even things like full water tanks.

Of course, you could also purchase a new tow vehicle if you’d prefer a larger trailer. That will make a major change to your budget, though.

Sleeping Space

Sleeping space is another element to consider when choosing a travel trailer or fifth wheel. As everyone knows, camping trips are better with more people. Having enough room to comfortably sleep your whole family is a good place to start. An extra two or three beds will make it easy to invite the grandparents, other family members, or your children’s friends.

Trim Package

One of the biggest determinants of price is the trim package. Basic RVs are usually built to be lightweight, durable, and easy to clean. Achieving those qualities usually involves using thin construction, particle board, and other types of composite materials. If you’re willing to spend a little more money, you can upgrade the upholstery on your furniture to leather, the trim to solid hardwood, and the countertops to a sturdy and long-lasting material.


There is a wide range of features available for modern RVs. Residential-style kitchen appliances will make cooking easier and more fun. You can also opt for the latest electronics for home entertainment, like flat-screen TVs and Bluetooth-connected stereo systems. In the bedroom, a residential-style mattress will allow you to sleep well wherever you are. A solar panel array will provide electricity just about anywhere you are. If you plan on camping through the winter, check out a four seasons RV with features specifically designed for cold weather.

Ready to check out RV models? Stop by Modern Trailers in Anderson, Indiana. We proudly serve the areas of Indianapolis, Noblesville, Fishers, Muncie, and Carmel, Indiana.

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