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Tips for a Successful Used RV Purchase

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RVing has never been more popular, with the surge of people hitting the road in a motorhome since the pandemic. The RV Industry Association (RVIA) estimates that 11.2 million households in the U.S. own an RV, with first-time buyers trending at a younger age than in previous years of tracking.

With a younger generation of travelers entering the market, purchasing a new RV may be out of range, so it might make more sense (or cents!) to purchase used. Follow along for tips for a successful used RV purchase.

Do Your Research First

It goes without saying that you need to do your research before you set out to buy a used RV. First, you must figure out what size and type of RV, camper, or motorhome you wish to purchase. Consider your travel needs, the frequency that you plan on using your RV, and for how long. And lastly, figure out your budget. Then, begin your search either online or at your local used RV dealerships.

Once you’ve identified options, find out the makes and models, what the market price is (you can look this up on RV Trader, for instance), and mileage. From here, you can narrow down your search. Get comfortable with what the seller is asking for versus what the used vehicle lists for. If there are any discrepancies, know where your negotiating wiggle room may lie. Check out our tips on how to negotiate a used RV purchase before heading to the negotiating table.

Have it inspected

Not only is it imperative that you visit the RV you intend to buy and do a thorough inspection of its interior, exterior, roof, hitch, trailer, and any other accoutrements, it is important to have it professionally inspected. The National RV Inspectors Association has a locate page to find an RV inspector in your area.

Take it for a Ride

Once you’ve toured the RV and had it inspected, next it’s time to take it for a ride. Ask the seller if they would be willing to let you test drive the vehicle. This should not be an unreasonable request. If it is, maybe reconsider the deal.

If you are attaching another vehicle, try hooking it up and see how the transition goes before your test ride. While driving, be sure to check the tire alignment and how the breaks respond, just as you would a new car. If everything checks out, then you are one step closer to being confident in a successful used RV purchase.

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