Patience is a virtue when it comes to buy a recreational vehicle. You will need to conduct research, shop around different dealerships, and take your time with negotiations in order to avoid being tricked into any hasty decisions. Consider buying used as the price will be cheaper and the camper itself will be well acclimated to long journeys. You can find many used vehicles online on auction or classified websites.
As you begin your investigation, visit many different dealerships and private sellers and request that each give you a written proposal for you to consider. You will want to compare features, value, and cost of each and every camper you come across, and have a written copy of this information will give the opportunity to study it at home without any outside influence.
With these proposals in hand, draw up a budget plan. Determine what you can afford and what you are willing to spend. Decide which amenities you require versus the ones you’d like. These additions can rack up a price very quickly, so to avoid spending money superfluously don’t add things you really don’t need. When you have your budget realized, you can start negotiating. Never settle for the asking price at it is purposely inflated. With a little research, you can offer a reasonable price that will please both parties. Look into the value of different campers in the NADA RV Guide in order to come up with an accurate price range for your offer.
When you are looking to purchase, be sure to carefully inspect each RV you are considering. This involves a walk-through and a possible test drive. Inspect both the exterior and the interior. Outside, make sure all doors and windows are sealed and latch properly. Climb the stepladder to assess the roof, noting any damages, cracks, or possible leaks. Don’t walk on the roof as it may not support human body weight, so do this inspection visually. One of the key things you want to inspect outside is the septic tank and its holding facility. Be sure all of those things are in working order lest you have an unfortunate experience.
The interior inspection will involve a little more work on your part. You will need to check every light switch, every appliance, and every water faucet. Pay close attention to the water tank and the plumbing system. Double-check the AC/Heat, and make sure that the camper runs properly in all modes – battery, household current, gasoline, etc.