I just went through what your about to embark on. I’m in my first month of ownership. I’m a person who is mechanically minded and in my rush to purchase still ended up costing me hundreds extra. If I had any advice for you it would be. Whoever you consider buying from weather it private sale of dealership, remember they are trying to rid themselves of their present RV for multiple reasons. either it’s to small, to old, tired of issues or want to trade up and can’t get any trade in value so are looking for cash.
There are several major items that need close attention. Remember there are owners who understand the value of maintenance and are religious at oil changes, exhaust systems, front end parts, drive trains, cosmetic issues, component options function, etc. The previous owners who keep maintenance records of every expense of maintenance work is key. These folks are aware of the necessity of caring for a high dollar investment and are more aware of up and coming expenses which are by the way inevitable. So what do you do?!
• Ask to see maintenance records. (there should be a thick binder of them, if not, you starting to see)
• How many owners have enjoyed the RV (less the better but remember you can’t own these without investing)
• Make sure there is a user manual. (without it you’re up the creek without a paddle)
• Go through every option with the seller (AC, Generator, appliances, hot water, bathroom, shower, lights, etc.)
• Fill all the holding tanks and look for leaks. (These are notorious for springing a leaks)
• Check the certification on the propane tank. (have them recertify if necessary)
• Test drive at highway speeds. (get a feel for the power for climbing hills or lack of if you decide to pull something.
These are just a few things and remember a cared for RV will show it and one that hasn’t been cared for will also show it. Good luck, Mike