Most RVers will tell you to shop for the floor plan that best suits your needs and is within your budget. We agree! But what most fail to tell you about buying an RV to live in – is to also look at the furnishings.
In this series we are trying to point out things that most people probably wouldn’t think to look at when buying an RV, as well as those things most would. Either way, we hope this series serves to help you in your purchasing decision.
Regardless of whether you are looking at a motorhome, travel trailer or fifth wheel, you need to look for signs that the unit was involved in an accident or was improperly towed or driven. In an earlier post in this series, I mentioned that you need to investigate every corner and crevice of the unit to ensure you’re purchasing something worth buying.
A major piece of optional equipment many want or find in the RV they are considering to purchase is a generator. RV Generators can be powered by gasoline, diesel or LPG and require maintenance to keep them in tip top condition so that they start and run when you need them.
Life in a modern RV depends upon electricity, whether it be shore power or internal power delivered by its batteries. Some trailers have one or two batteries, while motor homes will have several, often two separate RV battery systems. One provides an electrical source for the chassis that is used to start the motor and functions as it would in any conventional vehicle. The other set of batteries power the house and its lighting and appliances.
Many have asked the questions about what do you look for before purchasing an RV? Most start with the basics, such as find a floor plan that suits your needs. Living space is one area, but like a house you need to delve deeper to find out as much about it as you can before plunking down the money or signing a loan contract. Since you are buying something on wheels, you need to treat it both as you would a vehicle and a house. Mechanical inspection should be done by a qualified mechanic, while the “house” and its amenities should be inspected by someone who is much like a qualified home inspector…which isn’t always easy to find someone who can do both.
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