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Old 01-16-2008, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Oz
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Here's the deal...I'm looking at road-tripping for about 3 months this summer. I want to pick up an older used RV for a few thousand dollars, use it for the summer, and then resell it when my road-trip is done.

Other than typical mechanical things like any vehicle, what additional things should I look at when considering one for purchase? For example, how can I tell if the self-contained facilities function correctly, etc?
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Old 01-16-2008, 11:41 AM
 
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One suggestion - perhaps a bit off-topic is to rent an RV instead of buying one. I'm thinking you might get the use of a better RV this way than you would otherwise. Just a thought - I had a friend of mine who did this and he had a great experience.
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Old 01-16-2008, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Oz
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One suggestion - perhaps a bit off-topic is to rent an RV instead of buying one. I'm thinking you might get the use of a better RV this way than you would otherwise. Just a thought - I had a friend of mine who did this and he had a great experience.
I'd thought of that, but I have two dogs that will be going with me. I don't care about fancy, I just want something where I can sleep and cook that will keep the rain off my head
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Old 01-16-2008, 01:20 PM
 
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Aside from all the standard stuff, like checking battery, belts and fluids...I would flush the radiator along with replacing the radiator and heater hoses.

It would not be a bad idea to pull the wheels and check the calipers and wheel cylinders for leaks and both sides of the tires for cracks.

Storing a vehicle for long periods takes a greater toll on the brake and cooling system than using it every couple of weeks.

Be sure and service the generator (120v) if so equipped... most seldom have had the oil and filter changed.

Buy one of the additives from the RV store to disinfect the fresh water holding tank if you plan to use it... no telling what's been growing in there.

Have a great trip and report back often!
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Old 01-16-2008, 10:32 PM
 
Location: Way on the outskirts of LA LA land.
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Check the overall condition of the body of the vehicle. Many older units used wood framing (at least truck campers did), so if you can verify the integrity of the walls and roof, it would be a good idea. Also check the condition of the roof skin. Repairing an old roof can be very expensive relative to the cost of the motorhome. A gal at work said hers (with a one piece vinyl roof skin) was going to cost $6000 to replace. Just some food for thought.
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Old 01-17-2008, 01:35 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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What should I watch for in a used RV?
Mattress stains.
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Old 01-17-2008, 08:21 AM
 
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Mattress stains.
Lawl X 239340!
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Old 02-28-2008, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Sebring,FL
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The biggest concern when buying any used RV is water damage, have the interior inspected by a pro before purchasing, a water leak can spoil a great deal!
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Old 02-28-2008, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Here
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I watch your money go down the drain.
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Old 02-28-2008, 10:32 AM
 
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I watch your money go down the drain.
LOL!! Point taken. I'll try to be careful
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