Last Updated on July 5, 2023
When I embarked on the quest to find my first Class B RV, little did I know it would take me on an adventure across various online platforms. From RVtrader to eBay and Craigslist, I scoured every corner of the internet in search of the ideal recreational vehicle that would fulfill my wanderlust dreams. Amongst the myriad options, I discovered that these platforms not only offered a general idea of what was available but also presented the opportunity for great deals.
However, as I delved deeper into my search, a dilemma presented itself. While I had found the perfect Class B RV on Craigslist, there was one major obstacle standing in my way – it was located a daunting 6-hour drive away from my home. Faced with the prospect of investing time and money into a vehicle I knew little about, uncertainty began to cloud my excitement.
Seeking guidance, I turned to extensive research, determined to uncover a solution that would alleviate my concerns. That’s when I stumbled upon an RV inspection service called Lemon Squad. Promising to thoroughly examine the RV inside and out, their local specialists offered a lifeline for uncertain buyers like me. Intrigued by their proposition, I decided to take a leap of faith and employ their services.
A few days later, armed with a detailed report, vivid images, and personalized opinions, I felt a renewed sense of confidence. The expert inspection by Lemon Squad provided me with the reassurance I needed to proceed with my purchase. Despite the expenditure of a couple of hundred dollars, I knew that it was a small price to pay compared to the potential pitfalls of buying a lemon.
With my confidence restored, I set off on a journey to pick up my newly acquired Class B RV. As I embarked on the drive, I was filled with a mix of excitement and gratitude for the invaluable assistance I had received. Armed with knowledge and armed with confidence, I was now certain that I was on the brink of acquiring a great deal.
If you’re a seasoned Class B RV owner, proficient in the nuances of these marvelous vehicles, you may prefer to undertake the inspection yourself, saving both time and money. For those who wish to take matters into their own hands, I’ve compiled a comprehensive buying checklist to serve as your guide.
So whether you choose to embark on your own adventure or rely on the expertise of professionals, join me as we explore the world of Class B RVs and uncover the essential steps to finding the perfect recreational vehicle. Let’s delve into the checklist that will lead us toward fulfilling our dreams of hitting the open road in style and comfort.
Here I put together a buying checklist for you:
- How many owners it had? How long has the current owner owned it? Why sell it?
- How old is it, with how many miles? (Low mileage is not necessarily a good thing)
- Has it been in an accident? Any dents on the body? Try to get a vehicle history.
- What kinds of fuel does it need? How many gallons does it use?
- 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 cassette?
- 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
Last update on 2023-12-08 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API