Your heart is pounding; you can feel the blood coursing through your veins. Your nerves are tingling with anticipation. You are desperately trying to hide your excitement, but you already have your first five camping trips mentally planned and you haven’t even driven your new RV off the lot yet!
Purchasing an RV can be an exhilarating experience, whether it’s your first purchase or you’ve owned half a dozen. Even though there’s an adrenaline rush with the purchase of something new, don’t let the excitement cause you to forget your RV pre-purchase inspection. Here are 3 tips to remember when purchasing an RV.
Be Ready to Ask Questions
When making your first RV purchase, there are many things you don’t know that you don’t know. Do some research ahead of time and get a good idea of what to ask. If you know you tend to forget things in the excitement of the moment, write down some questions. Even when you’re nearly ready to take your new RV off the lot, don’t be hesitant to ask questions. Asking a few questions you’ve prepared in advance may help you think of other questions that specifically pertain to your new RV.
An RV is your home away from home. And just like there are a lot of parts and equipment that go into a house, the same is true for an RV, so it’s important you understand each part. You wouldn’t buy a home without inspecting it first, so take time to ask questions as part of your RV pre-purchase inspection.
You can steer clear of any stumbling blocks on your first major camping trip simply by asking some questions. It’s the best way to make sure you know your RV and feel comfortable with it. Your dealer will be familiar with everything in your new RV. Even if the model you are purchasing has some newer electronics that may be slightly different, they should be able to help you with any of your questions.
Go Over the Paperwork
Not only will you have a lot of questions about the RV itself, you will receive a lot of paperwork. There will be manuals for your RV, warranty information, documentation, and more. Take some time to ensure you have everything you need. In many cases, modern RVs use manuals built into apps or websites. If that’s the case, make sure you know how to access these!
Be sure to review everything and have a firm understanding of all the documents that explain information about your general RV ownership. Take as much time as you need with all the paperwork; don’t rush. This is all part of a thorough RV pre-purchase inspection.
Do Your Own “PDI”
When a new RV that a customer is purchasing is received by a dealer, a pre-delivery inspection is performed. Commonly referred to as a PDI, this inspection involves everything on the interior and exterior. It is geared toward ensuring that nothing arrived at the dealership in a damaged state. The dealer wants to be sure that all of the RV’s electronics function correctly. Additionally, they want to be certain that the water systems are airtight so that you’ll be ready to go when you come to get your new home-away-from-home.
Even though the dealer goes through the new RV and conducts an inspection, it’s always a good idea to do your own RV pre-purchase inspection. Ask the dealer for the opportunity to perform your own walkthrough. When you do, don’t rush. Take a good look to make sure your RV is exactly what you were expecting and all the amenities or upgrades, if any, that you ordered are as expected.
During this walkthrough, you can also speak with an RV tech to ask questions of an RV expert. They can guide you through parts of your new RV and help ensure you understand every piece and part!
Keeping these 3 tips in mind when conducting the RV pre-purchase inspection on your new RV will help you become more acclimated to your new RV, give you confidence when driving it, and give you the peace of mind knowing that the dealer checked it out in advance and you were able to go through it in detail as well.
The professionals at RV Wholesale Superstore are ready to help you find the perfect RV for you and your family. Visit us in-person at 5080 W. Alexis Road, in Sylvania, OH or call us at (866) 640-9871
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