More than 11 million households in the U.S. own an RV. There has been a large increase in ownership over the last ten years and ownership continues to trend upwards.

If you’re thinking about joining the millions of Americans in RV ownership, a used RV might be the right choice for you. A used RV can save you money, but if you’re not careful during the buying process it can end up costing you. Keep reading to learn about the five things to look for when buying a used RV.

1. Never Buy Sight Unseen

Looking for an RV

If you don’t have time to see the RV before you buy it or the seller is pushing to do the transaction before you do a walk-through, it’s best to walk away. Even if it seems like a good deal, without taking a thorough look, you’ll never know if you’re buying a good RV or a lemon. Be wary of any sellers who don’t want you to see the vehicle.

2. Check for Signs of Mold

Mold is often a sign of leaks or other water problems. Since mold can require major repairs in an RV it’s important to thoroughly look for signs of mold when buying an RV.

Spend time looking at the corners of ceilings and floors and up and down the walls. Corners in the bathroom and inside cabinets or closets are prime areas for mold. Be sure to thoroughly check those areas for any signs of mold.

3. Do a Thorough Roof Inspection

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A roof inspection is very important because the roof of an RV is especially vulnerable to water problems. Start by looking at the caulk to ensure everything is sealed tightly. Look around the skylights and vents as well as around the perimeter of the RV for any signs of leaks or mold.

During the roof inspection, walk around the roof and see how it feels beneath your feet. It should feel sturdy, but if there’s too much give it probably means it’s rotted.

4. Check the Air Conditioning System

A/C repairs can be expensive for an RV owner. Many RVs have sealed A/C systems, which means a loss of charge requires an entire replacement.

When buying an RV, you want to make sure you won’t be immediately hit with a huge bill to replace the A/C unit. Check the filters to make sure they’re clean and inspect the condition of the A/C unit. Make sure there are no unusual noises while it’s running and confirm that it’s cooling the RV.

5. Find a Reputable Seller

Find a Reputable Seller

Buying a used RV from a reputable seller can save you from a huge headache down the road. This is especially important if you’re a first-time RV buyer who isn’t quite sure what to look out for.

There are many resources available to help guide you through the process of buying a used RV. One option is browsing used motorhomes on manufacturer websites, like Fleetwood motorhomes. You can also check out a dealership or other online resources like RV Trader or Classy RV.

Use These Tips When Buying a Used RV

Now that you know what to look out for, are you ready to start looking for an RV? By using these tips when buying a used RV, you’ll be well on your way to hitting the road!

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