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There are many appealing reasons to travel by RV. You can take a lot of stuff with you wherever you go, you can drive as long as you want and shut down for the night without worrying about lodging, and you can enjoy the pleasures of camping out without the physical hardships of sleeping in a tent. The big drawback to an RV, though, is the price tag. Even a used RV costs tens of thousands of dollars, and most people just can’t afford that kind of investment in a vehicle they will leave parked most of the year.
Buying a salvaged RV is a good alternative if you can’t afford a new RV or even a good used one. An RV that has been written off as a total loss by an insurance company may actually be in good enough condition for someone who knows what he is doing to fix it up for a reasonable cost in replacement parts and labor. If you are handy with tools and understand mechanical systems, you could buy an RV that is wrecked and rebuild it yourself for far less money than it would take to buy one that is in good condition.
Watch Online Salvage Sites for a Salvaged RV
You can shop around for a salvaged RV, or a wrecked one that you can salvage yourself, by looking in your local newspaper ads or visiting your nearby RV dealership. Another good place to look is online at are salvage auction brokerage sites like Bid Master. Their listings include used cars, trucks, snowmobiles, and RVs. With many listings for wrecked and salvaged RVs that change every week, you might be able to find exactly what you are looking for by keeping an eye on the available auctions. Buying through an online salvage auction has a lot of advantages, including the likelihood of getting a great price on a used vehicle, and having a company with years of experience handling the transaction and related paper work for you.
Look Before You Buy
Before you decide to bid on a wrecked or salvaged RV, try to visit the lot and physically inspect the vehicle yourself. Look for damage that might not be clearly described in the auction listing. If the vehicle is in running condition, take it for a test drive to see how it handles. Watch for vibrations and misalignment that could be warning signs of serious problems, such as a bent frame. Check the engine fluids for signs of burning or serious wear. Assess how much it will cost to refurbish the cabinetry and appliances inside the RV. If you can't inspect the RV, be sure to make good use of the available pictures, or ask the seller questions.
Do some comparison shopping to see what the market is like for similar vehicles in good condition. If you are buying a salvaged RV or a wrecked one that you plan to restore, you should be able to get it for a price that is far below the cost of a similar RV at your local used vehicle dealership.