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How To Get Value For Your Money When Searching For An RV

How To Get Value For Your Money When Searching For An RV

RV’s have a bad reputation for being poorly built, expensive to maintain, costly to operate and the average ownership length before resale averaging 2-3 years. So, while purchasing a Bowlus may seem expensive, it truly is the best RV you can buy for the value. It is also the most sustainable option, purchasing a product that will last you a long time and be fuel efficient while doing so is an incredible contribution you can make towards our collective goal of sustainability.

Here are a few essentials to consider:


Most RVs are poorly built with cheap materials and are something that gets traded within 2-3 years (yes, even Airstreams). We use the highest quality materials and all Bowlus are handcrafted by our team of artisans in California. We know it’s essential for us to have an authentic, high-quality product, we wanted your Bowlus to last for 80 years or more so you could restore it and continue to pass it on to your grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The Bowlus is a multi-generational product. We have designed the Bowlus to be restored in 50 years. We don’t use glues; almost everything can be screwed out. The interior metal walls can come down with rivet nuts and special screws. The entire interior can come out.


It is a problem that RV’s and travel trailers require very large (and fuel inefficient) vehicles to tow them. Add on the fact that many of the places that you want to go with an RV are remote; this increases your chance running out of fuel getting from one gas station to the next in a gas guzzler. The Bowlus is so lightweight and aerodynamic you will enjoy better fuel economy – some of our owners even report over 31 MPG while towing. And looking further out, as gas prices continue to rise, purchasing an RV that can be towed by an electric vehicle is something that will give you substantial value in the long run.


When you are selling your RV when it is only 2-3 years old like we mentioned above, it can mean taking a sizable hit to sell it. Additionally, typical RV financing has a term of 240 months, RV’s rarely out last their payments. Owners are left having to continue a purchasing cycle that is not sustainable, nor financially conscious. In terms of trade in value, very few Bowlus have been resold, and Bowlus are designed to last for 80 years using the same manufacturing techniques as the Bowlus Road Chiefs of the 1930s of which over 50% are still on the road.

Maintenance & Wasted Time

When products are poorly built, with cheap materials, this means that they will not last long and they will continually and frequently need replacement. So, not only that you will be spending more money regularly to keep your RV operational because it was not’, to begin with, but you will also be wasting your time both managing that constant repair process and not exploring with your RV – which was your original reason to purchase one. The Bowlus is built with the best in class parts and made to stringent standards. We give you all of the information you need to maintain it yourself, and of course, are happy to do that for you. We recommend a two-year maintenance visit of which we complete over a week.