When you dream of buying an RV, you are really dreaming about open roads and carefree traveling. For most people, those dreams do not include breakdowns, tow trucks, and service stations. Unfortunately, dreams are sometimes shattered, and RVs will need service and repair. On a more positive note, most new RVs are well built and most RV systems are very reliable, but it is still inevitable that at some point you will have a problem or need a repair. If that repair is to be done under warranty, it will need to be taken to an authorized service provider.
If you find the perfect RV but find that the dealers are only in a few locations, you may want to start looking again. While it may be the perfect RV, it will do you little good if you have to take it several hundred miles to have warranty work done. Remember to check for dealers in your immediate area and also for dealers in the areas you plan on visiting in the future. Not all RV service is of the same quality and reliability. Some RV owners suggest shopping for an RV by first going to the service department, and then heading over to the sales department to find the RV you want.
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Another option for buying an RV is ordering one online from a “virtual” dealer. These dealers offer a wide selection of well-known RV brands you can specialty order. The prices are often much lower than you might find during special sales at local dealers. If you are considering buying an RV online, be sure to find out if the warranty will be honored by your local dealer and by dealers nationwide. Some RV dealers may not appreciate having to perform warranty work on RVs they did not sell. Before you buy online, get confirmation in writing that your warranty will be honored nationwide.