When is the best time to buy an RV?
While you're looking for that perfect RV, don't neglect the show's aftermarket vendors. Not only can they offer tips on caring for your new RV, but they also know which RV brands will start needing repairs sooner rather than later.
Just like car dealerships, RV dealerships have monthly and yearly sales quotas they have to meet. RV Talk recommends waiting until the end of the month to buy. If that month happens to be late in the year, even better! As cold weather sets in, RV sales slow way down. Add slower sales to an end-of-year quota that must be met... well, you get the idea!
Other great times to buy an RV
New models arrive in spring, so dealers are eager to get rid of last year's models to make room for the new. That's why late winter is a great time to go RV shopping—as long as you don't mind last year's model. Most differences in model years are cosmetic, so you probably won't be missing much by purchasing a new RV that's a year older than what's about to arrive.
The best time to buy a used RV
RVs need to be winterized, maintained, and stored over the winter. Since most people don't use their RVs in winter, they often sell them to avoid the inconvenience and expense of keeping and maintaining them. Other people sell their current RV in the fall because they're looking forward to purchasing a new model in the spring.
Because of this increased availability, early fall is a great time to pick up an amazing deal on a used RV for your next road trip. Just make sure that the used RV you're looking at has been maintained properly. Check for any signs of leaks or water damage, examine the tires for signs of excessive wear, and have a trusted mechanic go over the engine if it has one.