class b buying checklist

When I was searching for my first Class B RV to buy, I’ve been looking for all over the place. The best places to get a general idea and good deals is RVtrader, eBay and Craigslist. After a few days of search I found mine on Craigslist, the only problem was that it was 6 hours drive away from me.

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First I had no idea what to do. Even if I drive up myself, I don’t know a thing about RVs. I didn’t want to waste time driving up there to find out that it is in an awful condition. I needed serious help. I started my research and I found an RV inspection service by Lemon Squad, they’ve promised to check the RV inside & out before buying them. The perfect idea. A local specialist went, test drove and inspected the RV for me. They sent me a detailed report with lots of images and personal opinion. Even though it cost a couple of hundred dollars, I was very happy with my choice. It’s way cheaper than buy something that is worthless.

When I drove up two days later to pick up the RV I was confident that I am getting a great deal.

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If you are handy, you have already owned Class B RVs before and know a thing or two about them, maybe you want to check it out  yourself save the money.

Here I put together a buying checklist for you:


  • How many owners it had? How long the current owner owns it? Why sell it?
  • How old is it, with how many miles? (Low mileage is not necessarily a good thing)
  • Has it been in any accident? Any dents on the body? Try to get a vehicle history.
  • What kinds of fuel it needs? How many gallons it uses?
  • Was it in storage most of the year? Was it rented out? Was it used by full-timers? Infrequent use is not always a good thing.
  • Can they show signs of regular maintenance? Records of tire or oil changes, major par changes and checkups
  • Check all the tires and the spare
  • How is the home battery? A home battery is a deep circuit battery, it can cost around $200 to replace.
  • Test the water system: in the sink, the toilet and the shower.
  • Test the propane system: the burners and the furnace
  • Test all electrical devices: microwave, air conditioner, ceiling fan, inside lights, fridge, TV and DVD player
  • Check for leaks on the walls and the ceiling
  • Check the grey water and black water tanks, how do they work? Is the toilet goes into a black water tank or it has a separate casette?
  • Test the awning
  • See if it has a working carbon monoxide, propane detector and a fire extinguisher
  • Check for underbody rust – it is ok if it is only surface rust
  • Take a look at all liquids in the engine: oil, water, coolant etc
  • Test drive and test the brakes