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Buying a Used Camper?

Updated: Jul 16, 2023

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Hit the Road with Confidence: The Ultimate Guide to Buying a Used Camper

Greetings, fellow adventure-seekers! Are you ready to embark on an unforgettable journey across picturesque landscapes with the wind in your hair and the open road ahead? Well, hold on to your seats (and dreams), because today we're diving into the exciting realm of used campers!

But don't worry my dear wanderers, I've got your back. In this whimsical guide, we'll explore the top things to check when purchasing that perfect preloved mobile sanctuary.

So buckle up, and let's prepare for a road trip of knowledge and entertainment.

1. The Heart of the Beast: Engine and Mechanical Components

Just like a good cup of coffee fuels your senses, the engine powers your new home on wheels. Check under the hood for any oil leaks or suspicious sounds. Take her for a little spin to ensure the engine purrs like a contented kitten and doesn't show any signs of overheating. Be thorough and remember, mechanics can be as mysterious as mythical creatures, so it's never a bad idea to consult an expert.

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Use your mechanic if possible but be sure if you don't to get references!

2. Imperfections and Battle Scars: Rust and Body Damage

If dings and scratches tell tales of epic adventures, then rust shows the camper's age-like fine lines on a seasoned storyteller's face. Examine the exterior diligently, looking for any potential weak spots and signs of rust, especially around the wheel wells and underneath the vehicle. Cosmetic imperfections are nothing to fear, but keep an eye out for deep cracks, significant rust, or paint bubbles like "blistering sunburn"; they could be signs of more serious structural issues.

Dont buy it if your gut says no!

3. Plumbing Woes: Water and Plumbing Systems

Water is the key to life; in a camper, that bubbling brook should be no exception. Turn on all the taps and let the water flow. Ensure proper water pressure and keep your senses alert for strange smells or leaks. And remember a showerhead that dribbles like a tired elephant may require some plumber intervention.

A plumbing bill can break your budget!

4. Gremlins of Electricity: Electrical System

Much like pixie dust, a healthy electrical system is essential for powering your camper's vital functions. Check that all the lights, outlets, and appliances are working. Dodgy wiring or fickle switches might spell "electrical ghost" trouble. And unless you're going for a haunted mobile motel, it's best to avoid those phantom problems.

Electrical is the #1 reason for camper fires!

5. Sleep Like a Queen or King: Interior Styling and Amenities

Prepare to step inside and be enchanted by the enchanting world that dwells within your potential new home. Explore each nook and cranny, making sure cabinetry, doors, and windows function seamlessly. Sit on the cozy couch or bed and imagine yourself basking in comfort after a day of glorious wandering. Peek into the kitchen and dance with delight at the prospect of culinary adventures, ensuring all appliances and cabinets are shipshape.

Or if you are like me, rip it all out and redo EVERYTHING!

6. Creaks and Rumbles: Suspension and Tires

Remember, we're not on the high seas; we're conquering asphalt rivers. Inspect the suspension system, looking for signs of wear and tear or any red flags that may scream "rough ride ahead." Take a deep breath, jump into action, and examine those tires, dear traveler. Uneven tread wear or cracks in the sidewalls could be harbingers of bumpy journeys or sudden blowouts. We took it immediately onto the interstate and slammed it. We also recommend that EVERYONE gets a TPMS system to monitor your tires. Having a blowout doesn't just wreck your tire, it rips your RV apart down the sides as well! WE use the TireMinder! Best on the market.

Tires are the most important thing you will monitor on your camper!

7. The Spirit of Adventure: the Camper's History

Every used camper has a unique past, like the pages of a mysterious, well-worn book. Dive into some vehicular detective work and uncover its history. Request maintenance records, snoop around for hints of any prior accidents, and interrogate the seller (in the friendliest possible way). Remember, dear reader, knowledge is power. Or in this case, knowledge is the key to unlocking the door to adventure.

Look for things that have been fixed more than once. You do not want a repeat offender!

8. The Price of Dreams: Ensure it Fits Your Budget

No matter how magical a camper may seem, it's essential to ensure it aligns with your budgetary incantations. Research the market price for comparable models, taking into account the vehicle's age, mileage, and condition. Armed with this knowledge, cast your spell of negotiation, aiming for a fair price that will have you dancing off into the sunset with some coins still jingling in your pocket. You CAN find good deals at Rv Dealerships! We sure did! If you are in the Wisconsin area, check out Markquart RV Hallie! Those guys are not just salesmen, they are your new lifelong friends!

Markquart RV Hallie in Wisconsin treated us like family!

9. Where Truth Lies: Vehicle History Reports and the Title

Just as every fairy tale needs an ending, every camper needs a happy history. Request a vehicle history report (just like a fairy godmother's spellbook). This report, akin to a tale of truth and transparency, will reveal the vehicle's past, including any accidents or title branding. Remember to double-check that the title is clear, and it's not some cloak-and-dagger document leading you astray. We used

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10. Call upon the Knowledge Seekers: Bring a Trusted Mechanic or Friend

When all else fails, my dear adventurers, never underestimate the power of a friendly sidekick. Enlist the help of a trusted mechanic or an experienced friend who knows their way around campers. With their magical knowledge and a keen eye for detail, they'll sprinkle wisdom and save you from potential disasters.

The best thing every newbie can do is get an inspection done with an NRVIA tech! go to to find one near you!

So there you have it, my dear road warriors: the ultimate guide to buying a used camper. Armed with these tips and a heart full of wanderlust, step boldly into the land of used campers. Find the one that speaks to your soul, the one that promises breathtaking sunsets and mesmerizing horizons.

May your travels be filled with unforgettable memories and uncharted discoveries. Happy trails, my friends!

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