What Should I Look for When Buying A Used RV?

Just as with any major purchase there are several things to look for when buying a used RV. It’s important to first consider what model you would like to purchase and how much you wish to spend. Once that’s established you can begin your search. When you find the model that you like within your price range make an appointment to go look at it. Below are several things to look for before deciding to purchase.


A brand new RV is much like any other brand new vehicle. It depreciates once it has left the lot. Unless you are someone that just must have brand new things, a used RV is the best route to go. Because it is used it’s already depreciated, and you will be able to purchase it for the depreciated price. Still you want to make sure you are getting a fair price. There are many sites to check and compare values and prices of used RVs. Be sure to do your research and make sure you are getting your money’s worth.

Check for Mold Damage

Mold is not only a health risk, it’s an indicator of a larger issue. Because RVs typically have bathrooms and sinks mold may be a sign of a leak or other water problems in walls or flooring. Check inside any cabinets or closets for mold as well.

Inspect Floor for any Damage

Flooring should be strong and secure. There should be no dips or soft spots. Examine the floor closely. It’s ok to stomp or step hard to make sure there are no holes, cracks, or dents.

Check Tires

Having a blowout in any vehicle is very dangerous, however with a vehicle as large as an RV it can be a disaster. Inspect tires thoroughly on any potential purchase. Make sure the tread is in good shape and also check the year the tires were purchased. This should be on the sidewall of the tire. RV tires should be replaced every 5 years.

Check History of Vehicle from VIN

Just as with a used car an RV’s history can be found by pulling up a VIN report. This report should show any accidents or damage that occurred to the vehicle prior and may show whether the vehicle was ever stolen or rebuilt. Depending on the vehicle, history on the RV parts and service dates may be available as well.

Test Drive with Owner Ask Questions About Any Noises or Concerns

Probably one of the most important things to do before making an RV purchase is test drive the vehicle. Whether you are buying from a private owner or a used RV lot, have the seller come along with you. Make sure to get on the highway so you are able to accelerate. Listen for any noises or abnormalities. It would be wise to let the seller drive a bit so that you can sit in the passenger’s seat and really listen to the vehicle. Ask a lot of questions especially about the RV parts and service dates. if you hear or feel anything concerning be sure to bring that to the seller’s attention.

Check into Insurance

Insurance for RV coverage varies from state to state. Before deciding to purchase an RV research the insurance laws in your state. It is very important to have sufficient insurance coverage on your RV. This will protect you and your vehicle in case of any accident or damage.