This page I wrote for my old rv website RVforSaleGuide.com before developing the Vanabode as the best travel vehicle for cheap easy long term road trips. People still like
big rv's despite the much greater cost and trouble to operate, so here's what I know about them.
RV for Sale Guide
Seven Commandments for Buying Correctly
RV for Sale Guide - Rv's
for sale everywhere so read for help choosing the right RV first. Seven
commandments governing the purchase of any make or model rv. Break just
one of these rules and you will probably be sorry for the rest of your
life, possibly ruining your rv ownership experience altogether.
I - Thou shalt NEVER buy an rv that has rust on critical areas
of frame or supporting body, this cannot be permanently fixed without
a huge expense.
II - Thou shalt NOT buy an rv for which you have not determined
your source for repair and replacement parts. If you can't find a supplier
in a month then you probably will never find that part. Many are surprised
when they see attractive $30,000+ rvs sitting idle and don't realize it
is normally due to replacement parts problems.
III - Thou shalt NOT purchase a project rv, one in need of substantial
conversions or repairs, without a clear, accurate cost estimate, deadlines
and plan for completion. "Great rv buying deals" can quickly
become embarrassing "projects that never get done".
IV - Thou shalt NOT purchase an rv until you have identified exactly
what problems you are trying to solve or what needs you are trying to
meet with the vehicle. The needs of a church for an inexpensive shuttle
bus vary greatly from those of a wealthy musician traveling 90,000 miles
a year, or the occasional camper. You may have many choices in the market
but only ONE will be your best solution - and the path to happiness starts
with identifying exactly what you need, NOT which pretty rv the salesman
can get you financed for the quickest.
V - Thou shalt NOT buy an rv without a complete professional inspection
of major parts, engine, transmission, frame, electrical, and air conditioning.
Warranties, service records, and history of vehicles use can be very valuable
in helping determine value. Visit RV loans
for help on a good rv loan, interest rate, and financing packages.
VI - Thou shalt NOT purchase an rv without an absolutely verifiable
title with year of original production in place. For instance, it is legal
in many states to "re-title" an older bus, say a 1980 model.
First the dealer will make repairs and renovations up to DOT standards.
Then they can legally re-title it. The new title will say, for instance,
year made, 2004. There is nothing wrong with this as long as it is disclosed
and the price reflects the value.
VII - Thou shalt NOT purchase an rv for charter use or church
transportation without having a complete business plan in place, including
insurance costs (which are routinely underestimated), license fees, maintenance
costs, repair estimates, and breakdown contingency plans. Financing is
typically the single most important issue to handle correctly up front
after purchase price and trade in value.
Above: Walgren Lake in Nebraska, one
of hundreds of free places you can camp using a Vanabode, offered
comfortable easily accessible free waterfront remote camping with very
few others around. We saw deer, cows, mice, fish, birds, bugs, and double