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What to look for when buying a used RV

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Used RVs can be treated well and kept in excellent condition, but make sure you tour it before you purchase a used rig.
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The leaves are falling, the rain has started, and the days are getting shorter; that means it’s hunting season! Most hunters grab a tent and sleeping bag and hit the trail. They assume a bad back, cold sleepless nights, and the possibility of a bear intruder, are just part of the hunting experience, but they don’t have to be. An RV may seem like a big investment, or a serious departure from “traditional” hunting, but the amenities speak for themselves. Instead of sleeping on a thin pad with a cold sleeping bag, you could be sleeping on a queen sized bed with a heater. With a locking door and solid walls, you are protected from any brave bears that decide to raid your campsite. Most of all you will wake up rested and in far better shape to catch that elusive buck that always seems to be one hill away. An RV can seriously upgrade the hunting experience, and with so many used RVs on the market, purchasing one can be very affordable. If you are planning to pick up a used RV this hunting season, there are a few things that you should look for to ensure you’ve made a wise investment:

Check the Tires and Brakes

  • Make sure to inspect the tires, bearing and brakes before you head to eastern washington, and make sure you have a good spare tire.

Check the Lights and Electrical

  • Ensure your lights are working properly. External lighting can be pretty tricky, make sure that they’re working properly and that your tow vehicle is wired properly. At Vancouver RV we train all our customers on how to hitch up their RV properly. Also make sure all the inside lights and appliances work. Replacing a fridge can be quite expensive, so make sure it cools and doesn’t have any odd smells before purchasing the trailer.

Check for Body Damage

  • You should walk away if it’s obvious there is a lot of body damage. How it looks on the outside can tell you a lot about how the previous owner cared for it. If it’s obvious the coach hasn’t been maintained there are sure to be issues that are less detectable.
  • A Fiberglass exterior coach could delaminate. Most people don’t know what to look for, such as bubbles or ripples, or possible sidewall leaks, and dry rot can be notoriously hard to spot. At Vancouver RV we notice things that the average person would never notice, because of over 40 years of experience looking.

Ensure the Chasie is Intact

  • We see almost no issues with frames, but it’s always possible, so be sure to take a look at the underside. If the rig has ever been parked in the woods, rodents can get into holes in the bottom. Check for an intact chasie, looking for cracks in the frame, potential bends, and any holes that critters may have made.

How much should you pay?

  • Used RVs have a wide variety of prices, an older vehicle with all the facilities intact could run $2k and you can get a very nice used trailer for around $20k. Depending on your needs, there are a lot of used towable RV’s out there in a wide range of prices. If you’re interested in pricing some out before you check Craigslist, come down to Vancouver RV. We have a wide selection of used towable RVs and will help walk you through our process of ensuring quality before selling the product to a new customer.


If you feel this level of inspection is outside of your expertise, you can bring the rig into our shop to be inspected by our professional staff. We know all the things to look for before buying and see many customers that are in the process of buying or selling their RV and use us as the inspector so both parties are comfortable with the sale price. Let’s make this hunting season one to remember, and not because of how miserable you were.

Please bring Tom your questions! This article is part of an on-going series, so tune in next month for more tips and tricks for caring for your RV. Tom can be reached at:

Phone: 360-816-1341
Website: vancouverrv.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vancouverrvcenter/
Email: tlewis@vancouvertoyota.com

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