RV age limits

RV age limits

by R.M.Graziani
(Summerfield, Fl US)

We have read up some on this but still a little confused. We are looking now to purchase for full time living in an RV but are limited in price to 4k.

We are really actually leaning toward a class c and even around 24'- we don't want a large one. We do have the option to sell our car and get a very good truck then purchase a trailer but really like the set up of a class c.

In either case, the ones we have been looking at are in very good shape but are older (most late 80's but some early 90's in trailers).

We are open to where we are going and even if we are one place 6 months or another all year however have camped in the past for several months at a time in a tent (most summers-fall) and we very happy so are even looking just going to state forests.

What we would like to know is what limits we are facing and what can be the best options within the price limits we have. The goal is to be debt free-we will not finance.

Are there any limitations on the type of camper you have in a state park? The ones we are looking at are really in sound condition and actually some are really very nice-only the age a concern. Thanks for any help.

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Jan 13, 2015
Buying an RV
by: Anonymous

I just went through this. The structure of the rv is important of course, and all the water pumps, tanks, electrical, etc. But here's what I did. I am a carpenter by trade, so I was worried about all of these systems of course, but I focused on the things that I would have to have a shop do if they went south. Namely the engine, and trans.

I could forgive a lot if I was able to fix it, but was critical of things I couldn't. And lets be honest, if it don't move, its not even a trailer, cause you can tow it with a truck. That's just my opinion though.

Dec 07, 2014
RV Age Limits
by: Anonymous

Many RV owners take care of their "Home away from home". Basic maintenance is very important to any vehicle. If an owner ignores the importance of preventive maintenance, trouble will be around the corner. I've seen some older motor homes that run and operate as good if not better than new purchases.

All the problems have been eliminated in the "New" RV by paying attention to little warning signs; squeaks, rattles, panel gauge readings, etc..

If buying used, ask the previous owner for maintenance documentation. If they do their own maintenance, ask them what they do and have them explain to you how they do it. Examples: Lubrication of slides, antennas, wheel bearings, anything that rotates, swings, glides, and slides, raises and lowers. Ask about water pumps, dump valves, water leaks.

Inspect the ceilings, especially inside cabinets. Look for body damage, crawl under the carriage, look at everything. Always make a list of questions to take with you. You'll be glad you did. New isn't always better, especially the payments.

I hope this helps. Good luck with whatever you find.

Nov 08, 2014
Check Electrics and Plumbing
by: Anthony

My advice would be to check all electrics, including lights, wipers, pumps, etc.

Also understand where the water tanks are for fresh water and waste water.

Make sure you have instructions manuals included, as it will make your life much easier if you do have a problem you need to fix.

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