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Listing the most important RV features you're looking for is one of the best things any RVer can do when shopping for an RV. Here's the list of our "must-haves!"
But understand, this list is ours.
Meaning, the RV features you choose for your needs will be different than ours.
The most important RV features you identify will depend on what kind of RV you get, how you like to camp, what you do when you are out there, and how you use your RVs.
This article comes in response to a specific request from a listener to our RV Podcast and we answered it on Episode 323.
Click the Player below to hear the caller's question and an audio recording of our response. It's about 19:25 in on the player.
For details, photos, and videos of the features, keep scrolling down.
Question: What are Mike and Jen's Most Important RV Features?
Here's a transcript of the question, left on our RV Podcast Voicemail number of 586-372-6990:
"Hi Mike and Jennifer:
Thank you for the valuable information you provide to the RV Community. My husband (six foot two)and I are nearing retirement and planned to purchase our RV in the near future. We've narrowed the search to a 20 to 25ft class B or B+ RV, which we believe allows us to fit in the most national park smaller camp sites do boondocking. I plan to continue to work part-time remotely.
We purchased your RV buying secrets and it has been very informative and answered a lot of questions.
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We are a bit overwhelmed with the features. We should be looking for in our RV. I would like to ask the experience two RV experts - you and Jennfer - to select the top ten features you can't live without in your class B B+ RV,
If you could, please focus on features that you must make in the initial purchase that can't be added later. For example, dedicated bed, ducted air conditioning, safety features on the coach like blind spot and lane-keeping assist, on-demand water heater, six-cubic-foot 3-way fridge freezer, convection oven, deep sink, counter space, tank sizes, propane versus induction, diesel vs gas ,storage capacity.
Thank you again for all that. You do to provide quality and educational content to the RV Community wage. I look forward to hearing the top ten features you guys can't live without. Thank you!"
Answer: Some RV Features are Preferences rather than Essentials
The caller asked about a lot of things that deal more with preferences rather than must-haves.
For example, she asked about:
Gas vs Diesel - We are happy with both. Right now we have a gasoline-powered RV. Our previous RVs are diesel. We can and have been happy with both. Gasoline is a bit easier to find. And, right now, it's cheaper.
CLICK HERE for an article we wrote on Gas vs Diesel
Induction vs Gas cooktop - We've had and have been happy with both.
Countertop - Most countertops in Class Bs are about the same. The bigger the better, but counter space is not a deal-breaker for us.
Sink faucet - A lot of RVs have very cheap plastic faucets. Stay away from them is you can. But, again, this is not a deal-breaker for us. We can easily replace and upgrade if we want.
Ducted air conditioning - We had this on our last RV and it was awesome. Our current RV does not have it and we do miss it. This is important, almost a deal-breaker.