Why does the term “used” breed hesitancy among motorhome shoppers?
Well for one thing, our culture puts a less than favorable view on the term. This is a mistake.
A vehicle that’s conquered vast landscapes across the U.S. shouldn’t be discounted. Proving itself in all weather is confirmation of its durability and reliability.
You’re here because you understand this value. And we’re here to make your purchase as smooth as possible.
What To Look For When Buying a Used RV
Because you’re reading this, we can assume you’ve already resolved the new vs. used RV debate. Congrats!
But maybe you’re still undecided on the brand. If that describes you, these 5 questions are worth reviewing before you proceed any further.
For everyone else, we want to equip you in buying a used RV. Shall we proceed?
Two major tips before we get into more specific details:
- Use a reliable RV reseller, not a private party
- Check out the motorhome in person BEFORE you buy
Unless it’s a trusted family member, and especially for first time buyers, go through a dealership. Even if you have to put some miles on the car to visit them. Believe us…this will prevent unnecessary headaches.
Secondly, testing each system properly requires you to show up and make the inspection yourself. It’s always wise to meet the seller and determine if you want to buy from them if you decide to go the FSBO route.
One final piece of advice.
Ask the dealer “Why did they sell it to you?” This way you can identify any problem issues before driving off the lot.
Next we’ll look at a proven process for selecting your “dream-mobile.”
Buying a Used RV Checklist
Before you even leave the house, you’ll want to set a budget. What’s the lowest price you’ll pay? How about the highest?
You’ve come this far, so you should already have a brand in mind. Perhaps you’re still weighing between different classes. Although it’s not the end of the world if you don’t, it’s worth narrowing it down further.
Got it picked out? Good, now research the fair market value for any price negotiations that may occur. Okay, you’re ready to head to the dealership.
The best used RV to buy will be the one that checks off the most boxes in the following list. Understanding it’s not fresh off the factory floor, these areas should nonetheless be met.
When at the Dealership
- Survey the exterior for sun damage
- Assess the walls for strength
- Look for tire rot and wear
- Check the interior for water damage
- Review any maintenance records
- Look for signs of termites or rodents
- Test all appliances
- Confirm the age of batteries
- Verify the stability of its roof
- Look inside exterior panels
- Visually certify it’s clean and appears cared for
Don’t rush the purchase, even if you think you’ve found the “one.” Take these extra steps if you feel good, but want to make sure.
- Consider a professional termite/rodent inspection
- Bring in a mechanic to review its internal workings
That’s it! You’re now ready to make an informed decision that’ll be based on sound reasoning. Feels good doesn’t it?
Before we part ways, some final advice…
RVInsurances.com and Buying a Used RV
When you’re ready to buy a used RV, it’s an exciting time of adventure-filled daydreams. And the best way to make these a reality is safeguarding them.
How do you do that?
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