Like a used car, a used RV can be a great buy. Used RVs have already depreciated in value, most are only lightly used, and you will get a much better price on them than purchasing a new RV. However, a used RV can be a really bad purchase if you don’t know what to look for. In this article, we are going to discuss what to look at when buying a used RV and why hiring a professional to inspect it is in your best interest.
1. Water Damage
The very first thing you need to look for on a used RV is water damage. Water damage is quite common on used RVs because the seams and sealants on RVs flex and move until there is a small crack or opening that water can penetrate. If the previous owner did not have a professional company to inspect and reseal the seams and sealants chances are there is some water damage.
On the interior of the RV, you can detect water damage by signs of staining or discoloration, soft spots around windows, inside the cabinets, and on the floor. Water damage is expensive to repair, especially if it has time to spread. If there is water damage we recommend you move on and look to purchasing a different RV.
2. Systems and Appliances
Making sure your systems and appliances are in working order is the next step in the process of inspecting a used RV. This check includes the water system, the LP gas system, the electrical system, and checking every appliance in the RV. In motorized RVs with an engine, the transmission and rear axle needs to be inspected too. You should thoroughly inspect the underside of the motorhome for and indications of leaks. If you discover any leaks, repairs should be made prior to you purchasing the RV. If you are buying from a private owner, hire a qualified RV repair and inspection company like TNT RV Repair to perform the inspection for you.
The tires are an important part of the RV inspection process. However, you cannot just look at the tires to inspect them, because it is common for older tires to look fine upon initial glance. If the RV you are considering purchasing is seven years old, chances are the tires are seven years old as well. Tires that are six years old, or older, should be inspected by a company like TNT RV Repair because they may need to be replaced.
Purchasing a used motor home is a great way to save some money and still own a great product. However, we recommend you get a professional company involved to make sure you are making a sound purchase. If you are in the Las Vegas and Henderson areas, TNT RV Repair is here to assist you. Upon inspection, we go through each system of the used RV and check for water damage, functionality, and tire inspection to make sure you will be happy with your purchase. We can also fix anything that needs to be repaired or updated. So make us your first point of contact when looking to purchase a used motor home.