Choosing the Right Used RV - Part I
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How do I choose the right used RV?
When you go to your RV dealer or find someone with a used RV for sale, have an inspection checklist. There are many components that make an RV functional and you'll want to make sure they all work.
- Inspect the appliances and mechanical equipment of the RV.
- Check out the refrigerator, stove, microwave, water pump, awning, heater, air conditioner, and slide out.
- Look inside closets and cabinets. Are they clean?
- Is there evidence of water damage (warping, bubbling, mold, mildew) or creeping critters?
- If there is rodent or insect trouble, you could be looking at damaged fabric, wires, and wood.
- Look at the floors and ceiling for water damage, mold and mildew. Any type of discoloration hints to water damage.
- How does the unit smell?
- If the unit is a pop-up or hybrid model, inspect the tent ends for damage to the canvas.
- Inspect the outside for rust, dents, and frame damage.
- Don't forget to look inside storage areas.
Don't rule out a unit if one of these items isn't functioning. Your used RV dealer may want to offer a replacement to keep you in the market. After you've given the unit the complete once-over and the unit is in decent shape, it should mirror Kelley Blue Book
value for used RV prices. Buying a used RV can be tricky, but with this checklist you'll be sure to find a winner!