My family and I have been searching extensively for the right used RV for us. We’ve zeroed in on a couple of models, but to date, haven’t found the right deal.

I was just down in the USA and looked at a bunch of them from afar. You really do have to take the time and check out a used RV before you decide to purchase. On many occasions I would check out a used 5th wheel to find the advertising to be not the same as the actual unit.

I don’t believe that people will falsely advertise, but I think it’s more a matter of just not seeing things in a unit after owning it for some time.

The second problem I’ve come across on many occasions is the actual cost of the used RV for sale. On many, many occasions, the price is much too high. I feel for the owners, but unfortunately, the depreciation on a RV is pretty drastic in the first five years.

Back to the problems I have found and look for now.

The number one thing I look for is water damage. I’ve done a fair bit of research and the one thing that is almost impossible to fix on a used RV is water damage. Once it starts to show, the real damage is done.

It’s very hard to fix an rv that suffers from water damage. It’s not impossible, but from what I’ve read, it’s pretty near. The trouble is when you see mild water damage, underneath the surface, is normally a ton of damage that just isn’t seen.

Second thing I look for is easy to find damage. I’ll normally inspect the inside and outside pretty closely. If the owner is hovering over me, then I’ll normally tell them thanks but no thanks. Hovering is normally a sign of something not been told.

If I’m pretty satisfied with what I find or don’t find and the price is in the right ball park, then I’ll ask to see it connected to electricity and water. I’ll want to test both of these systems out in conjunction to the waste systems.

I’ll normally ask where the unit has been stored. Specifically, I’m looking to see if the unit has sat in a field or next to a field for some time. This will normally turn me off too. Many people will put their used RV up for sale at the edge of a major road, sitting in a farmer’s field.

One thing I do know is farmer’s fields and RV’s just don’t get along for one reason. Mice. If you leave an RV sitting dormant in a farmer’s field or close to a farmer’s field, the unit can become infested with field mice. And they can cause havoc.

To be honest with you, no used RV has made it this far. Either there is damage that I wish not to own, or the price has been just a little too steep for me. So, I’ll keep hunting. I’d like to hear your stories about you buying or selling a used RV. Please leave your comments below.

When considering the best RV layouts that could work for you and your family, you have to first consider what your needs are.

We’ve personally struggled to find a layout that works for us. But I’ve stuck to my guns and felt that when we find the best layout, we would know it. Well, I’ve found out that this it is a bit true and a bit false.

I would recommend that you walk through several of the best rv layouts that you can find. Even ones you may not like, will show you things you may like or dislike in the long run. For example, we were looking at the toy hauler layouts.

Now, I feel that the toy hauler layouts waste a ton of space, especially when you want to maximize your living space and don’t need to haul around things like dirt bikes or quads. But what I did find out was that it was nice to have the flexible storage available in the rear of the toy hauler.

This added in a new wrinkle to our search when looking for best rv layouts for our needs.

We looked extensively at motorhomes, even though they do not fit our purposes at all at this time. But when our oldest son heads off to university, that situation can completely change. Motorhome manufacturers have recognized that more and more middle aged couples have enough disposable income to afford the more expensive motorhomes.

And they’ve stepped up to the plate offering some of the best rv layouts I’ve seen that contain a double bunk unit for two children. I think the only downfall to this design is that the children are literally a couple of feet away from your bedroom. That could be an intimacy killer right there.

You also have to really look at the features offered by the layout you’ve selected. You may find with careful scrutiny, that this really isn’t the best option for you. One example I can offer was on a Jayco unit.

It contained a double bunk unit plus the extra bed for our third child. Fantastic! But because the unit was only about 34 feet long, there was loss of storage space for this bunk unit. In the long run, the lack of storage was a bit of a killer for us. Especially if we decide to rv full time.

But some of the best rv layouts that we’ve found to date have been simply by looking at rv after rv. Only through comprehensive examination and asking a ton of questions, have we been able to weed out the layouts that would have been unsuitable for us as a family at this time.

