Used RV Travel Trailer Buying Guide
When shopping for a used rv travel trailer, there are some things to look for that may save you some grief in the future. What may seem like a good deal on a vintage camper may not be so great after repair work is factored in.
Ask questions about the trailer’s history. What work, if any, has been done to the trailer? Was it involved in any accidents? Has it gone unused for any extended amount of time? Has the trailer been stored inside or outside? If a trailer has been sitting in a field for years it may have sustained environment and weather damage or have become home to mice or other animals.
Check the electrical hookups and test the lights. Make sure all the electrical components are functional or at least determine which faults exist. Make sure the refrigerator and the stove are operational. Ensure the water and waste tanks and lines are in good condition.
If a trailer has leaks, then there is a good chance some or even all of the wood needs to be replaced. The walls should be sturdy, not soft or squishy. If the walls, floor or ceiling have soft areas it is a sign of water damage and future repair work. Look for damage to the exterior skin of the trailer where water may be able to enter. If the water damage is extensive the trailer may need to be taken apart, down to the frame, to replace the affected wood. Check the corners and around vents and windows for any signs of leaking. Also be sure to look for rust on the metal frame under the trailer.
Signs of infestation
Unsecured vents can become an entrance for unwanted travel trailer guests like insects and field mice, who like to sharpen their teeth on electrical cables and anything else they can find. Look for signs of animal life like feces or chewed shavings on the floor or in drawers and cabinets.
Title and registration paperwork
Make sure the title and registration paperwork are valid and in the seller’s name, or that you can register a trailer under other circumstances in your state.