Best Places to Buy an RV
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Where to Buy an RV Across America

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Best Places to Buy an RV
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The RV lifestyle starts with an RV purchase — which starts with comprehensive research that narrows a search to the style, make, model, floor plan, and brand that's right for you. Buying, however, can be an overwhelming, confusing process wrought with potential pitfalls and missteps. A five-, six-, or even seven-figure price tag is not where to roll the dice, and from whom and where you buy matters not only for what you pay, but the quality you get, and the service you can expect. Cheapism tracked down some of the best options to consider for those looking to purchase a new or used RV, including online resources, dealerships, and RV shows.

Keep in mind that while several RV shows are happening this summer, many of the largest and most comprehensive in the country take place in the fall and winter, so if you aim to attend one of those, you'll have time to plan a trip for the end of this year or the beginning of 2020.

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Camping World
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Camping World

Camping World maintains more than 130 physical locations around the country. You can shop online and use the website to calculate monthly payments after a down payment, compare sale prices to MSRP, and check availability nearby.

PPL Motor Homes
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PPL Motor Homes

Another online resource with physical locations is PPL Motor Homes, which specializes in used motorhomes and RVs. You can shop all categories, makes, and models, and also use site resources such as pricing tools, buying strategies, delivery options, and comparison tools for used and consigned RVs.

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General RV Center
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General RV Center

Another major and highly regarded national dealer is General RV Center, billed as America's largest family-owned RV dealer and boasting more than a dozen locations across six states. General RV also maintains a vast, nationwide network of service bays.

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MHSRV

MHSRV, which claims the title of No. 1 motor home dealer in the world in terms of volume, stocks more than $165 million worth of vehicles. MHSRV, which says its sales account for more than 40% of all motor home sales in Texas, promises the lowest prices by starting with a dramatically reduced MSRP — as much as a quarter of the price off — before calculating sale savings and trade-in value.

RV Trader
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RV Trader

RVTrader is one of the most widely used online source for buying and selling RVs in the world, if not the outright biggest. Millions of monthly visitors browse more than 200,000 new and used RVs of all types, makes, models, and manufacturers. Users can get insurance quotes, estimate monthly payments, and set up price alerts while they shop.

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RVT.com
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RVT.com

Like RVTrader, RVT.com is a major online-only outlet for sales across North America. Serving as a massive online classified listing, it showcases nearly 125,000 new and used RVs. Makes, models, and styles from top manufacturers and brands are available, and buyers can work with dealers and private owners.

Pop RVs
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Pop RVs

Pop RVs lists more than 2,200 RVs for sale, with more than 100 new ones arriving most weeks. The site, which supports Make a Wish of Southern Florida, lets users browse by price range, brand, category, and manufacturer.

Conversion Trader
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Conversion Trader

Another online-only source is Conversion Trader, which sells all kinds of RVs, including sprinters, schoolies, and buses. The site stands out for offering a wide selection of specialty vehicles, including stealth, off-grid, and handicap vehicles, as well as unfinished projects.

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America's Largest RV Show, Hershey, Pennsylvania
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America's Largest RV Show

The name of this show in Hershey, Pennsylvania, says it all — it's America's Largest RV Show, where more than 40 manufacturers showcase more than 1,400 RVs. Educational seminars, giveaways, and meet-and-greets with manufacturers and dealers are all part of the event. The next show takes place Sept. 11-15, 2019.

California RV Show, Fontana, California
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California RV Show

West Coasters can head to the California RV Show in Fontana for live entertainment, food, vendors, and more than 1,300 RVs in every class. More than 40 manufacturers showcase their top RVs, many of which are available at special prices. The next show takes place Oct. 4-13, 2019.

Florida RV SuperShow
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Florida RV SuperShow

RV shows are good places to browse, ask questions, meet dealers, and get up close and personal with some of the models you're considering. Now in its 34th year, the Florida RV SuperShow at the Florida State Fairgrounds is one of the biggest and most comprehensive shows in the country. More than 1,550 RVs and 450 vendor booths are spread across 26 acres. The next show is scheduled for Jan. 15-19, 2020.

Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show
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Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show

Every January, the sleepy desert town of Quartzsite, Arizona, transforms into an RV mecca. Up to 1 million people converge on the tiny town, which is 20 miles from the California border, making the Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show probably the world's largest such gathering.

Indy RV Expo
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Indy RV Expo

The Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis is home to the Indy RV Expo, the biggest of its kind in the state and one of the leading shows in the region. Deals and special financing are available, representatives are on site, and RVs of all types and models are spread out across 120,000 square feet. The next show takes place Jan. 4-12, 2020.

Chicago RV and Camping Show
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Chicago RV and Camping Show

The Chicago RV & Camping Show has been running strong for more than a half-century. Shoppers and revelers alike can check out the newest and most highly anticipated models and floor plans from 20-plus dealers showcasing more than 400 vehicles. If you're ready to buy, special show prices are part of the package. The next show takes place Feb. 13-16, 2020.

Visit a Top Local Dealer Near You
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Visit a Top Local Dealer Near You

If you're not able or willing to visit a big RV show and aren't near a big national or regional dealer, don't worry. Some of the best deals, best service, and best selection in the country might be there for taking right in your backyard. RV Business, one of the leading industry publications, has compiled a list of the 50 top local RV dealers in the U.S. and Canada.