Buying a used RV can save you a large percentage from the expense of buying a new one, while still providing you with a good alternative. Maybe your budget is more in line with a small weekend sized rig, but you really want a roomy and spacious RV, so you can live full-time at least part of the year, on board. Whether on the road, or set up on a lake lot – at an RV resort, you can get more bang for your buck if you consider a used RV trailer. Here are a few things you should look out for while buying a used RV.
Check the mechanics
You must consider road safety when inspecting a used vehicle. Check the condition of the frame. A badly rusted frame indicates that the foundation supporting your getaway structure isn’t sound and may wear off at some time in the future. Cracks, broken welds, and impact damage — all are sufficient reasons that to compel you to keep looking for other used RV’s. Other than this you need to check the condition of the tires, wheels, axles, wheel bearings and brake system. You may need to replace a few things before taking it out on the road. Thus, look for RV’s that don’t need any repairs or replacement.
Inspect the structure
An inspection check inside the trailer will help you identify structural problems. You may want to look out for the following things inside the RV:
Are there leak stains on the ceilings?
Are there any soft spots on the floor?
Is the entry door working smoothly?
When it comes to the exteriors, you should look for:
Separation or peeling of the fiberglass sidewalls.
With aluminum siding, are there any loose panels, or physical damage?
Damaged windows can be costly. Do they open properly? Is their mechanism in good operating condition?
Interior appliances and accessories
When it comes to interior accessories, the fridge is the most expensive thing to replace, which is why you should make sure it is in working condition. The remaining appliances and fixtures will cost you hundreds of dollars to replace or repair. But it is still better to know that they are working. How picky you want to be depends on the RV’s overall condition and how much of a good deal it is for you. When checking the insides of the RV, here are some questions you should have answers for:
Is the interior outdated?
Are the windows and curtains in good working order?
How are the floors?
Make sure you are satisfied with the overall condition of the RV because at the end of the day, you and your family will be making use of it. And their safety is your top priority.
When making a decision like this becomes too difficult to decide, and you want professional advice, consult with our team of experts at Heavy Duty Direct.