Motorhomes are perfect for seeing the country and traveling the wide-open roads. New recreational vehicles are a great way to start your journey, but often they can be a bit expensive. What do you need to know before you purchase a used RV?
Like any used vehicle, be sure to conduct a history report using the RV’s VIN number. This will provide you with the miles it has traveled, if it’s been in any accidents and the number of previous owners.
But there’s more to buying a used RV. Here are some tips:
- Intended use – If you plan to drive the motorhome across the country year after year, you will want to check the gas mileage and look for a used RV that performs a bit better.
- Ask how recently the RV was used – If it’s been sitting for a couple of years in the backyard, there is a chance you’ll need to do some maintenance on the engine as well as areas inside the living quarters if animals got into the interior.
- Look at the roof – like a home, the RV’s roof is designed to keep out the elements. This is one non-mechanical feature of the RV that needs frequent inspection and care to keep the seams sealed against rain and snow. And, like a home, a leaky RV roof can lead to internal damages resulting in costly repairs.