BUYING USED RV
Buying A Used RV For The Lowest Price
"How To Buy The Best RV For The Lowest Price, Without Getting Ripped Off...."
From Ray Oberreuter,
owner Ray's Mobile RV Repair and rv motorhome answers.com
Buy used RV. Used RV's for sale. Motorhomes. Travel Trailers for sale. Fifth wheels. They're everywhere. Buyers and sellers are using the Kelly Blue Book to figure out what different RV's are worth. Yes there are some great used RV's to be had, but there are also some "dogs" out there and as a buyer the time to figure that out is before you buy because once you own it it's too late.
I hope you will not be doing it the way some of the people I have been meeting because they are learning they could have done a much better job.
I'll even go a step further. No one should buy an RV, new or used, without a complete and thorough inspection. If you've been around RV's and Rv'ers you've heard the sob stories about what they've learned and discovered after they bought. Very often they could have kept anywhere form hundreds of dollars to thousands of dollars if they only would have know how to conduct a thorough inspection.
With RV dealer service shop rates approaching and exceeding $100/hr you cannot afford to make unnecessary mistakes when purchasing your RV, new or used, because it will cost you more of your hard earned money, anywhere from hundreds of dollars to thousands of dollars.
As an RV technician I continue to meet people lamenting the additional money they had to put into chassis, engines, appliances, electrical systems, and more, just because they didn't know how to inspect their RV. It doesn’t matter whether you’re buying new or used (buying new is not without risk either) there are certain things you as a consumer should be doing to minimize your risk when purchasing any type of RV, whether it is a motor home, 5th wheel, or travel trailer.
If you are new to RV’ing any experienced RV’er will tell you RV’s require a LOT OF MAINTNEANCE, therefore, a good inspection is imperative before you buy.
It continues to astound me how often people continue to spend tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars not knowing and/or understanding what their buying.
There's the Australian couple who came to tour the United States so they bought a used motorhome to see our beautiful country. Unfortunately in the first 30 days they spent another $2000 to $3000 dollars in bringing the chassis up to snuff.
Not long ago I was doing some work for another customer who bought a used RV in which the refrigerator had a bad cooling coil, a malady which is easy to detect. Yes he could have averted that $600 bill.
People are buying RV's with bad batteries which means they're going to run out of power (not in the driveway but at the campground)and then buy another set of batteries.
Or how about bad or malfunctioning "house" battery charging systems. Do you want to buy a new converter or inverter? I don't think so.
Older RV's can have bad or outdated LP tanks and cylinders and you can't be a happy camper without LP gas.
Many used RV's have faulty and inadequate power systems. Does it have enough outlets and are they functioning?
And don't forget the holding tanks. Malfunctioning valves are almost a given on used RV's and $100/hr labor rates add up quickly.
My experience as an RV TECHNICIAN with a number of RV dealerships has taught me a number of things. First, there are Basic Rulesto follow when purchasing an RV so here’s some FREE ADVICE.
FIRST BASIC RULE IN BUYING AN RV
Never assume anything!
You do not have to know ANYTHING about RV’s, but if something does not look right to you…
Check It Out!
In addition, do not accept the patent answer from many RV salespeople and RV owners wanting to dump their RV on some unsuspecting schmuck, which is…
"Oh that's just the way they are" or "All Rv's are like this."
Wrong! Wrong! Wrong!
If something seems "fishy" follow your instincts because you're probably right.
Do more looking. Compare other RV's
Talk to friends more experienced with RV’s,
Or talk to other dealerships,
SECOND BASIC RULE IN BUYING AN RV
When you find something wrong be sure it is/or will be
taken care (which means you have it in writing) before
you sign ANYTHING, especially a check.
In any buying/selling negotiation the buyer has the POWER and LEVERAGE in the negotiation process.
However, you relinquish your POWER and LEVERAGE as soon as you sign a contract or a check.
This means if you are buying from a dealer, do not sign anything or write a check until the problem is repaired to your satisfaction If you’re buying from an individual you either negotiate with the seller to have the problem repaired or you determine what it will cost you to repair the problem and deduct this amount from the sellers asking price. This is all about saving you your hard earned money.
Now I know what you are thinking! Manufacturers have warranties so you are thinking when I buy new I’m covered. That’s true…to a point.
When buying new you have a full warranty often up to three years but consider this.
How long is it going to take before you get sick and tired of dragging
your RV back to the dealer?
And during the RV season how long are you willing to be WITHOUT your RV?
And while we’re on the subject how many RV’s do you think sit on dealer lots waiting for weeks to months for the right parts to arrive. (The answer to this would astonish you)
I bring this up to you now because sooner or later you will be faced with this issue.
All of us want the same thing. We want to find a“good deal” and we want it to be a “good deal”. The easiest way to minimize your risk is to conduct and thorough inspection.
The best part about this is the more you look and the more you compare with the right tools you'll get better and better at determining WHAT YOU’RE REALLY GETTING IN YOUR PROSPECTIVERV.
This reminds me of a snowbird who took possession of a used motor home from a dealer in which he discovered during the walk thru (this is a buyers last chance to accept or reject the RV) the refrigerator was cooling down to only about 40 degrees. (this is not cold enough).
In spite of knowing this he took possession anyway and moved in. Once he started using the refrigerator (putting food in it and opening and closing the doors) he soon discovered therefrigerator was not cooling sufficiently.
Now he had to return his home (it’s all he had to live in) to the dealer for the refrigerator to be repaired and secure a hotel room at his expense. Fortunately, he was dealing with a dealer who was willing to make things right because normally used RV’s come with NO WARRANTIES.
The lesson here is hotel expenses and the great inconvenience of being forced out of his home could have been avoidedhad he not been in such a hurry to take possession of his "new motor home".
This is why I came up with “An RV Tech’s Checklist for Buying a New or Used RV”
I have 43 separate categories and 178 bullet points for you to follow on every RV (new or used) you are considering purchasing. This checklist will be helpful to both the experienced and inexperienced RV’er as I’ve met RV’ers who should have known better but are still making mistakes, assuming too much, or just overlooking small things which come back to haunt them later.
The following is a small sample of what you will learn by using “An RV Tech’s Checklist for Buying a New or Used RV”:
The major mistake buyers make when “emotion overtakes “ logic” in the buying decision
The first place to inspect inside and outside of an RV to assess it’s quality
Why Road testing a motor home is a “2 man job”
Inexpensive way to look inside a motor home's engine and transmission
What to look for underneath a motor home, travel trailer, and 5th wheel. I've met too many people who never get underneath their RV till there's aproblem. Don't you make that mistake
How to inspect an RV’s roof
How to inspect the exterior of an RV A leaky exterior spells the kiss of death on an RV.
What to look for in every room inside an RV
How to assess condition of RV’s slide system Every Rv with a slide will eventually require maintenance. I'll show you how to assess slide operation and design
How to inspect the operation of every appliance in an RV
What to look for in RV’s power systems (110V and 12V)
A quick way to inspect a RV’s water pressure system
How to assess RV’s holding tanks(This is an area too often ignored!)
And much more
My “RV Techs Checklist for buying a New or Used RV”covers 43 separate issues with a total of 178 individual points to inspect. When you start shopping you simply take the checklist with you and check off each one as you perform your RV inspection.
How much is this going to cost?
“An RV Techs Checklist for Buying a New or Used RV”
IS ONLY $19.95
and you’ll have the ability to save from hundreds to thousands of dollars.
I know it will save you money because these are the very same things I look at every time I inspect an RV.
I know its worth much more! My checklist will give you the ability to perform your inspection almost as if I was there with you. So if a new or used RV is in your future order my e-book.
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