Buying a consignment RV is a lot like buying a car; there are some features and options that you’re going to want, and there will be some others that you don’t have a need for. But, buying an RV on consignment gives you a whole new list of options to choose from, and if this is your first recreational vehicle, take a look at the list I put together below before you start shopping. I think it will put you on the right track when it comes time to pick your first RV.

How many people will I likely be traveling with?
RVs come in all different shapes and sizes, so you want to be sure that you have adequate space and seating room for everyone who will be traveling with you. Plus, if you don’t take in account for sleeping room, you might end up sleeping outside!

How much stuff am I planning on traveling with?
This question goes hand-in-hand with the one above. The more people who travel with you, the more stuff that is coming along for the ride. But, with all of the extra people and belongings, you’re adding more weight to the RV, and that could be a problem. You don’t want to overload your new RV with too much weight bearing down on the chassis and wheels.

What climate will I be using the RV in?
Most modern RVs are well equipped with insulation, but if you’re planning on vacationing to colder climates, you want to know that you’re getting enough insulation to keep you warm when the temperatures drop at night. Also, make sure that the heater and air conditioner are equipped to cover the entire inside of the RV. When it comes to vent placement, notice where they are located throughout the RV’s floor plan — especially in the bathroom when it comes to a heater vent!

How many items will I need to plug into an outlet?
Different RVs have different numbers of outlets depending on the floor plan, and the locations of the outlets can vary, too. If you plan on bringing a lot of electronics along with you, remember that when you’re shopping and take note of the quantity and locations of the outlets. Also remember, you only have 30or 50 AMP service and you cannot plug in and turn on everything you have at your home.  Forget using the toaster, electric skillet, hair dryer, both AC units and outside lights all at the same time.  It just won’t work!

The bottom line is that if you are looking to join the RV lifestyle, you’ve already made a step in the right direction. The world is a pretty big place and the best and most affordable way to see it is in an RV! Come and check out all of the great consignment RVs we have here at PPL Motorhomes, I know we’ll have one perfect for you and your family.

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  1. Hi Nana…Get PPL emails & was happy to see all these articles + one on Consignment RV’s, your website & all the experience you’ve had RVing. I also would like to get involved with this life style and eventually purchase my own. Since it is just me(female) are there any programs available to train on the “how to” with actual driving & maintenance instructions in the Houston area for these bigger rigs. Looking to buy a Class C under 29′, but before that need some “real” time on the road. Appreciate any suggestions you may have or if you’re available anytime at PPL, it would be great to speak to you in person. Thank you in advance for any assistance on this…..JO Duncan

    1. I should rephrase. An RV “under” consignment simply means that we here at PPL Motorhomes do all of the logistical work it takes to sell an RV between the actual owner of the RV and a second party. We house, showcase, inspect and advertise for the seller to help take all of the headaches that come with selling big ticket items like these. We are a middleman that helps makes doing business easier. I hope this answers your question.

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