We’re going to keep this one short and sweet. No TL;DR this time, just a list of every RV feature you want to keep an eye out for in your future rig.
#1 – NO RESIDENTIAL REFRIGERATOR
Okay, this isn’t exactly a ‘feature’, but it’s important. Don’t buy a rig with a full blown residential refrigerator. What’s a residential refrigerator you ask? It’s what you have in your house/apartment. If it looks like it belongs in a house, then you don’t want it in your RV. Why? Because it only runs on electricity, and A LOT of electricity. In doing so, it precludes you from ever getting solar on your rig. You want a fridge that can run off propane, otherwise, you are going to need one MASSIVE solar setup to keep your beer cold.
#2 – Ceramic Toilet
When it comes to this RV feature, you have two options: 1) Ceramic 2) Plastic. Plastic will suffice and get the job done but gets…uh…icky. Either buy one with ceramic, or plan on changing it out before you get grossed out by…well…you.
#3 – Bathroom Access With slides In
There will be times when you need to hit the head and can’t, or don’t want to, open the slides. It will happen more than you think. There will be plenty of times where you fill up at a gas station and can’t find parking so you have to keep moving. It’s nice to be able to pull over quickly, do your business, and move on. There will also be times where you’re crashing overnight somewhere that you can’t have the slides out and that’s why we also have #4…
#4 – Bedroom access with slides in
Just like #3, this happens more than you think. Truck stops are a great example; it’s often bad etiquette or simply not allowed to have slides out when spending the night at a truck stop, especially busy ones. There just ins’t going to be room. Or maybe you are trying to be stealthy in front of your favorite bar. Either way, you need to be able to get to this without putting out your slides.
#5 – Oven
Believe it or not, this can be a somewhat rare RV feature, and it’s easy to overlook when you’re shopping for your rig. If you like cooking at all, this is a must have and don’t give me that ‘oh I’ll just get a Traeger instead’, because there are going to be A LOT of evenings where it’s too shitty outside to want to grill dinner.
#6 – Decent Tires
It’s common for RVs, trailers in particular, to come with ‘china bombs’. China bombs are just super crappy tires made in China. You’ll need to do the research on the specific make/model of the rig you’re considering, but one thing you definitely want to look for is the maximum speed that they’re rated. This can be found on the sidewall of the tire. If it says 65mph, plan on replacing them. You don’t want to exceed this number, and you sure as shit don’t want to have to drive 65mph on an 80mph road because that sucks.
If you’re buying a used rig, check the age and the miles on the tires. Are they cracking? There are plenty of articles out on the interwebz that’ll help you identify a tire that is at the end of it’s life.
Don’t cut corners on this one. Tires are the most important safety feature on any vehicle and cheap piece of mind.
#7 – REally big obnoxious led under-glow
Just kidding. Don’t be that guy.