Checklist for Buying a Used RV

If you decide to buy an RV, you have the option of getting a new or a used one. Ultimately, after weighing your budget you may realize that all you can afford is a used RV.

Of course, this decision will come with many worries. You’ll worry about the condition of the vehicle, the legitimacy of the seller, and how much you would have to spend on maintenance in the long run.

To help keep your worries at bay and make your RV purchase as easy and convenient as possible, we’ve put together a guide that’ll help you get the best used RV you can find.

1.    Set a budget

Used RV or not, you need to know how much you can spend on the vehicle. Having a budget also helps you during negotiations. If the dealer’s price is uncomfortably higher than your budget, then you have to be willing to walk away.

2.    Figure out what kind of RV you want

Do you want a big camper that can accommodate your spouse and children, or do you want something smaller for just two people? Do your research on the different types of RVs available and their manufacturers.

Deciding what RV you want will also help you determine whether to look for Class A diesel motorhome loans or a loan for a lightweight travel trailer.

3.    Check the exterior of the RV

Before you make a final purchase, you need to thoroughly inspect the RV. Check the doors and windows for signs of rust or water damage and make sure they open and close without any issues.

Check the roof for any openings or bubbles, and if you find any, that’s a bad sign. Don’t forget to test the headlights and exterior lights.

4.    Test the awnings

Check to see what kind of awning is installed and if it’s powered. The position of the awning also matters, and full side awnings are your best bet because they offer added privacy and allow rainwater to slide off the sides rather than over the front doors.

5.    Check the tires

The quality of the tires on your RV matter a great deal. Check the tires for signs of wear and tear. If one side has more wear than the other it means the tires weren’t rotated.

If you’re uncomfortable with the condition of the tires, ask the owner to replace the tires or simply pass up on the vehicle and continue your search.

6.    Check the interior of the RV

Now that you’re done with the outside, it’s time to come in. Keep your senses on high alert and look out for strange smells or stains on the floor or furniture. Look out for holes, hollow spots, loose boards, and signs of mold and water damage in the floor and ceiling.

Also, check that power ports are installed throughout the RV.

7.    Inspect the water system

You want to ensure that the RV has running water. Check the water system and all available tanks and ensure that the water heater is also functioning.

Extra Tip!

When you decide to purchase the RV, ask the owner for previous maintenance records, so you know what parts of the RV have been replaced and what areas to keep your eye on.

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