What You Need To Check When Buying a Used Caravan

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If you are buying a used caravan, even from a dealership, there are lot of things you need to check so that you end up buying something that will develop problems, which will result in costly. Unfortunately, you may not know all the things you need to check for especially when it's your first time. In addition, you can easily forget important things, which is why you need a checklist. To help you, here are important things you should include in the checklist.

Moisture Build-Up

You should check for any signs of moisture build-up or dampness in the caravan. Repairing a damp caravan is usually very expensive. Dampness can lead to the growth of mould, which can be problematic as well to get rid of. You can simply smell dampness sometimes but the best way to check for it is to find a damp metre from a local store to help you check the moisture levels better. In addition to the damp metre, you want to look at physical signs as well. Check the corners, the bed boxes, and inside the lockers and cupboards. How does the floor feel underfoot? A spongy-like floor is a sign of high levels of moisture. Look at the condition of the ceiling as well as any external damages. You want to make sure nothing will allow for water ingress, which will result in costly repairs.

Condition of the Caravan's Running Gear and Chassis

Look under the running gear and chassis of the caravan for any signs of rust, corrosion, and other damages. Look at the suspension and hitch as well for damages because repairs on these components can be very expensive. Look out for any signs of underseal or paint that could be hiding something. Make sure the hitch mechanism of the caravan can move freely.

Condition of the Doors and Windows

You want to make sure that windows and doors will lock properly. Check that all the hinges and locks are secure. To ensure that you won't have water problems, check the caravan's main door to ensure that it is fitted with a watertight material all round. For plastic windows, make sure there is no crazing or cracking. Look for any signs of internal condensation in the double glazed window units. All these things will require replacements and repairs, which can be expensive. In addition, it can be hard to find parts of old caravans.


Checking the things above when buying a used caravan will help find that is in good operating condition and at a favourable price too.


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