There are different reasons why people are interested in buying used RVs rather than buying them new, or buying them from a dealership.
First of all, when you buy a used RV, you expect to save a little bit of money. Typically you can also get a better deal buying used RVs for sale by owner than you can by buying them from a dealership.
The reason why so many people like to buy used RVs, is because if you buy an RV that is three or four years old, you can typically save for half as much as you would expect to pay for a new one. Most motorhomes and RVs last for at least 15 years.
This means that you are getting 11 years of use out of your RV for the price of four. This definitely means that you are getting a good investment. You just need to make sure that when you buy it used, you are buying something that is in fairly good condition, and that has been well maintained and taken care of.
Your Guide to Inspecting RVs for Sale by Owner
When you are taking the time to buy a used motorhome or RV, you should also take the time to thoroughly inspect the RV before you buy it.
This is especially true when you are buying RVs for sale by owner. You want to make sure to inspect the roof and body for signs of leaks. If there are leaks around the window, in the bathroom, or in the roof, how difficult are these to fix?
Can you do them yourself or will you have to hire a professional? You also want to make sure that all your appliances are properly working.
You want to make sure that the engine is in good condition, and that the RV does not have too many miles on it. While you are checking the engine, make sure that you check all of its features.
Make sure that the power steering, transmission, engine oil, and pretty much everything are all in fairly reasonable condition. If they are discolored, or low, you can know that they may be leaking, or may have not been properly maintained previously.
Also, you want to ask for maintenance records of what work has been done, to see if the recommended maintenance or the RV is well up-to-date.