Things to Avoid
Avoid these critical circumstances and damaging situations:
- Water damage– Even the slightest hint of water damage should be a deal breaker. Water damage of any kind if expensive to repair and this type of damage within an RV should be avoided at all costs. Check outside of the unit for soft spots on the roof, bubbling on the outside walls and cracked or separated sealants. When in the kitchen and bathroom area, check for water damage in the floor by jumping up and down a few times. Sounds silly, I know, but it is an easy way to check for soft flooring. If one or two spots are softer or give more than the rest of the floor, its very likely due to water damage and rotting.
- Mold-This problem is a direct issue from water damage. An effect of water damage, mold should be looked for in corners of floors and ceilings, especially around bathroom fixtures. Open a cabinet door or two and check for mold with a flashlight. While the standard ‘smell test’ can alert you to mold, sometimes you have to rely on the sense of touch. If a closet or cabinet feels warmer than the rest of the RV, it’s a good bet mold is growing in that area.
- Obvious signs of neglect- Similar to checking a car’s wellbeing before buying, its always important to note how well an RV has been cared for. If it shows obvious the signs of neglect, such as old, torn belts, low oil and transmission fluid levels, and/or tire treads worn out completely, it is a safe bet the RV didn’t get the TLC it needed. When test driving, give it the 16-point check: blinkers, ac and heater, brakes, horn, windshield wipers and the other knobs and controls on the dash. If there are clear signs of neglect, it is best to step away from the sale.
- Outdated tires- In addition to checking for little or no tread patterns left on the tires, there is another way to make sure that the RV tires aren’t too old to be useful. Checking the sidewalls for the DOT label is important. There will be a four-digit number following this label. If it shows DOT 1021, the tires would have been made the middle of March, in 2021. The first two numbers represent the week the tire was made, while the last two digits are the production year.
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