FTC Disclosure: I get commissions for purchases made through some of the links in this article for more information, visit our Advertising Disclosure Page.

LEARN HOW TO RUN 2 RV A/Cs ON A 30 AMP CONNECTION

Subscribe to the free Everything About RVing Gazette Newsletter


Wishing For a New RV But Can’t Afford it?
Buy a Used One & Fix it Up

"Searching for a new RV does not have to mean buying new"

Good Sam members enjoy instant discounts on fuel. Join Today!

Wishing For a New RV But Can’t Afford it? Buy a Used One & Fix it Up

By Carol Ann Quibell 

Then why not buy a good used RV and refurbish it to suit yourself?

Searching for a new RV does not have to mean buying new ~ it could mean buying something that is “used” but new to you. Tramping through RV Dealership lots admiring the newest and fanciest models can make you drool in envy but if you can’t afford it, there is no reason to be discouraged. Many of us are in the same position and by using common sense and a bit of elbow grease there is no reason why we wouldn’t be happy with a used RV in good condition.

Good Sam Travel Assist

Don't Miss New Year Savings! Good Sam Travel Assist Plans Starting at $59.95! Learn More!

Sometimes when looking at second-hand RVs it can be upsetting because of the condition some of them are in. The shininess is gone, the upholstery is frayed, the floor is worn and the window coverings shout “old”.  These are all cosmetic and can easily be fixed.

You could be saving money. By purchasing a used RV at a lower price and fixing it up yourself you are probably saving a great deal of money. The secret is to first find a good solid RV that has been taken care of but just needs some TLC. Imagine the feeling of satisfaction knowing you were the one to make this used RV into something shiny and new again.

What to look for mechanically in a used motorized RV


  • First and foremost have it checked over by a reputable mechanic who is familiar with RVs. If the current owner won’t allow it, then walk away.  There’s always another one down the road.
  • Ask to see the service records and follow-up with the person or business that did the work. These records are a good indication of how well the unit has been cared for.
  • When was the last tune-up and oil change done?
  • The running gear needs to be solid – this means the motor, transmission and rear end need to be in good running order. No leaks or know what is causing it.
  • The odometer reading – it’s better to have a unit with a low miles reading but remember it may not be accurate.

Good Sam Roadside Assistance
Sign and Drive Coverage with Good Sam Roadside Assistance! Plans Starting at $49.95! Shop Now!
  • Have the exhaust system and brakes checked and a compression test done.
  • Ensure the structure of the RV is solid with no water damage.
  • Check over the appliances or have them checked by a certified RV Tech ~ looking for leaks in the water lines, gas lines and frayed electrical wires.
  • Is the furnace, refrigerator, stove, hot water tank and any other appliances or fixtures working satisfactorily?
  • By purchasing from a dealer the gas lines have to be certified but when buying privately you are purchasing “as is”.
  • Upholstery covers, cushions, window coverings and flooring can all be changed so don’t be overly critical of cosmetic issues.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions

Good Sam Club
Good Sam members enjoy instant discounts on fuel. Join Today!

Obviously a used RV is not going to be perfect but by doing a bit of homework and due diligence you will know what it will cost to bring it up to a suitable and safe standard.  It will be almost impossible to purchase a second-hand RV without spending some money to make it better. Budget for it and be prepared so you won’t be hit with any nasty surprises. By renewing a good used RV will add many years of use to it for your own enjoyment.

Happy travels,

Carol Ann

About The Author

Carol Ann Quibell is an RVer, freelance writer and columnist who shares information on the RV Lifestyle, events, destinations and RV travel. 

Her Blog:  http://roamingrv.com .

For more information on SOLO travel visit http://roamingrv.com/how-do-solo-rvers-meet-people/.

You might like these


Get Your Article Published on Everything About RVing

If you have written an article about RVing, Camping or the Great Outdoors and you would like us to publish it on Everything-About-RVing.com, please visit our Submit An Article Page.

Good Sam members enjoy instant discounts on fuel. Join Today!

LEARN HOW TO RUN 2 RV A/Cs ON A 30 AMP CONNECTION

Way Interglobal
Shop Best Prices on RV Fridges, Kitchen Appliances, Griddles, Stoves, Gas Ranges, Fireplaces at Way Interglobal Today!

Get Your Article Published on Everything About RVing

If you have written an article about RVing, Camping or the Great Outdoors and you would like us to publish it on Everything-About-RVing.com, please visit our Submit An Article Page.

Comments

Do you have a comment on this topic? You can leave your comment in the box below.

Recent Articles

  1. 5 Ideal RVing Dog Breeds

    Are you looking for the perfect canine addition to your RVing family? Here are 5 ideal RVing dog breeds

    Read More

  2. Where Can We Get New Decals For Our RV?

    We purchased a Dutchmen Denali in 9-07. It had been on the dealer's lot since late 2006, in Las Vegas. Three months ago, we noticed on the front of the

    Read More

  3. New to the RV World? Invest in These Important RV Accessories

    Are you new to the RV World? You need to get these important RV Accessories

    Read More

  4. Otter Lake Camp Resort

    Editor's Note This story was submitted on our What Is Your Favorite RVing Or Camping Destination Page Otter Lake is a fun, relaxing family getaway. The

    Read More

  5. Eliminating RV Sewage Smell

    This story was submitted on our RVing Tips And Tricks Page I'm a professional motorcoach driver. (Tour bus) We do use the blue enzyme packets that are

    Read More

Fill out the form below to receive The Free
Everything About RVing Gazette
Newsletter

LEARN HOW TO RUN 2 RV A/Cs ON A 30 AMP CONNECTION

Return to the RV Lifestyle Articles page from the Wishing For a New RV But Can’t Afford it? page