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​Looking for a Used RV? Keep These Tips in Mind Pt 1

​Looking for a Used RV? Keep These Tips in Mind Pt 1

A brand new rig isn't always the best solution for everyone. Nowadays, there is absolutely no shame in admitting that. When you know what you're looking for and the right questions to ask, you can often get a pre-owned RV with just as many bells and whistles as a brand spanking new one. No matter what your individual needs are for an RV, there is likely a used one out there that will fulfill all of them.

The catch? You have to know what those needs are, and how they can be met. That means it's imperative to know what to look for in a pre-owned RV. It can feel a little intimidating to look at a used rig if you don't have the right questions in mind. In this quick two-part blog series, we'll go over some of the things you should know before purchasing a used rig for the road.

Research First

We live in a time where endless resources are at our fingertips. Put those resources to good use when you're looking for a used rig. If you have a specific make and model in mind, or even a specific sale you're looking at, don't be afraid to ask questions in RV forums, or do a quick search to see what others have said about that brand or particular model. Most people aren't afraid to be completely honest on the internet, whether they have a positive or negative experience with something. It's a good way to learn more about the vehicle before you've even gotten a chance to look at it for yourself.

Don't Limit Your Searches

Websites like RVT.com allow you to look at RVs for sale all around the country. You can filter your searches by make, model, mileage, and more. On sites like this, RVs are either sold by owners or through dealerships. Deciding what you're more comfortable with can help to narrow your search.

Don't limit yourself to online shopping. Sometimes, driving through an RV lot or a used car lot can be more reassuring for some people. It gives you a chance to really look at the vehicle(s) you're interested in. Plus, you can talk to someone one-on-one and ask them your questions, tell them what you're looking for, etc.

Check on the History

If you have one, or a few particular rigs in mind, one of the best things you can do is to look at their history. Have they ever been in any accidents? Has it been rebuilt? Has it ever been stolen? You might be surprised to learn the history of some rigs. In order to get a full report, you'll need the VIN number, but these are usually available through dealerships or online. Running a full history report can cost money, so be sure you're really interested in a particular RV before checking up on its past.

Feeling confident yet? Don't worry, we've got a few more tips for you before you take the plunge and purchase a used RV. Check out part two of this blog for more helpful information.

Feb 19th 2018

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