Did you know that there are 11 states that have more than 100 state parks? There are so many places in America to see, hike, experience, and camp in.

And the only way to start ticking off all of those boxes, experiencing all that America has to offer, is to drive from park to park, river to river, and mountain to mountain.

And if long-term travel is on your to-do list, buying an RV is a much better option than paying for hotels. And if you’re on a tight budget, you can find the best used RV you can afford so that you can hit the road in comfort as soon as possible.

But how do you choose a used camper van or RV? Keep reading down below to find out now. 

Choosing the Perfect Size

The biggest consideration when buying an RV and meeting your budget is by limiting the size of your RV. Larger models will cost a lot more to purchase, maintain, and transport than smaller ones.

That’s why many people opt for a camper vans for sale mo rather than a huge motorhome. Camper vans are great for the traveling couple, but may or may not be ideal for a family with children.

What Amenities Are Needed?

You can find really cheap RVs that offer the necessities (beds) without all the bonus features, like a functional kitchen or bathroom.

If you plan to live in your RV, and travel to wilderness locations then you’ll definitely want to splurge for those amenities. But if you’re a weekend warrior visiting public campgrounds that offers restrooms and grills, you likely don’t need those things on board. 

Inspect Everything

RVs are naturally susceptible to the elements. So there’s a lot of hidden damage that may be present. Make sure to take the time to inspect each RV you are considering.

Look underneath to check for rust. Look for any signs of water damage or leaks. Ask about maintenance records and what has been updated or fixed recently.

And make sure to test each feature before signing anything. Plug it in, test the slideouts and electrical appliances. Practice setting up the awning to see if you have all the pieces. Check out the hookups to ensure they are going to work when you get to camp.

Financing the Best Used RV

When you buy from an RV dealership, you can get a great deal on a used RV. And the best part? You can also finance the RV with them.

Most of the time, when buying a cheap RV from an individual, you aren’t going to get a loan on it. It’s much easier to get RV financing when you buy used from a dealer.

That way, you can put just a little bit of money down so you can start camping today, rather than waiting years to save up. 

Finding Your Home on Wheels

RVs don’t have to be expensive. Almost anyone can find an RV that they can afford if they’re willing to buy used and buy smaller than they might originally hope.

Start looking for the best used RV options at your local dealer, along with online marketplaces to see what you can afford and live out your RV life dreams. 

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