Fifth wheels (towable RV trailers) are rising in popularity as people see the benefit of going off-grid and traveling the country. You can save money on one by going used, a decision you won't regret if you take these precautions throughout your search.
Make Sure You See it in Person
Even when you buy a used fifth wheel, you'll still be looking at a pretty big investment. Don't take the chance of getting something subpar. You won't be misled or influenced into buying something that isn't in great condition if you look at used RV trailers in person.
You need to be able to see major aspects of these RVs up close, such as the bottom portion, the siding, roof, interior, wheels, axle, storage space, and utilities. You'll be less likely to make a bad decision when you analyze these things in real-time.
Review Its Ideal Purpose
What you plan on doing with a used fifth wheel trailer can be a highly influential factor that gives you direction in your search. For instance, if you plan on living out of this used RV trailer, then you have to make sure ample interior space and comfort are provided.
Whereas, if you're just using this trailer to go on family vacations a couple of times a year, you may not need as much room or as many features. And if you plan on doing many things with the used fifth wheel, you want something that is flexible and easy to adapt to your needs at the time.
Have a Mechanic Give Their Opinions
It would be devastating to end up with a used fifth wheel trailer that gives you a bunch of problems early on. That could lead to a lot of costs and repair time. You can avoid these RVs by getting an opinion from an appropriate mechanic.
They can look over things you're not that familiar with or capable of inspecting, including the transmission, engine, brakes, leak-resistance, and frame condition.
If there are issues, they can let you know what a repair looks like and let you know if the used RV is still worth pursuing so that you don't bite off more than you can chew in RV repairs and maintenance.
You want to be very planned when buying a used fifth wheel since it has been used prior to you purchasing it. If you're specific on what you want and know what condition you're walking into, then used RV buying will be easier for you.