Things to Watch Out for When Buying a New/Used RV

Buying an RV can be a really exciting time, but if you’re not too careful, it can prove to be quite the headache. Like any major purchase, it’s important to do your research and determine which unit is right for your budget and your needs. However, before you drive off the lot, you should follow our checklist for what to look out for on your RV:


  1. Are there any scratches, dents or any other damage to the body?
  2. Are there any chips or issues with the paint?
  3. Do all of the doors and panels lock properly?
  4. Take a look at the top of the RV to make sure everything there is in good shape.
  5. Do the generators work?
  6. Do all of the external lights work?
  7. Check the tire tread.
  8. Are the hoses/cables attached and in working order?


  1. Has the RV been cleaned and vacuumed?
  2. Do all of the gauges show the correct levels?
  3. Do all of the interior lights work?
  4. Are there any stains, tears or patches on the upholstery?
  5. If you’re renting, what’s the gas level?
  6. Is the refrigerator in working condition?
  7. Do all of the doors and cabinets inside close/lock properly?
  8. Run the sink, can you fill it with water and does it drain properly?
  9. Does the microwave work?
  10. Does the air conditioning work, and does the shower function properly?

Checking for these issues before you leave in your rental or purchased RV can help save you a lot of trouble in the future in case something needs to be fixed. As always, make sure you come to Reines RV for your next RV purchase and we’ll make sure you get an RV in great shape at a great price! Also, if you have any other things that people should look out for when buying an RV, leave us a comment below!