Saturday, December 10, 2022


What you should know about buying a used RV


By Mark Polk, RV Education 101

Are you a first-time RV buyer?

Sometimes a used RV can be a great buy. There are many affordable used RVs with little use everywhere. You just need to find the right one. But just like buying any RV, there are things to look out for. You don’t want a disaster on your hands!

RVs are like automobiles because they depreciate rather than appreciate in value. Used RVs already suffered the brunt of depreciation, and the pricing usually reflects this. Pricing for a used RV involves many factors, including the age of the unit, the condition, the mileage (if applicable), and the options the RV is equipped with.

The most important consideration is the overall condition of the RV. A good reference guide to use is NADA pricing for RVs. The values listed in the NADA guide are based on the RV being in good condition. Good condition means that there is no damage and everything on the RV is in proper working condition. In other words, you should be able to buy the RV and use it with no problems or issues. If not, the price of the RV goes down. Note: You can access NADA pricing for RVs online.

In this used RV buying video, I offer some useful tips and tricks for buying a used RV.

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Bob M
1 year ago

I’m not one in favor of buying used RV’s. I bought one that was two years old from a dealer and looked in excellent shape. With no warrenty. Some dealers may give you 30 day warranty. While everything worked during the PDI. After I got it home and used it, the Dometic fridge stopped working in Electric auto mode and wouldn’t switch over to propane. Propane worked in manual mode. RV repairman got it working in electric mode, but wouldn’t work in Manual mode for propane. Repairman had a hard time figuring out problem and all Dometic would say was buy a new refrigerator. Found out Dometic had a bad batch of RV fridges. Also found the plastic strip that covers the rubber roof screws was deteriorated and cracking.

1 year ago

Every vehicle depreciates in value. But right now used trucks and Suv’s are starting to appreciate over what they did before the pandemic. I have seen prices on 1 and 2 year old trucks that are very close to the original sticker price. The lack of new trucks on dealer lots are driving up the price for used ones. My 2015 Silverda Z71 has increased in value by over $2000 from this time last year.

1 year ago

In today’s shortage market on R.V.s prices of used units are no where close to bluebook.

Tommy Molnar
1 year ago
Reply to  Crowman

I don’t know where YOU are located, but as mentioned earlier in the newsletter, all the RV lots I (and others) have seen are overflowing with new units for sale. Trailers for sure. Not sure about motorhomes.