Summary: There is no clear winner when it comes to buying a new RV either used or new, just different trade-offs.
Are you considering buying a new camper? The argument about buying new versus used has both its ups and downs. Unlike buying a new car, even new campers come with their share of problems. Here is a look at the pros and cons of both approaches:
- A used RV will be less expensive. The price difference might justify the costs you will need to incur on small repairs and replacements.
- The issues and kinks have been worked out by the previous owners.
- If the RV is your home then sending it away to the dealer for repairs for long periods of time can be problematic, so in this case not having a warranty is a good thing.
- The primary drawback is the lack of warranty, although you can sign up for a post-warranty maintenance However, this only applies to those who don’t maintain the RV themselves.
- Another issue is that there might be problems that the previous owner did not disclose at the point of sale.
- There will also be some initial costs for replacements. Items like mattresses, cushions, and upholstery might need replacement based on wear and tear.
- It’s new, and everything has a fresh duty cycle.
- You will control the history and upkeep of the RV.
- A new RV does not necessarily mean that it will not have problems. There are kinks in all RV’s that you will need to work out.
- The usefulness of the warranty will depend on the dealer and the amount of coverage you get.