When buying a used RV, you should fully inspect every component on the vehicle, paying special attention to the interior components. To give you a good idea of what to look for when completing an inside inspection prior to buying a used RV, David Solberg checks over every part of the RV where damage could occur, going from front to back and high to low.
Starting with the front and side cabinet areas, it’s recommended when buying a used RV that you look for any discoloration in fabric, rusting on metal joints, wet areas and molding. A lot of the time, if there are cracks on the roof, the corners of these cabinets are the first place you’ll find any resulting damage.
Moving toward the back, glance over the fabric on all furniture that could be ripped, dirtied, splitting or food or sun stained. The same goes for carpeting and ceiling liners. If you’re buying a used RV, you don’t want sagging in the material or soft spots in the roof around vents and air conditioning units, nor uneven footing in the floors, particularly around large units such as refrigerators and ovens.
If you’re looking into buying a used RV with a sliding side room, it’s essential that you fully inspect the seals, floors, joints and exterior walling for any damage, soft spots and looseness. Similarly, in the bathroom and bedroom, it’s important when buying a used RV to check for cracks, run appliances such as toilets and faucets, monitor the quality of the ceiling, search for moisture damage and get a sense of the overall quality of cabinetry and the mattress.
Last but not least, most experts will suggest sanitizing and deep cleaning your vehicle after buying a used RV. New or old, going in yourself or having a certified cleaner scrubbing over every inch of the unit will make your time out on the road much more enjoyable!