While a shiny new Class B RV may sound fantastic at first, many potential RV owners realize that depreciation will affect your purchase rather quickly. This is why Class B RVs are a great alternative. Buying a pre-owned or used RV can literally save you thousands of dollars versus buying new. Of course, you’ll want to make sure that you do your homework and thoroughly inspect the motorhome before making a purchase.
Class B RV Considerations
While this is not intended to be a comprehensive list, it’s a good place to start when shopping for used or pre-owned Class B RVs.
- Has the Class B RV been parked or stored for an extended period of time? If so, it might seem to be an advantage at first since you’ll see a lower odometer reading. However, if an RV is left unused for an extended period of time, mechanical issues can be a concern because the internal components haven’t been operating on a regular basis. On the plus side, there will be less wear and tear on such things as engine, brakes, and transmission. Be sure to consider both parts of the equation.
- Where has the RV been stored or parked? Has it been covered or protected? If the RV has been covered in snow or subject to other harsh weather conditions, the exterior may show signs of this. Alternatively, a well-kept Class B RV has most likely been covered and stored on a paved lot. To give you a few examples; check for a faded exterior, sun bleached upholstery, stiff frame, or any signs of rust.
- Have you checked the RV frame? The frame should be black. While minor rust discoloration is fairly common, a thick coating of rust or oxidation can be a sign of improper storage.
- Check for signs of fluid leakage, particularly between the engine and transmission.
- Be sure to test-drive the RV, pay special attention to the brakes and engine. Make sure that the breaks are quiet and responsive. Also, consider the fact that the vehicle will be more difficult to stop when loaded.
- Inspect propane tanks, hoses, and regulators. Ask if there are certificates of safety on file for the propane system.
- Check the floors, particularly around the sink and in the bathroom, to make sure there aren’t any soft or spongy areas. Damp conditions can lead to the rotting of wood or rusting of metal and may indicate a faulty plumbing system.
- Assess the ceiling for signs of mold or water damage. Pay close attention to areas around vents, skylights and windows.
Now that you know about some of the things to look for when considering a pre-owned or used RV, call Easy Escapes RV at 239-302-3789 to find out more about the Class B RVs we have for sale. Alternatively, if you are interested in selling your current RV, call us if we can help you get the best price on consignment.