Buying a Used RV: Roof Inspection

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When buying a used RV, it’s important to fully inspect every component on the vehicle, from the engine to the bathroom and especially the roof. The roof is the primary spot for cracking, leaks and damage due to the elements. To help you figure out what to look for when you climb the ladder to complete an inspection prior to buying a used RV, David Solberg walks you through the process of checking each component to find any potential maintenance work that needs to be done.

Firstly, you’ll want to take a look at the surface of the RV roof itself, keeping an eye out for spider cracking, soft spots and chips or tears in the fiberglass. Make sure the front cap is intact and properly sealed, as well as the seams between the roof and sidewall joints if the roof on the model you’re inspecting doesn’t wrap around.

Next, experts will tell you when buying a used RV that you should check the condition of components such as air conditioning units, roof vents, sewer vents, TV antennas and any other roof-mounted objects, as well as the quality of their sealants. If there are gaps or cracks in any sealing, it’s recommended that you take off the component to check for water damage underneath and make any necessary repairs prior to resealing. If you’re thinking about buying a used RV, it’s always best to find and make requests for maintenance before completing the purchase, rather than learning after the fact that you have rampant rusting or extensive water damage to fabrics.

Lastly, consult buyers guides and online discussion boards if you find something that you’re not sure how to handle when buying a used RV. More often than not, someone else has already dealt with the issue you’re trying to tackle!