There are many RV pros and cons. Below we’ll get into both the many advantages of an RV, and also a few drawbacks that are worth acknowledging. So without further ado, here are some of the pros and cons of travelling in an RV.
PRO: You can travel where you want
Just like a car, an RV allows you to choose your route and destination. You don’t have to be limited to train routes or bus routes – instead you can plan out exactly the places you want to see along the way. You also don’t have to worry about if there is accommodation in the area as you have your own bed in your vehicle.
PRO: You can travel when you want
An RV also allows you to travel at your own pace. No train schedules or departure times – you get to choose when you set off from a location and when you arrive at the next. Those that own an RV can get up and go whenever they have a free weekend. Because you can also sleep in your RV, you also don’t have to worry about booking rooms in advance or checking in at a certain time.
CON: There may be some route limitations
Due to the size of RVs, you may not be able to take certain narrow roads or fit under low bridges. This does mean there are some limitations as to the route you can take, but generally you’ll still be able to visit most major destinations. Consider using a GPS that allows you to factor in RV-suitable routes.
PRO: You can save a lot of money on accommodation
Having a bed in your vehicle means that you don’t have to pay for accomodation. On long road trips, you could save a lot of money on hotel or hostel rooms. Most RV owners still like to park up in campsites where they can get access to electricity and other amenities, as well as being able to leave their RV somewhere secure. Fortunately, campsite fees are fairly cheap (they’re certainly a lot cheaper than hotels).
CON: RVs come with MANY other costs
While RVs can save you money on accommodation, there are many costs that come with using an RV such as fuel, insurance and maintenance costs. Of course, if you’re buying an RV, you have to factor in the upfront cost, which could include interest if you’re paying using finance. RV hire can be more affordable for one-off short journeys, but you still have hire fees to consider.
CON: RVs can be high maintenance
RVs require a lot of upkeep. You need to keep on top of cleaning, which includes dumping RV waste. You also need to make sure fluids are topped up and tired are inflated. Then of course, there could be occasional repairs that need doing. Make sure that you’re prepared for all this.
CON: You don’t get much space
Most RVs are not very roomy. You need to be happy living in a small space. The more people you are travelling with, the more cramped it will be.
PRO: You can pack more than you would in a car
You can pack more in an RV, making them typically more suitable for long road trips. Many motorhomes and caravans have lots of space beneath that is more sizable than any car trunk, allowing you to take more luxury items like deck chairs and bicycles.