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"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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