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Old 10-16-2016, 07:22 PM   #1
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Questions about buying a used RV....

Hello, new to the forum (and RVing ) and was wondering if anyone had some advice. Myself, my wife and two kids 12 and 14, are looking to move up from tents to a small rv. I saw one that fits what we have been looking for over the weekend and am going to call and see if I can take a look at it this week (It is at an auto mechanic shop that sells some used cars in its lot). It is a 2002 Rockwood Roo M21. The outside looks pretty good for its age, with the exception of the front two top corners that seem to have some sort of grey putty at the seams. Sign on it says that everything works, $3995 or best offer. My question is are there specific things I should look for when I get a chance to take a closer look at it? Anything that is prohibitively expensive to fix, and therefore a deal breaker? Thanks for any help!

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Old 10-16-2016, 08:40 PM   #2
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The grey goo could be self-leveling caulk, a common sealer for seams around rooftop vents and hatches.

The tires are an expensive item, normally on an RV they get old before they get bald. If they are older than about 6 years, they will need replacement soon. Tire age codes

Check that all systems work as they should. Also scan for stains and evidence of leaks. Dampness breeds rot and mold, both bad in an RV.

Engine and drive train should be inspected for neglect, as should brakes and other driving functions. Listen for exhaust and manifold leaks, oil and coolant, too. Drive it long enough to warm up to be sure the radiator cools properly.

Good luck.


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Old 10-17-2016, 08:26 AM   #3
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Make sure the unit is fully set up. Ask that the refrigerator be running on electric a couple hours before you get there. Verify it ignites when switched from electric to propane. Check canvas for tears and any separation at body. Verify all burners ignite, oven ignites. Check water flow from each outlet. Check water heater ignites. Check thermostat and verify heater and fan operate. Verify A/C works on all settings. Check interior and exterior lighting. If there is a slide, check function. Randomly pick one wheel and ask to see the brakes/bearings (if purchased, check all). Check inside and outside for blistering (water damage). Check flooring for extensive soft spots. Finally, you haven't stated your tow vehicle, but verify dry/wet weight of trailer and assure your vehicle can handle safely.
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Check for leaks, mold & rot. Start at the front bunk area. Does it look "funky" on the outside seams? Lift up the mattress and carefully examine the front area underneath. Rot never sleeps. Check where the walls meet the floor for damage from leaks. A good deal is not always a good deal. Good luck!
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Thanks for the help, I think I am going to go try and look at it today. Its raining here, so probably a good time to check for leaks! I would be towing with a 2015 F150 with the eco boost 6.
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