The dilemma of buying new or used has graced Americans with all types of vehicles, including RVs for years. Many people love the idea of a new vehicle, but don't know if the extra money is worth it. Both buying a new RV or an old RV have pros and cons.
One of the biggest factors when deciding on a new RV purchase or an old is depreciation. As with any other vehicle, once it leaves the manufacturer's lot, the value drops significantly. As a matter of fact, a brand new RV is twice as expensive as a three year old RV.
Maintenance, however, can be an issue. When buying a used RV, you don't know where it has been or what problems it has faced. You may be picking up someone else's problem and not even know it. It is important to do a full inspection on used RVs before purchasing so you don't end up spending additional money on repairs.
Purchasing an RV is like the combination of purchasing a new car and a new home. When you purchase a new RV, you don't have to worry about what someone else has done in your bed, or what has been in the refrigerator before. Everything is brand new. With used RVs, there is always the unknown.
The age-old question of buying new or used carries on to RV selections. In the end, purchasing RVs used or brand new comes down to personal preference.