How to Buy Used Campers, RVs, or Motorhomes

As anyone who has ever gone through the process knows, buying used campers, used motorhomes or used recreational vehicles in general can be a tricky process.

There are many hurdles to jump over if you don't want to be stuck with a lemon.  I discovered this when I was searching for a used RV myself, and later for a friend.

To help other friends, (and any other fellow RVer as well), I set out to create what is, I believe, the most comprehensive, freely download-able, checklist for anyone wanting to BUY USED CAMPERS, MOTORHOMES OR OTHER RECREATIONAL VEHICLES currently online. (This checklist is best used in conjunction with "HOW TO BUY A USED RV", the leading used-RV purchase guide).

Oftentimes, you see or hear of a used motor home for sale that really interest you. Or a used 5fth wheel. Or a used camper. You know the feeling . . . you'd like nothing more than to buy the used camper that looks so good, but you know nothing about estimating used RV values, or the actual buying process.

The buying process basically boils down to one simple question: How do you buy a used recreational vehicle without ending up with a lemon?

Buying a used camper can be a major money saver. Used RV prices depreciate swiftly when the vehicle is new, and then flatten out. It is not unusual to buy a used RV and sell it a year later at the same price.

This is only true of course, for vehicles that are in well-kept condition, so it is imperative for you to check the vehicle you intend buying with a fine-tooth comb. Use this great used RV buying guide together with my buying a used rv checklist to make sure you get it right the first time.

I find the entire used-rv buying processed can be can be boiled down to the following steps:

Steps for Buying a Used a Camper or RV

  • What is the general mechanical condition of the vehicle?
  • What is the state of the engine - mileage and dependability?
  • What is the age of  the RV - could there be a problem with spare parts?
  • Leakage can be a problem on used RVs. Check the seams between the main part of the roof and the front and rear caps for leaks
  • What is the state of the generator, water system and the A/C & furnace units?
  • What is the general condition of the appliances
  • Will your family be comfortable with the size of the RV/MH?
  • Is the vehicle you're contemplating in your price range?

If you ask and find answers to the questions about and things check out positively you likely have found a good vehicle.

Take these extra precautions before you buy a used RV, Trailer or Motorhome at Auction:

  • Always check the vehicle in person
  • Browse the used RV/MH offerings and narrow down the list as much as possible. Read all the information supplied by the seller.
  • Verify the seller status and history. Try to stay with the ones with good positive feedback. Then use the VIN number to get the Vehicle History Report.
  • Bid for the truck only if you can make the payments! Usually you must immediately pay $500-2000 and the rest within 7 days. Look for specifics in the given information.

Ready to Shop? What's your Choice?

The used motorhome, used camper, or used RV of your dreams could be waiting for you on ebay auction right now.

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