Know The Rules of Owning an RV

Monday, October 22, 2012

Owning and driving an RV can be a lot of fun, but there are also a lot of rules and regulations that you need to follow when you have one.  An RV is like a home away from home, but having such a luxury also comes with added expenses – that are also just like home.  Here are some key rules and regulations you need to remember when owning an RV.


 The Basics


 When you are looking at buying an RV, you need to know the basics.  First, if you want to get a big RV, you may need to get a special license.  These huge RVs, the ones that are like buses, require a Class A license, which requires you to take a special test at the DMV.  Many dealers will help you figure out if you need one, but it is something to consider when you are buying it.


 RVs are also like combination car-homes in many ways.  Just like your house and car, you need to get simple caravan insurance to cover any damages that could occur to it.  You will also need to register your RV and pay annual registration fees for it.


 Storage and Upkeep


 Once you get your RV home, you will need to find a place to store it.  If you have a spot in your driveway, great, but most people don’t.  Plus, some communities have specific regulations about parking an RV in front of your house.  Make sure you check with that if you have a homeowners association.  If you don’t have a spot for it, you will need to rent a storage space for your RV, which is another added expense.


 Also, don’t forget that you will have to maintain you RV.  Washing an RV is time consuming, and if you don’t want to do it, it can be expensive.  The same is true with other maintenance, such as oil changes and tires.  All of these ongoing maintenance costs add up, and are more than a typical vehicle.


 

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