The Ultimate Checklist When Buying a Used Caravan June 29th, 2020 in General by Danny SmithWhen you have a tighter hand at the budget and wish to buy a caravan, then a brand-new caravan comes with new appliances, furniture, and expensive fittings. All this may make your dream caravan out of reach. However, you can still fulfil your dream and enjoy a road trip with a used caravan. The market is full of second-hand options in Australia from where you can pick one for yourself. But, choosing the best one is the primary concern, which could be a little daunting. You need to carefully inspect the caravan before you buy, which will simply unravel the complexities of finding a pre-loved caravan. We have come up with some purchase considerations that will help you find a caravan that ticks all the right boxes. Let’s take a more in-depth look:Points to consider while calculating your budget for the caravan:The maximum towing capacity of our vehicle and any upgradations neededNumber of times you plan for a caravan tripSize of the caravan and capacity to accommodate peopleFeatures- segregating the essential and advanced featuresMargin to customize Apart from this, there are some other points to discuss with the seller:Years the caravan has been in useCaravan history and maintenance recordsYear of the last serviceThe distance the caravan has coveredAny major problems to be fixed It would be best if you made some more inspection checks, and you might be stressing over these. Believe us, you don’t need to, as the least auto-savvy buyer can also perform these inspections. You just need to be patient and take your time. In case your seller doesn’t let you perform the inspection, then that’s a clear indication that the caravan may have some major issues.Exterior Checks for the Caravan Poor exteriors can give you an idea of what condition the caravan is in. Also, you need to know; otherwise, it may give you numerous issues down the road. Here are some main things to check on the exteriors of the used caravan your intent to buy:Check for leaks, fading paints, and scratchesCheck ladder if adequately installed or notCheck for unusual sounds when you drive, rock, or shake the caravanInspect shock absorbers for wearCheck for seals around the doors and windowsCheck for rustCheck brake pads and hand brakesCheck all the towing equipment such as a hitch, jockey wheels, and jockey wheel bearingsCheck for gas bottles and connectionsCheck cables for fraying, damage, and make sure all power plugs work and all are watertightCheck seals around the windowsCheck whether the caravan has proper accessories such as awnings and annexes, extensions, and shades.Check for flooring, poles ropes and pegs, bags, and covers. If not, then you can buy it from XtendOutdoors, it offers the best deals on it.Interior Checks for the Caravan As you go from exterior to the caravan’s interior, you may get plenty of ideas to discover potential problems based on what you found outside. Use all your experience, knowledge, and be vigilant because it’s better to find issues at the moment and negotiate repairs during a purchase.Check for all the appliances such as fridge, TV, radio, or resource monitor, whether accurate or not.Check whether the satellite TV receives proper signals or not.Check for solar panels if installedCheck for shower, toilets, taps, and tanksKnock the inside of walls to check whether there are any hollow spots and cracksLook at the overall shape of interior framesCheck the condition of canvas and sealsCheck hinges and knobs in the kitchen areaThoroughly inspect cooktop and other cooking appliancesInspect electrical tags for complianceCheck for water stains on walls, windows, kitchen area. Check for dust on cupboards. If you think that you would need to clean the caravan later on after making a purchase then, you can use cleaning products from XtendOutdoors. You can use them both on the exterior and interiors of the caravan. Check out the link below to know about the complete range of cleaning products: https://www.xtendoutdoors.com.au/product-category/accessories/cleaning-products/ After going through the inspection, if you feel that you have found the right caravan that’s super comfy and has all the amenities, work on the negotiations. Compare different models as it will help you gauge how much worth it is. Evaluate your budget and cost of repairs, whether you have to make any adjustments to it? Discuss all these with your seller and when you find the terms and conditions satisfactory, move ahead with the purchase. These were some important tips when you decide to buy a caravan. We hope you found it useful. 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