5 Things to Look for When Buying a Used Caravan
With the high price tag of new caravan customers on a budget look for used caravans for sale instead. And while investing in a used caravan may seem like a sensible option, buyers still need to be smart in their choices.
Used caravans that are sold with hidden damage such as that from hail may become costly problems for the unsuspecting buyer. Here is a checklist from New Age Caravans of 5 ways to help check the condition and value before buying a used caravan.
Here are some steps to take when inspecting a used caravan for issues:
- Look carefully at the caravans exterior and interior.
- Look underneath the chassis for any existence of rust, plumbing and electrical work
- Check if the used caravan’s hitch and wiring is compatible with your tow vehicle
- Perform a leak test (use a hose if necessary)
- Have an engineer inspect the preloved caravan.
Look Carefully at the Caravans Exterior and Interior
Both the inside and outside condition of the used caravan may play a large role in its value. Make sure to check the interior upholstery carefully, along with any repairs to the exterior of the caravan. That’s not to say you shouldn’t purchase a caravan that has minor dents and scratches but you’ll want to make sure the exterior was repaired professionally and that the results are barely visible to the eye. Always open the toolboxes and tunnel boots and take a good look at the suspension and wheels. Overly rusted chassis or gas plumbing damage can be a strong indication that there may be trouble down the road. Infact the caravan may not pass a roadworthy test or gas compliance if these exist.
Check the Hitch and Caravan Wiring
You are responsible for the compatibility of your tow vehicle to the used caravan. Is your car’s hitch receiver tongue compatible for the hitch of the caravan? Do you require a ball mount hitch or is the hitch self-articulating? Most caravans have caravan wiring including a 12-pin plug, Anderson plug for power and sometimes a plug for a reverse camera and ESC sway control. The best person to check that the wiring is compatible and safe is an authorised auto-electrician. The caravan must have operational wiring to ensure a Roadworthy test is passed.
Perform a Leak Test
Any caravan that is leaking through the roof is needed repair. While you are inspecting the used caravan, request a hose to water the caravan on the roof and see how it fairs. If possible, use a ladder to see how the silicon seal conditions to hatches and airconditioning are. Mould, bubbling, flaking and mustiness in the used caravan’s interior is an indication of leaking.
Have an Engineer Inspect Your Caravan
Some people don’t want to pay for an Engineer inspect their used caravan before purchase. This may lead to unforeseen issues down the road. The cost to have a caravan inspected by a professional can be well worth the price. A mechanic is also a professional who can help you discover hidden problems and also assist with determining the caravans value.