|Camping and RV Articles||>||Used RV Buying Guide Checklist|
Here is the checklist to use when inspecting a used motorhome. You may want to take your video camera with you to film each one so that you have a visual reference when we make your decision.
Some of the items we have listed to check may not be applicable for all RVs.
|ITEM||THINGS TO LOOK FOR||RATING|
|Surfaces||Dents, dings, scratches or stains - can we live with them?|
|Leaks||Warped or stained walls, especially in the corners. "Soft" spots around windows, vents and along the floor|
|Generator||Does it start smoothly? Voltage produces should be 110-125 volts|
|Lighting||Working? Fluorescent ones should come on at full brightness|
|Fans||Working? Do they need lubrication?|
|Door Hinges||Check for wear|
|Side Mirrors||Do they allow for good visibility?|
|Engine||Did it start on the first try? Unacceptable if not|
|Listen for bumping, grinding, creaking or clanging, any unusual sounds.
Did it have enough power to get up a steep hill easily?
Did it hesitate when the engine was hot?
Check the braking power
Check the spot where it was parked. Is anything leaking?
|A/C||Run the air conditioner for at least 15 minutes and make sure it stays cool|
|Radio||Check all the radio controls and make sure all speakers, front and back, work|
|Locks/Controls||Are all the door locks and interior controls working?|
|Steering||Check the play in the steering. Is it too loose?|
|Tires||Check the tires for wear and cracking|
|Belts/Hoses||Check for cracks - anything with a crack will have to be replaced|
|Exhaust||In sunlight, the exhaust should be clear. If there is bluish smoke, the engine is in trouble. It should also be odorless from a few feet away.|
|Refrigerator||Takes about 3 hours, but should stay cold and freezer to be icy cold using both propane and electric.|
|Stove/Oven||Light the oven and stove top burners.|
|Water||Try all the water faucets and check for leaks around the pump, water heater and tanks. Does the water inlet have a filter before the water gets to the pump? Is there a pressure regulator?
Check under sinks for signs of previous leaks.
|Holding Tanks||Run water into them and check for leaks|
|Bathroom||Is it big enough?|
|Interior Colors||Can you live with the colors?|
|Flooring||Check the condition of all carpet and flooring.|
|Windows||Do they all work properly?|
|Seating||Condition of seating and/or foam cushions.|
|Phone||Is it wired for a phone line?|
|Cable||Is it wired for cable TV?|
|Microwave||Does it work?|
|TV/Stereo||Do they work?|
|Front Dash||Is it in good condition?
Is there room on the passenger side to build in a computer workstation?
|Cigarette Lighter||Does it work?|
|Sleeping||Is the sleeping area large enough?|
|Exterior Compartments||Are they dry and clean, with no rusty areas?|
|Siding||Check the screws for rust and streaking. Are there rusted areas in the body?|
|Roof||Check for cracking on rubber roof, rust and loose screws on metal.
Is there a roof rack?
|Solar||Are there solar panels? How many house batteries?|
|Furnace||Start the furnace and be sure that it is working smoothly. Flame should not be too blue.|
|Awning||Pull out the awning and check condition and ease of use.|
|Interior Storage||Is there enough? Check in cupboards for signs of previous leaks.|
|Rear Ladder||Check the condition of the ladder.|
|Previous Owner||Can you contact the previous owner?|
|Vehicle Battery||Check the condition.|
|House Batteries||How many? Condition?|
|Manuals||Do they have the manuals for all appliances and equipment?|
This is the list we are currently working from. As we attend more RV shows and look at more used ones, we will probably be adding to it. But, this is enough to get us started!