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13 – The Used Low-Mileage Motor Home

We get this call every week: “I just bought this really low mileage motor home that’s older (10-20 years) and it needs a few things looked at. Can I bring it by this week? We have a trip planned soon and we want to get it checked out before we go.”

Please don’t do that! You are buying a motor home to enjoy and take your family out for a good time. You are probably going to spend a fair amount of money for it. So why not get it inspected BEFORE you buy it?

Mileage on the odometer means almost nothing on a motor home. The reason why is that they sit. And this is usually outside in the weather, uncovered and un-moved for 90% of their life. Since the majority of the critical parts of an RV are made of rubber and plastic they begin breaking down (hardening/cracking) within a few years of being built. If they sit in intensely cold or hot areas with direct sunlight, the aging process can accelerate at a tremendous rate.

In a motorized RV the aging process usually starts at the roof and tires and then moves to the engine and the seals. It’s a tall order to expect all of these components to be in top notch, road worthy conditions when they sit and the suns ultraviolent radiation rains down every day for years on end.

My recommendation is to have any RV (or car for that matter) professionally inspected prior to purchase. One of three things will happen:

  1. You will find out that the vehicle is very well maintained and needs little or no work.
  2. You will find out that it does need some work but might be a workable solution for your family. And, you’ll be in a better position to negotiate or walk away.
  3. Or you will find out that the vehicle is in deplorable condition and should not be purchased under any circumstances (yes this does happen).

Whatever the outcome you will have confidence in your decision and clarity in your mind regardless of the outcome.

When it comes to buying any trailer, motor coach or car do what wise investors have been doing for years. Pay to have your next used vehicle inspected before you invest in it. If not you could be paying for it for years to come.

When it is your time to buy call Sturken Auto and RV for your pre-purchase inspection