Thursday, July 22, 2010

Buying the elusive RV…. where to buy it…

Well we have been looking at RV’s over the past four months as time and opportunity permits.  We have stopped in many states while traveling to peruse their lots so we better understand what we like and dislike. We are pretty comfortable with what our likes and dislikes are and what our “deal breakers” are when it comes to buying our future home.

miami guard stand So now we spend more and more time on-line looking for those “unwanted” RV’s out on the internet as we are getting closer and closer to being ready to pulling the trigger and buy an RV. So what are our favorite on-line resources for web shopping… 

Web links to check:

So when buying online you want to know if the title is free and clear and on hand. Get the VIN number to check for defects and recalls and be sure it's VIN matches the vehicle you are purchasing. Other good advice from fellow RV’ers is to find out where most of it's life has been. A rig that has been lived in obviously has had more intense continued use and therefore wear on all the appliances etc. A weekender should have much less use and the summer road trip rig, somewhere in between.  Also, if it was used extensively in areas up north and along the coast there could be some future rust issues.

Lots to see and look at… we hope to have one by the end of October…


  1. This is another one that seems to have good deals:

    The research can drive you crazy, huh?!

  2. What are the pros and cons of dealer vs private seller?

  3. Sounds like you guys have really been doing your homework/research! Keep us updated on the purchase!! Very exciting! :)

    Mike & Gerri (happytrails)

  4. yes we are doing tons of research... i sometimes get afflicted with paralysis thru analysis...

    Merikay the biggest advantage of going with a dealer is that most stand behind their sale but with private individuals (if you have the rig reliably tested) you may end up with significant savings... we are looking at both...

  5. We have bought 3 motorhomes from private individuals and have never had any problems during or after the sale. Just do your homework and know what you want before you get there. Look the rig over well and don't be in a hurry.
    If possible have it checked out by an RV mechanic (PDI)- you can pay to have this done.

    Good luck!! Isn't it fun??

    Mike & Gerri

  6. What an exciting time for you guys... I hope you share with us your actual list of wants and don't wants... also as you shop, it would be fun to see what you like and what you discard as far as rigs go. We love rig shopping!

    Karen and Steve
    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard