The task of buying a used camper and making sure you get the best deal possible can prove daunting. However, following certain guidelines makes it easier. Keep in mind that the mechanical parts will need a good going over, so if you lack knowledge in that area try to find someone who can help. Go online to see what other people say about buying a used camper, also check out current pricing for the year and make of the used cheap campers. Prepare by investigating all you can before you go.
A few items you should bring with you include a flashlight, air gauge, lug wrench, and a voltmeter. You may get your hands and clothes dirty, so consider bringing some coveralls, paper towels, and wet wipes.
Before entering, check the tires, and rims for dents, cracks, excessive wear, and signs of misalignment. Use the air gauge to ensure proper inflation of the tires. Looking down the length of the camper from the back end and front will make it possible for you to see if the sides bow out at all. If they do, this could mean water damage has occurred. How do the vents covers look? Do they show any signs of leaks or repairs? While looking under the RV do you see any signs of fluid drips? Can you see evidence of problems underneath, like rock or other damage to the chassis? Does it come with a spare tire, hitch, and jack?
Inside you need to check the vents, and windows for water damage, or leaks. Make sure the fridge, stove/oven, water heater, electric pump, converter, heater, thermostat, and any air conditioning works properly. After trying them, do you notice any signs of a propane leak, like an odor? Do all the lights and accessories work? Do the sinks, toilet, and shower work and drain, as they should? As you enter, and leave, make sure the door opens, closes, and locks without a problem. Check any mattresses for wear, or water damage. Does it have holding tanks? If so how do they look? Ask about the owner’s manual, and any records on the maintenance of the vehicle.
Whether you check out the used vehicle by yourself, or bring someone with you, the above list should help you find the best deal possible. The seller should willingly allow you to inspect the camper, and if not, consider moving on.