RV Ratings & Reviews
It is not easy to buy a recreational vehicle. Not only is it expensive, it also entails a lot of scouting around. One of the tried and tested tools that help a customer like you in selecting the best RV is to rely on RV ratings. However, before doing so, it is important to research, consult and compare.
The proven integrity of research
An exhaustive research will familiarize you with the different types or categories of RVs. Also, it would be easier for you to search for ratings, because ratings are usually classified depending on the RV category.
There are a lot of ways to go about with your research. You may want to buy books on RVs. Or you might want to surf the net and join online communities and forum that discusses the advantages and disadvantages of the different brands and kinds of RVs. Also, there are websites that are dedicated to helping consumers pick the best RV. Some of these websites have compilations of consumer ratings that they have generated over the years. This should give you an idea as to which RV manufacturing company produces the RV Bestseller.
The helpful insights of consultation
Never undermine the wealth of knowledge and information you could get from your RV dealer. He is, after all, more than a salesman. He brings with him, years of experience in selling RVs, which means that he has met a lot of customers. Try to find out from him what brand of RV most satisfied his customers. Also, ask for his honest opinion if the RV you are eyeing will really work to your utmost benefit. However, treat all these information as suggestions. Ask more people. That way, you would have a collection of stories of RV experiences.
The necessity of comparison
After generating information, make your own ratings list based on your needs. Rate RVs based on the considerations that are most important to you. For instance, if you need an RV to be roomy, then rate the available RVs based on their floor sizes. If you need an RV to look classy, then rate the RV according to its exterior finish. If budget is your main consideration, then rearrange your ratings list and see which among the cheaper alternatives offer the most amenities.
Whatever the outcome of your list may be, remember that you are the customer. In the end, it is you who will decide which RV to bring home.
Would you like to know what RV dealers on a national scale think of certain manufacturers? Anybody serious about purchasing an RV would probably answer, YES! Well you’re in luck, the RVDA (Recreational Vehicle Dealer Association), for fourteen consecutive years has asked dealers to express their level of satisfaction with their manufacturers. The program is called, Dealer Satisfaction Index,(DSI).
The DSI is a tool to help improve dealer/manufacturer relations by identifying how dealers perceive the strength and weaknesses of their manufacturers. RVDA is quick to point out this is not a scientific study. Its purpose is to measure dealer attitudes toward their manufacturers, products, policies and procedures. The DSI survey asks the dealers to list the manufacturers of the products they sell and rate them in four main categories; sales, product, management and service-warranty support.