If you're hoping to get a motorhome, trailer, or 5th wheel recreation vehicle, you want to make sure you're getting the right bang for your buck. An RV is an investment that will affect your vacations and road trips for years down the road. You don't want to end up with a vehicle that gives you more stress than benefit.

So, you might wonder if it's better to get a new motorhome or if used vehicles could be the right choice. There are some pros and cons to each. Here are some things to consider.

1. Warranty

New recreation vehicles will come with a dealer warranty that can protect your against maintenance costs during the first few years of ownership. Kitchen appliances, plumbing systems, and built-in furniture should not break, but if they do, you can get them replaced. You also can have regular mechanic service as part of your warranty, which is helpful for basic engine maintenance. 

2. Modern Technology

Newer vehicles always have the latest bells and whistles. Your RV will be easier to park due to camera assistance, easier to level, and it will have more efficient cooling and appliances. However, some people don't enjoy traveling with these newer technologies, and they prefer a more "old school" approach. A used RV will still offer comforts for travel, but it won't be as computerized and automated. 

However, it is possible to find models a few years old that have been upgraded by the previous owners. Someone might have had a sound system, satellite, and parking assistance system installed after the fact. Then you get the bonus of a used price without having to splurge on extras.

3. Space

RVs come in different sizes and shapes. A small trailer might be perfect for you, or you might want an RV that acts as a moving house. For people who need a larger space, shopping used can get you more space, simply because used RVs are less costly than newer models. If you only need something small, you could look at newer vehicles or trailers because they can be more affordable due to reduced square footage. 

4. Cleanliness and Care

A new RV will be sparkling clean. The beds have never been slept in. The furniture has no crumbs or stains. The appliances are sparkling clean. The plumbing lines are clear. These are benefits that you can't get back with an older model, and for some people, this is the most important feature. Also, with a new model, you protect yourself against hidden problems. Used RVs can have troubles that the old owner didn't tell you about, such as water damage in the bathroom or failed seals in the windows. 

For more information, contact businesses like Kitsap RV.