In closing remarks, you need to do a ton of searching to find the best rv layouts that would suit you and your circumstances. It may take a bit of time, but if you consider that you could be spending more then $20,000 on a rv unit, I think that this is time well spent!

Basically an RV refrigerator is a little different from your standard home refrigerator. An RV refrigerator works on the principle not of pressure differences with a compressor, but absorption by creating heat with either a propane flame or an electric heating element.

Unfortunately, I cannot give you any more dynamics of an RV refrigerator, but I did come across a great video on caring for your fridge unit.

To recap from the video, things to keep watch for when caring for your rv refrigerator are:

  • Ventilation is critical – we need to ensure that the area around the refrigerator is clear of cobwebs and squirrel’s nests.
  • Don’t over pack your fridge. Air has to be able to circulate around the food for it to keep the food cool.
  • To assist with air circulation, consider purchasing a small battery powered fan that will move air around in your rv refrigerator.
  • Check the drain tube on the back of the fridge. Ensure that there are obstructions.
  • Regularly have the refrigerator flue cleaned and serviced.
  • Be sure to test the rv refrigerator in AC and LP (propane) modes. Ensure that the RV is level as the refrigerant will not circulate properly otherwise.

I would recommend viewing this video just to be sure you are properly caring for your rv refrigerator. I found it quite enlightening, as I am not experienced with this type of appliance just yet.

I was taking a deeper look into 5th wheels that have built in RV slides. They really do make a difference in living space, so I felt it imperative to find out as much as possible about maintaining an rv slide.

Well, I’ve discovered that rv manufacturers really didn’t get into the business of adding slides until about 7 to 10 years ago. Now they are definitely the rage. No doubt about that. I’ve seen some older units that pre-date about 1996 and they are small without the feature of an rv slide.

I’ve also read that you may need to replace the seals in the slide about every seven years. This has controversy as salespeople will tell you that they will last forever. That I cannot believe! But what I did find out that was unanimous was you do have to maintain them.

First and foremost, if you use your slides and you don’t have some sort of awning that unrolls over the top of the slide while it is extended, you will need to ensure you clear all the stuff that can land on the top. This will be a fast track to ruining your rv slide if you are not vigilant in this area.

Next, I did find out that you need to make sure you fully extend the slide mechanism in the full open or full closed position while in use. I’ve heard that it puts pressure on the seals if you do not properly open or close them.

I have read issues with motors on slides, but again, I’m guessing as I don’t have experience. I do know if there are any mechanical parts that should be greased, then they should be greased.

Finally, from experiences of other friends who own rv slide units, using a rubber rejuvenator once per year on the seals can extend the life of the seals. I know from my own vehicles for this to be true. Seals will last for many years if you care for them.

Oh, and apparently replacing them in a certified repair shop isn’t too hard or too expense. That’s good to know. Again, I’m recalling what I’ve heard from vendors as I couldn’t find anyone who as of yet has had to repair a rv slide.

So, as far as I can see, there is very little downside to having rv slide units on your 5th wheel or motorhome. Just tons of upside! I’d love to hear your comments about what you’ve encountered with your rv slides.

I do have a particular interest in the various rv motorhomes that can be found. They may not exactly fit my family’s needs, but what I really like about them is the fact that we can move around and make coffee, play cards, do homework, etc while travelling. (Of course, the driver is preoccupied!)

I really love that fact. You don’t have to pack up and sit in a truck all day while driving. Another factor is the view. The larger windshields on a rv motorhome offer a much better and unobstructed view of the up and coming scenery. That’s something that I really like as well.

Finally, one other advantage that I can see from a rv motorhome is the fact that if you want to just pull over in a neighborhood later at night and boondock for the night. You will arouse very little suspicion from neighbours. Basically, one neighbour thinks that the other neighbor has relatives from out of town.

The big trick that I’ve heard is just make sure you pull out of the neighbourhood sooner then later in the morning. Don’t make it obvious that you’re there to stay!

Here are some listings of interesting rv motorhomes that I’ve come across below!

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