Are Older Low Mileage RVs A Good Buy?
by FRANK M DEPAUL
Tips on Buying Older RVs
I have seen c class RVs from 1998 to 2005 with low mileage, some as low as 20,000 miles. Could these be good buys or should I stay away from these oldies just because of age?
ANSWER Hi Frank, the answer to your question is not as simple as a Yes or No. Older Used RVs can be an excellent buy, or they can turn into your worst nightmare after you purchase them.
There are a lot of factors to consider when buying an older RVs. One of the main ones is how well was the RV maintained by its current owner. Just because an RV only has 20,000 miles on it does not mean that it has not had extraordinary wear and tear.
The first thing to remember about buying a used RV, especially from a private seller, is that you are buying it AS-IS. Once you own that RV, the seller is not legally obligated to fix anything. If you drive that RV for 5 minutes and the engine seizes up, you will be responsible for all the costs of the repairs.
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The phrase to remember when buying a Used RV is "BUYER BEWARE"
. Here is a different phrase I would like to throw in "BUYER BE PREPARED"
. You can alleviate much of the risk of buying a used RV by performing a pre-purchase inspection.
You can hire companies that will come out and do a thorough inspection of the RV for you. Once they complete this inspection, you will be provided with a report that will tell
you what problems there are with the RV.
Remember, you are the one that will be paying for this inspection. The money you spend on this inspection will be well worth it and could save you a lot more money in the future if the inspector finds a major problem with the RV you are considering buying.
If you feel comfortable performing the inspection or have a very knowledgeable friend about RVs, you can save money by performing the inspection yourself.
The bottom line is that you should not buy a used RV from a private seller until a used RV Inspection is performed.
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We feel so strongly about these inspections that we have dedicated a whole section of our website to Used RV Inspections. I would suggest that you click on the links below and review the information we have provided.Used RV Inspection, Is It Important?
is for motorized and non-motorized RVs. It covers the guidelines for reviewing important documents about the RV, the inspection of the interior and exterior of the RV.
is for motorized RVs and covers the guidelines for inspection of the engine and the guidelines on what to look for during a road test of the RV.
Hopefully, this will help you better determine if the Used RV you are looking at is a "Great Deal" or "Bad Deal."
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I wish you the best of luck on your RV search and Happy RVing.