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Buying A Used RV 101: What To Know Before You Buy

Last updated 7 years ago

Buying a used RV saves you money. But when you buy used, it’s important to take the following steps to make sure you get the best deal on exactly the RV you want.

Check for Rust

Although some rust is superficial, rust on the body of your RV can be a bad sign. If you find rust on the RV you’re interested in, consult an auto body expert to determine the severity. Some rust can be cheaply and easily repaired, but in some cases a rusted RV body loses structural integrity. Bubbles beneath the paint can indicate that rust is present but was painted over.

Look at the Papers

An RV’s records will contain essential information such as the vehicle’s number of previous owners, its service record and how well it has been maintained. Check the VIN number to make sure the papers match the vehicle.

Examine the Tires and Brakes

Tires and brakes are absolutely crucial to any vehicle, but for large vehicles like RVs, inspecting them is even more important. Have the brakes examined and check the tread on the tires. Both of these parts of the RV can be expensive to replace, so make sure the ones you buy are in good condition.

Make Sure the RV Matches Your Needs

The RV you buy should match your needs—whether you intend to take your RV on short camping trips or long-distance adventures. Make sure it has adequate cabin space, carrying capacity and all the desired amenities. The most important thing about buying a used RV is getting exactly what you want, so be sure you know what you want before you start looking.

If you have more questions about buying a used RV or if you’re looking to buy a used motorhome, visit us at Johnnie Walker RV. Our technicians and salespeople will help you find what you’re looking for, in great condition that you can afford. Every vehicle at Johnnie Walker RV has been examined and tested; you can be sure you’re buying an RV you can trust.


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