16 Questions to Ask RV Dealers That Will Insure You Don’t Get Ripped Off

When you step foot on the RV dealer’s lot make sure you are prepared with these 16 crucial questions so you don’t get taken to the cleaners.

1. Can you deliver the camper?

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Photo credit: Alien Ted / Foter / CC BY-SA

You’re giving them a lot of your hard earned money, take advantage of any services they provide like delivering the camper to your home. This can be a deal breaker if you are buying online.

2. What other fees will I be charged? OR What’s my out-the-door price?

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Photo credit: bindermichi / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA

The total cost to take the camper home is always more than the cost of just the camper. There is sales tax, documentation fees and registry costs. Other than these three listed, I would question any other add-ons. Make sure you aware of any extra expenses and fees that go along with buying the camper so you’re not surprised when the bill comes. Yes, the documentation fee can sometimes be negotiable.

3. What is the cost if I pay for the camper in cash?

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Most RV dealers will make money off you financing, but it’s a lot less paper work for them if you pay with the green stuff. Expect to get close to a 5% discount by paying in cold hard cash.

4. Is there any equipment that comes as part of the purchase?

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Photo credit: Jon Delorey / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA

If the camper need new tires, mud flaps, touch-up, wipers, etc. See if you can get the dealer to throw them in as part of the deal.
5. What is the Term of the Loan and What is my Interest Rate?If you going down the financing road, thats fine, but do not sign anything until you completely 100% understand the details of the loan.
6. Has the Camper Been Used as a Demo or Rental?

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You don’t want to buy the camper thats been rented and abused 100 of times at tailgate parties.

7. Do You Have The Repair History For This Camper?
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If the camper is used, the dealership should be able to provide you with a record of any professional repairs that were done on the camper from an RV dealership’s garage. While it may not include all repairs It will help you get a good idea of what you’re buying.
8. Where Is The Buyers Guide?
According to federal law, every used camper with a motor must have some sort of “Buyers Guide” available. The Buyers Guide tells you things like if the dealer is selling the camper as is and if there is a warranty. The Buyers Guide will also tell you what the warranty will cover and how much money the dealership is responsible for contributing to repair costs. If  they say there is no Buyer’s Guide, I would walk away.
9. What Is Your Return Policy?

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Photo credit: Slideshow Bruce / Foter / CC BY

Believe it or not a lot of dealerships will except you returning your camper. You should ask so you know what your options are. If you feel like you got sold a total lemon, some states have lemon laws for used vehicles.
10. Can I See The Camper’s Title?
Title’s sometimes have a lot of information. In some states, a vehicle’s title must include if the camper was a salvage, a lemon buyback, or a rebuilt vehicle.
11. Will You Put That In Writing?
A dealer who is eager to sell, will sometimes say whatever it takes to get you to agree. Putting things in writing will make sure you get what you are promised.
12. Can You Confirm The Odometer Reading is Correct?

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Photo credit: Jack Snell. / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA

Unfortunately, Odometers are easy to tamper with and it happens all the time. If the dealer compares the recorded milage with the date of past repairs they can usually tell if everything is on the up and up.
13. Is There An Unexpired Manufacturer’s Warranty On This Vehicle?
If the camper is on the new side, it may still be covered under the original warranty without them even realizing it. It can’t hurt to ask.
14. Is that the best you can do? (watch the tone on this one)Some people are negotiating than others, this is a important question to make sure you are getting the best possible price.
15. Can I have a test drive?

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Much like buying a car, you have every right to see how the camper sounds, steers, takes bumps, etc. before buying

16. Does this camper make me happy?

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Photo credit: Owen’s / Foter / CC BY-NC

Last question. And this one is for yourself. Weather you admit it or not, hopping for campers is an emotional task. In the heat of the moment you can forget what brought you there in the first place. Make sure you are buying a camper hat is right for you and is going to fulfill your needs.