Sure, we’d all love to buy a brand new RV with all the bells and whistles. We all get a little jealous inside when we see a super shiny RV with all the new tech and features parked next to us at a site. But, truth be told, new RVs are a big investment and not everyone can make such a commitment. Don’t worry, you can still afford a house on wheels by checking out the used RVs in our lot or anywhere else for that matter. Checking out used RVs for sale is a great way to get on the road and not have to devote your entire paycheck to making payments. When you start looking for one, keep these tips in mind so you don’t end up buying a lemon.
Check your appliances
Appliances are not cheap, but you have to have them in order to make your RVing vacations a success. Always check the oven, microwave, refrigerator, freezer and any other major appliance before you buy. If you happen to get an RV with a bad oven, there goes money down the drain. Check your air conditioner and heating units, as well. You definitely don’t want to get stuck down here in Texas during the summer without an air conditioner.
Check for damage
When people get rid of RVs, sometimes they are selling it because they know something is broken and do not want to pay to fix it. Of course, if you are buying from the owner, they are not likely to give you that information and will let you find out on your own. Are there soft spots in the floor? Does the shower leak? Do all the slide-outs work properly? Are the axles well maintained? These are all questions you should be asking before you sign on the dotted line.
Check your title
I’ve heard of many people who found a great RV for sale and decided to purchase it, only to find out after the fact, that the person they bought it from did not have the title for it. Be sure whoever you purchase your used RV from has a clear title and is willing to show you proof.
Inspect for hidden problems
The framework of your RV is one of the most important factors of the longevity of it. If you have frame problems, they will only multiply the costs further down the road. Rust is the #1 culprit and must be found before it weakens the frame and causes hundreds (or thousands!) of dollars worth of repairs. Purchasing your RV from a reputable dealer who has a professional and experienced staff on hand, who can identify problems and fix them, is the best way to go about it. If you’re set on purchasing one from an owner, be sure to take a friend with you who knows about RVs and RV repair.
Buying a used RV is a great way to find exactly what you are looking for at less of a cost of a brand new one. We all see RVs for sale on the side of the road, but always remember, if it’s too good to be true, then it probably isn’t the deal you were looking for. Come by and visit us and we’ll show you around our used RV lot and help you pick out the one that you’ll love for years to come!