What To Look For When Buying a Second-Hand RV

Heading out on the open road in your RV is one of the most classic Canadian vacations out there. With so much to explore, you can enjoy a unique experience each time you hit the road. If you’ve decided this is the lifestyle you want and the kind of vacation experiences you would enjoy, then you may be looking into purchasing your RV. For many buyers, it makes sense to purchase a second-hand RV, as it can offer huge cost savings yet you can still find all the must-have features you’re after and besides, shopping second hand is generally more sustainable than buying new.


To help you wade through the options, here’s a look at some of the things you’ll want to look for when buying a second-hand RV.

Make Sure You See the RV In-Person

The first tip is to make sure that you view the RV in person rather than just relying on photos. Anyone can fake photos and you don't want to end up with a lemon. Not only should you see it in person, but you will also want to do a walk-through and potentially a test drive.

Conduct a Thorough Inspection

When you do get to view the RV in person, take your time walking around the perimeter looking at every single detail and taking the same approach inside the RV. You should be looking for signs of damage, wear and tear, decay, mould, and any other potential issue. Some issues may be cosmetic but it's still better to know about them before you make the purchase.
Experts stress that mould is the biggest red flag of all, however, so if you do see signs of it be aware that it usually means there is a bigger issue going on.

Do You Need a WiFi Booster?

Another thing to consider is whether or not the RV comes with a WiFi booster. If not, this is a very easy thing to purchase yourself. While many RV parks now offer WiFi, the signal isn't always strong throughout the park and that may leave your access cutting in and out. WiFi may be necessary for those working on the road or for those who like to access entertainment like popular mobile casinos and gaming apps, movie streaming and music streaming. A WiFi booster will give you peace of mind and eliminate weak signal issues.

Go Through a Reputable Dealer

Rather than purchasing from a private seller, it can be smarter to buy through a reputable dealer. You want someone who will stand behind the RV in terms of quality. Ideally, it should be a dealer that has been in business a while so that you can read reviews and check online ratings.

Making Sure You Get a Fabulous Deal

All of these tips will help you to purchase the right second-hand RV for your budget, style and your needs. The last thing you want is to end up with a lemon, so taking a slow and cautious approach is always a good idea.

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