New or Used RV: Which to Buy?
Whether to buy a new or used RV is a common question, and it’s a big
Know what to look for in the RV. And also take the time to think about your own priorities and lifestyle preferences.
In a nutshell, the biggest advantage to buying a pre-owned RV is
price. You may be able to get more for your money. New RVs start
depreciating once they leave the lot.
Shop wisely and patiently and you may find a good price on a well-equipped late model RV. There are a
growing number of RVers who trade in their new rigs every few years – including top of the line used motor coaches.
Consider how you will use your RV. If your plans are for
occasional trips or vacations, maybe you don’t need to spend a lot of
Or perhaps you are just starting out, or still not completely
sure what type of RV will suit you best. Buying pre-owned might be the
way to go.
One of the potential pitfalls of buying used is that you might
get stuck with someone else’s problems. On the other hand, you may
benefit from someone else “breaking in” the RV and working out any bugs.
Know what to look for and who you are buying from. Make sure you have
any pre-owned RV inspected. Here are a few books on the subject of how
to buy and how to deal. This is a big investment – whether you buy
used or new. It’s worthwhile to be informed.
Guide to Buying a Used RV:
In this guide you will find many little-known secrets and methods used
You can also use the
NADA Guides to determine what a used RV is worth.
You can check out values for specific RV models online, or buy a NADA
Guide subscription. This is also a good tool if you are buying new – it
gives you some idea of how well a particular brand holds value.
Advantages of buying new?
You get the latest thing in new designs (at least for the moment).
No one else has been living in a new RV.
It won’t have a lot of mileage racked up.
You might think there would be less chance of something breaking
or malfunctioning, since it’s new …but not necessarily. New RVs can
have problems too.
Insider’s Guide to Buying an RV: Get this e-book for quality help in buying an RV. Written by an expert in RV repair and maintenance, experienced as a Sales Manager & Finance & Insurance Manager for an RV Dealership.
Owning an RV is meant to be fun. Making the wrong buying decisions is to be avoided. So get started on the way to an enjoyable RV ownership experience for years to come. Great insider insight from someone in the know! Make your RV buying process easier and know what to look for.
If you decide to buy new, really think about why you are buying new
vs. used. It may just be the simple fact that you want the brand new
condition and features, regardless of depreciation. Or you just want to
stick to geographically convenient dealers, who don’t carry much in the
way of used RVs.
Be sure to give some thought to why you are buying new, to guard against getting “Wow!’d” and then making decisions
for the wrong reasons.
Jill Miller is the founder of Your RV Lifestyle. Trading corporate America for the open road, Jill, along with her partner Jose, began their RV journey, making an unconventional start by wintering in New Jersey. A natural adventurer, she was motivated by a desire to explore the USA and beyond, embracing the varied landscapes, communities, and cultures across the country.
For Jill, the allure of RV living was not about material accumulation, but rather the pursuit of an adventurous, fulfilling lifestyle. A lover of golf, bicycling, hiking, and line dancing, she has carried her passions across the country, engaging with them in diverse settings. Jill’s commitment to the RV lifestyle came after years of careful research, numerous consultations with RV owners, and personal trials, including living in a rental RV.