Buying a used caravan is exciting but you need to take care to make sure you’re not buying someone else’s problems. With so many vans available online, it pays to know what you’re looking for when inspection your potential new dream caravan.
Before you start
First thing you will need to do is figure out what kind of caravan you would like. Do you want an easy to tow pop top or would you like the extra cupboard space of a full size caravan?
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Make sure the caravan you pick is able to be legally towed by your vehicle. Most vehicle will display the braked towing capacity in the door frame (drivers or passenger) or in the log book.
When you’ve found your caravan of choice, check the condition of its body.
- Scrapes and dents – If you find any, determine if they’re superficial or whether they’re contributing to a more serious problem.
- Check the roof for deteriorated joint sealant – This could suggest leaks.
- Check the wheel bearings and listen for any knocking sounds.
- Check for cracks in the chassis.
- Look at the electrical, gas, brake and water lines, and the water tank.
- Open and close doors, windows and cupboards, and ensure keys open all locks.
- View the registration papers and make sure the vehicle identification number (VIN) matches the number listed.
- Ask to take the caravan to a weighbridge to ensure it meets legal road-weight limits.
- Check service history – ask to see evidence that the caravan has been regularly maintained and serviced.
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