First of all, you need to know what you want and need from this RV. Only then you can start your search.
If you’re considering buying it online, make sure you can contact the actual seller in order to ask them as many questions as you can think of and for photos of the vehicle. Is it ever been in an wreck? Why did they decide to sell the RV? Has it been well maintained? Can they guarantee their answers?
Using your e-mail, nobody can back out from something they wrote!
If you buy locally, carry with you this list of questions and specifications, you’ll look like you absolutely know what you’re talking about. The salesperson will think that you know your stuff! We know you do…
Pretty both inside and out
Tap around with your fingers to see if you can feel if there has been any filling that you haven’t been informed of. Look on the roof for caulking around the air conditioner. Check the windows, do they show any cracks? How about the benders? any rust?
On the inside, look for leaks or water damage. If you can spot stains ask if something was spilled or if it’s plumbing problem. How about the walls? Is the laminate rippled or separating? Check the appliances to see if the work properly. Look under the seats of the dining table.
You should have your “expert” list with you and see if you can find all the features that you were looking for: awnings, kitchen supplies and extras, types of stereos, among others.
Check if the Grey Water Cap and the Black Water cap, neither of them should leak.
Start your engines
It’s no different than a regular car, you want to check engine, transmission, brakes, tires, electrical; but for a motorhome, also check the drive train, and the water supply and plumbing systems.
What’s the score??
Rate it according to your needs and don’t panic if the score is low because it may be related to things that you can easily fix and you still want to buy it.