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Financing and Insurance Options Make Buying an RV Easier

Primary Contact:
Courtney Robey
Public Relations Manager
(703) 620-6003 ext. 306
  Secondary Contact:
Kevin Broom
Director of Media Relations, RVIA
(703) 620-6003 ext. 304

RESTON, Va. — Financing a recreation vehicle (RV) is easier than ever with attractive interest rates and financial institutions across the country offering flexible payment plans to meet buyers’ needs.

Loan terms are being extended making monthly payments more affordable, reveals to a survey of RV lenders by Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).  Loan terms for both new and used large RVs now extend up to 15 to 18 years.  Whether the purchase is financed through a bank, credit union or RV dealer, the average minimum down payment is 10 percent for both new and used RVs.  For budget-conscious families, these attractive terms make RV ownership even more economical.

Lenders also consider RVers to be reliable buyers—another advantage for consumers.  The reason: less than one percent of all RV loans are delinquent, according to RVIA figures.

Financing saves money.  Not only are interest rates more affordable today, but financing an RV purchase can be smarter than tapping into savings or cashing in assets to pay cash, experts advise.  This option offers more economic flexibility, allowing you to further invest your money and obtain returns greater than the cost of financing.  And because RV loans are generally offered for longer periods, yielding lower monthly payments, financing might allow you to buy a larger RV than you might otherwise have purchased.

Tax advantages.  For the vast majority of RV buyers, the interest on their loan is deductible as second home mortgage interest.  To qualify, interest expense deductions on the RV must exceed the taxpayer’s standard deduction.  In addition, the RV must:

• Be used as security for the loan.
• Be rented out less than 15 days per year.
• Have basic sleeping, toilet and cooking facilities.

Virtually all RV types—motorhomes, van campers, travel trailers, truck campers and even some folding camping trailers—qualify under these conditions.  The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) publishes two booklets with helpful information regarding the tax deductibility of RV loan interest.  “Publication 936—Home Interest Deduction” and
“Publication 523—Selling Your Home” are available by calling the IRS at 1-800-829-3676.

Insurance considerations.  RVs are specialized vehicles with unique insurance needs.  RV insurance can be arranged through the same carrier that you use to insure your automobile or home.  In addition, there are companies that offer specialized RV insurance—which can be arranged through your RV dealer or lender.  Specialized RV insurers are familiar with how RVs are built and used, and therefore can provide the best coverage and service with the lowest premiums, experts say.  Coverage on furnishings, fixtures, appliances and personal items are among the many differences between regular automobile and RV insurance. 

“Today’s financing and insurance options make buying an RV easier than ever,” said RVIA President Richard Coon.  “Families can readily find payment and insurance plans to fit their needs.  From a range of $4,000-$13,000 for folding camping trailers to $8,000-$65,000 for conventional travel trailers and $48,000-$140,000 for Type C motorhomes, there’s an RV for every family budget—and pre-owned units are even more affordable.”

To find an RV dealer near you, check the Yellow Pages under “Recreation Vehicles—Dealers.”  Or log onto and click on “Buying and Renting.”

Download a “getting-started” video at  Surf the website for lists of Go RVing dealers and campgrounds in your area, as well as RV shows, publications, rental sources and clubs.

RVIA ( is the national association representing more than 550 manufacturers and component suppliers producing approximately 98 percent of all RVs made in the United States.


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