A used RV tends to be more affordable compared to a new one. But even though it comes as a great alternative as far as the prices go, you still want to make sure that you are getting yourself a trailer that you can rely on for functionality. There is absolutely no point in saving money on a vehicle that will only give you headaches in the future. A few factors can help you determine whether the motorhome you are choosing is a great investment for you or not.
Mechanical aspects to check
Road safety should be your priority when buying a used RV making it very important to start by inspecting the mechanical aspect of it. You might even find it necessary to crawl under it to check the frame condition. Look out for broken welds, impact damages and cracks. A rusted frame can be an indication of poor support for your getaway structure so be very cautious.
Axles, wheels and tires are also important to check regardless of the assurance that you get from the seller. You might find it important to consider a replacement because it is enough for UV rays to create a tire failure and rot.
Inspect the wheel bearing and have it repacked if necessary. The electric brake system should also not be left out in the inspection. The best way you can go about a mechanical evaluation of the used RV you are about to buy is to have a trusted and experienced mechanic inspect it on your behalf. He will know what to check and give you findings to guide you in the purchase.
Structural Aspects to Check
When you take a look inside the trailer, pay close attention to the most crucial areas such as the ceiling. Leak stains on the ceiling should give you cause to worry and so are soft spots on the floor and problematic entry doors.
When inspecting the exterior part of the used RV, look out for any peeling or separation of the fiberglass sidewalls, physical damage or loose panels on the aluminum siding and windows that are damaged or are difficult to open and close.
Interior Appliances and Accessories to Check
They are what determine what you can actually do and enjoy on the go in your travel trailer. The refrigerator should be in good working condition. If not, determine whether repairs are worth or you are better off replacing it completely. Check whether the temperature regulation is functional to keep disappointments at bay. The Water heating system, the oven, drawers and even chairs are some of the other things that you should consider checking out to verify their true condition. Check the condition of the wallpaper, the curtains and any other feature that matters to you and determine how much you like what you see.
When buying a used RV, the least you can do is ensure that you like what you are getting or at least that you are getting the true value of what the RV is worth.