Buying a Used RV: 11 Questions To Ask Before Buying It.
- 1 Buying a Used RV: 11 Questions To Ask Before Buying It.
- 2 1. Is the person showing you the RV, the true owner of it?
- 3 2.For how long has the RV been in operation, and how many people have been owning it for that period?
- 4 3. Does the owner have the maintenance records for the RV?
- 5 4.The number of miles on the tires and their last replacement.
- 6 5. Does the RV have water damages?
- 7 6. Are all buttons in operation?
- 8 7. Does the shower work?
- 9 8. Is there some rust on the unit or even some damages?
- 10 9. Are there some animals that might have lived in the RV?
- 11 10. Is the owner ready for a test drive?
- 12 11. Lastly, ask for a thorough inspection of the RV.
Some people might be wondering what the acronym RV means. It simply means a recreation vehicle. It’s always the best relaxing vacation. One should not just go on and buy a used recreation vehicle anyhow. Rather one should consider some factors by asking some very important questions.
1. Is the person showing you the RV, the true owner of it?
You should at all not engage in communications with the person who does not own the RV. This is because the person will not give you any important information pertaining the RV. Any answer the person gives has no first-hand information therefore not guaranteed. The cost he or she gives is not also controlled neither the record of the RV.
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2.For how long has the RV been in operation, and how many people have been owning it for that period?
This will help you to know clearly whether the RV had always been serviced, the maintenance level of the RV and the mileage covered. On the mileage, an RV that has covered the little mileage might be accompanied with several questions, these are; why the RV was not in operation for all that time and whether it had some mechanical problems.
3. Does the owner have the maintenance records for the RV?
When the RV has the full records, then you will have enough confidence to possess it. The maintenance records give you clear information on how many times the RV was repaired and some of the things that might have been replaced in the RV.
4.The number of miles on the tires and their last replacement.
With the maintenance records, you can learn this very easily. An A class used RV has very expensive tires and in case you need to replace them as soon as you buy it, then you will incur extra expense than expected.
5. Does the RV have water damages?
This is the worst thing in an already used RV. If it has water damage kindly don’t buy it. You can realize this by pressing on its walls. In case you feel soft spots then the RV has continuous water damage.
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The first turn on the engine, check the clearance lights and the brake lights to the outside. Simply make sure all the parts are in operation and strong.
7. Does the shower work?
Stand on it to confirm. The shower should be impressing and can accommodate you when on the road.
8. Is there some rust on the unit or even some damages?
Check whether there are cracks, rust or even broken weels to avoid expenses.
9. Are there some animals that might have lived in the RV?
Know whether there is that kind of animals like the rats so that you can be ready to take the necessary risk. You can notice this by the smell of the RV.
10. Is the owner ready for a test drive?
This will help you to notice whether the RV is in operation and also realize some various mechanical damages. In case the owner is not ready for a test drive then no need of buying the RV.What you need to test:
- See how the rig handles different speeds
- How it handles turns
- How the brakings work
- Swerving etc..
- See when you drive it, is it feel big for you, do you need to adjust something or it is OK to drive it.
- if you plan to go to the National parks you should take a few hills and listen to the engine.
11. Lastly, ask for a thorough inspection of the RV.
Ask the owner, if you can have the RV professionally inspected. Here you will be able to realize whether the owner hides you or cheated you on some information. Although this might attract some expenses(usually less than 200 USD), its necessary to avoid some conveniencies between you and the owner of the RV. Thank me later.
If you still can not decide what type RV to buy you can check my article: 20 Reasons to Choose a Class C RV and not Class A.
And from this post, you can learn which travel trailer brands to avoid: 5 Worst Travel Trailers Brands to Avoid.