How to Find a Used RV (The Right Way!)

Are you keen to experience the free-wheeling RV lifestyle, but not keen to spend $100,00 to $150,000 on a plush Class C or B motorhome? You don’t have to.

A used RV will give you just as much freedom and fun for a fraction of the cost. Here’s how to choose the perfect used RV for your travel ambitions.

Do Your Research

You can never know too much when it comes to buying a used vehicle. Before your dip into your life’s savings to buy a recreational vehicle on a whim, do some research.

Head for websites and online forums where RV enthusiasts share their experiences to see if this type of holiday suits your style. It’s also a great idea to rent an RV first to see if your family’s onboard with the idea of RV vacations.

Understand Your Needs

If you’re convinced that an RV is the way to go, take some time to consider your present and future needs. Do you want an RV for short stays, or do you intent to embark on extended road trips?

Take your family’s needs into consideration too. Is there enough space for everyone to sleep or hunker down on rainy days? Generally the larger your family, the larger RV you’ll need. However, if you’re starting a family, take your future children into account. Likewise, if your kids will be out of the house soon, a much smaller RV will do.

Search for a Used RV Both Online and Off

An online search is the most convenient way to look at RVs, but visiting a lot gives you a better feel for the size and capacity of the vehicles on show. You could also visit a local RV park and chat with some of the owners about the ins and outs of a particular type of RV.

It’s very important to know your prices too, check out the NADA Guides for RVs to see how much you should pay for the type of RV you’ve taken a fancy to.

Check the Seller’s Credentials

If you don’t know much about how to buy a used RV from a private party, rather stick with a reputable dealer when shopping for an RV. You can look for online reviews to find an RV dealer offering expert service or ask around town about honest RV dealers near you.

Conduct a Thorough Inspection

When you visit the dealer ask them to tell you about the history of the RV. If they don’t know, you can buy a report from to see if the vehicle’s ever been recalled, stolen, or damaged and rebuilt.

Then go through the RV carefully to check for leaks, water damage, and excessive wear and tear. If you’re not sure about anything, ask for more information.

When you’re happy that you’ve found the right one, inquire about finance options, then go ahead and make an offer on your RV.

Ready to Get Started?

If you’re still a little anxious about making the right choice when it comes to getting a great deal on a used RV, we can help.

Check out our online showroom to find the used RV of your dreams, or get in touch and we’ll be happy to show you around our lot.

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