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Old 09-05-2012, 11:46 PM   #1
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Need advice on buying my first RV

My plan is to buy a used RV, and my budget is 25,000 cash, max. But if I could find a less expensive one (with a slideout), that is in good shape, I'd like that. I want a Class A RV; I plan to LIVE in it, parking it in my own back yard while I rent out my house, and take few short trips of no longer than a hundred and fifty miles one way)


I've spent a few days looking at RV lots, of which there are plenty here in Tacoma, Wa, and outlying areas, which have RVs which fall in my price range. Trouble is, I have no idea which ones are better than others. Here are some of my questions. (BTW, I plan to LIVE in it, parking it in my own back yard while I rent out my house, and take only short trips of no longer than a hundred and fifty miles one way)

Is there such a thing as professional buyers who know all the ins and outs whom I can hire to buy me an RV to my specifications?

If so, what might such a person charge?

Can anyone recommend such a person in the Tacoma/Seattle area?

How much should an inspection cost?

There's a book for sale for around 27 dollars that can be downloaded, which claims to help buy an RV. Anyone know if it's a good idea to buy it?

How does one learn what the "going rate" for a certain model and years is?

Can one get a decent deal at an RV lot? Or is the best plan to buy from the private market?

Well, that's all the questions I can think of now. I'd really appreciate some perspective from you more experienced RVers!

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Lets start with some basics.
1. Before you buy make sure that the layout is what you want. Sit in it, picture yourself (and anyone else who would be with you) moving around, lay in the bed, open doors, cabnets, step in the shower, etc. The layout is probably the most important part of this decision.
2. Open all cabnets and inspect for soft spots. Feel along the walls and such for any signs of water issues. Also look at the roof, around the A/C units inside and out.
3. Run all systems if possible to insure everthing is working
4. Value - look at NADA, pull up PPL or E-bay for recent sales of the units you like, look at craigslist for price levels of the size in your range.
5. An inspection should cost anywhere between $100 to $200. Even though I live locally I haven't used one. I pretty much know what to look for. If you have a mechanic you trust have him look at the engine.
6. Look on this forum for what to look for when buying a MH. Go to RVBasics.com and they have tons of lists and items to assist you in what to look for. I used it on my first purchase.
7. Use the forum here to ask specific questions on what you don't know. Be sure to put in make, model, year, etc. so we can give you specific feedback.
8. Lastly check (if you have any HOA) to insure you can park your MH in your yard. Not sure of any restrictions in Tacoma, but I know of some in the surrounding communities there.
9. Don't buy any book that will help you buy an RV. All the information is available for free. JMHO

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what are you parking the RV on in your yard? the grass? a slab?
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Old 09-07-2012, 01:16 AM   #4
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Lets start with some basics.
1. Before you buy make sure that the layout is what you want. Sit in it, picture yourself (and anyone else who would be with you) moving around, lay in the bed, open doors, cabnets, step in the shower, etc. The layout is probably the most important part of this decision.
2. Open all cabnets and inspect for soft spots. Feel along the walls and such for any signs of water issues. Also look at the roof, around the A/C units inside and out.
3. Run all systems if possible to insure everthing is working
4. Value - look at NADA, pull up PPL or E-bay for recent sales of the units you like, look at craigslist for price levels of the size in your range.
5. An inspection should cost anywhere between $100 to $200. Even though I live locally I haven't used one. I pretty much know what to look for. If you have a mechanic you trust have him look at the engine.
6. Look on this forum for what to look for when buying a MH. Go to RVBasics.com and they have tons of lists and items to assist you in what to look for. I used it on my first purchase.
7. Use the forum here to ask specific questions on what you don't know. Be sure to put in make, model, year, etc. so we can give you specific feedback.
8. Lastly check (if you have any HOA) to insure you can park your MH in your yard. Not sure of any restrictions in Tacoma, but I know of some in the surrounding communities there.
9. Don't buy any book that will help you buy an RV. All the information is available for free. JMHO

Good Luck
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Excellent, Arnold. Thanks for the advice!
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get on the roof and walk, crawl the whole roof...look/feel for soft spots...if soft...most likely has had a leak. Might be best to avoid that RV.

Don't rush the buy...it is a buyers market right now..many deals are out there. Not to be rude but many owners are growing of age so they are selling due to age restrictions. Many very nice units available from those folks.

Test drive...and make sure to get on the highway. Get up to highway speeds and drive...a good 20 or more miles...get the feel of it and make sure everything functions properly.

Check age on tires...tires are always a BIG expense and can create a bigger expense if 1 would fail @ speed

Do plan on at least a couple of hours to look, check, verify...if you can't spare that much time....your not going to get a good "feel" and evaluation...which you may regret at a later date
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I can't begin to tell you how important this is. This is an absolute must. Priority no 1.

As for the cost (what can you get for $25,000) I would start here. This should definately give you an idea what you can get for your money.

Happy hunting - do tell us how it goes.
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Well, you got some great advice so get out there and get started. Git'r done!
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