The pros and cons of buying a new vs. used RV

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.

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