What You Need to Know When Buying a Used RV

A camper can be a great investment that allows you to the freedom to travel and explore the open road.

 

New campers can be expensive, but because the price of a camper tends to go down quickly once they are no longer new, there are plenty of used inexpensive campers for sale. If you take your time in researching and looking for the right camper for you, you should be able to find a great deal on a used camper van that suits your needs. Here are some tips for buying a used RV that can help you get started.

Researching Campers

Before hunting for used campers for sale, take some time to think about what your ideal RV would be. Set a budget for your search. Consider any creature comforts that will be important to you when you are travelling or camping. Keep in mind what your expectations are for camping, and be sure that you are investing in a camper that is a suitable size and has the features that you want, to ensure that you will enjoy staying in it. Think about whether you are willing to invest time and money in renovating a camper if you find one that is outdated, but in good physical condition. Finally, research what the average prices are for used RVs in your area to get a sense of what a fair price will be for a used camper.

Searching for the Ideal Camper

If you’re wondering where to buy a used camper, you may need to look no further than online. Classifieds sites such as Kijiji are often the first place sellers think to post used campers, so you should be able to find plenty of options. Use the filters to quickly search according to your criteria, such as the type of camper or location. Price filters can help you stay on budget and let you get a feel for the options available for used campers. Take your time to look through the ads, and keep your research organized as you go. Follow up with promising ads as soon as you can, as good deals can disappear quickly.

Inspecting Potential RVs

Once you have a list of potential campers, the next step is to arrange a meeting to examine the RVs. The first thing to check is the mechanical condition. Inspect the engine to be sure that it runs properly. Look for signs of wear and tear, such as cracked or worn belts, damage to parts, or strange noise while it is running. If you are not familiar with engine mechanics, you may want to have it checked by a mechanic to be sure there are no hidden issues. Inspect the undercarriage of the camper for rust or physical damage. Have the brakes checked, as they are especially important when driving a heavier vehicle such as a camper. Ask how old the tires are because if they are over five years old, they will likely need to be replaced soon. Also, check on the age and condition of the battery. Inspect the roof of the camper for any signs of water damage that would indicate a leak. Check that the windows and doors open and close smoothly and have no signs of damage. Inspect the exterior for any siding that is loose or raised, or shows signs of damage. If the camper comes with any major features like a refrigerator or air conditioning, test it to be sure that it works.

If you’re ready to start looking for a used camper, these tips should help you get off to a great start. With warm weather right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to search for an RV! Happy hunting!

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