If you are looking for an RV like me, used is a very valid option. I’ve been searching both the US and Canadian sites for used rv for sale. With most rv trailers depreciating up to 15% per year, you can save a good 30 to 45% after just three years of ownership on an RV.
But there is a lot of weeds in the garden when it comes to searching for a used rv for sale. Here are some of the questions you need to ask yourself before putting down money:
- How has the previous owner treated the RV?
- Has the RV seen any very bad weather?
- Did the previous owner let water freeze in holding tanks or water lines?
- Can I import that used rv for sale across US/Canadian borders?
Let’s take a peek at each of these questions.
How has the previous owner treated the RV?
This is a biggie. For instance, we looked at a used RV that was only ‘slightly’ used. I’m sure only driven by grandma on Sunday afternoons to church. But just about every cabinet door and sliding door was broken. Did the owner run this unit down a lot of rough roads? Did the owner just bash the inside without concern? Hard to tell, but was enough for my wife and I to say ‘pass’.
Has the RV seen any very bad weather?
This is very important. If rain or water in general has found any way into the trailer, it is a very expensive and hard to repair problem. I’ve read several horror stories that have completely ruined others experiences with water damaged RV’s.
Also, even if an RV sits unused, is it sitting in the elements? More then likely yes. Then the wear on the exterior is the same for a used rv for sale regardless.
Did the previous owner let water freeze in holding tanks or water lines?
Again, a big, biggie! You don’t want to lay down $30,000 and then have to lay down a few thousand more to replace a cracked water holding tank. That pretty much says it all.
Can I import that used rv for sale across US/Canadian borders?
For me this is a concern. I’m seriously considering importing a used US RV to Canada, simply because the selection is much better for a used RV for sale and I can usually pay up to $20,000 less for the identical unit in the USA. There are loop holes to jump through but it’s the logistics that boggle the brain. Do you go all over the USA looking at RV’s to find the right one? That could also get very expensive, very quickly.
Still Looking for A Used RV For Sale
Well, that leave me still looking for a used rv for sale. I will continue looking but I’d like to hear your comments regarding your experiences with your favourite RV. I’m particularly looking for a bunk unit, but I’d still like to hear your experiences.
Update on This Post
I’ve begun to look at the listings on eBay with earnest. We travelled the USA over the summer, just tent camping, and I noticed a lot of used RVs. Then I chatted with a fellow RVer and he told me to look for used RV for sale with eBay. He personally has found a few good deals.
For your convenience, I’ve listed some used RV for sale from eBay below.