Buying a Used Keystone

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The Keystone Montana has been the top-selling fifth wheel for several years running. That's no surprise, since it's durable yet luxurious. And since the Montana is widely distributed, you can get an outstanding deal on a used Keystone Montana in virtually any locale. Of course, Keystone also makes many other models of fifth wheels and conventional travel trailers, and they're all available used. If you've never purchased a used RV before, don't worry. Let our guide to buying a used RV help demystify the experience for you.

There are many good reasons to buy a pre-owned Keystone RV. Sticker price is one. But perhaps a better reason is that buying used gives you more RV for your buck. Those upgrades you couldn't afford on a new model? They become very affordable on an RV that's two or three years old. Buying a used Keystone travel trailer or fifth wheel allows you to plunge into the RV lifestyle without a huge cash outlay. Plus, when you later trade in your used model for a new one, you won't lose as much value to depreciation.

When buying a used Keystone Montana (or any other model), remember that your local dealer is your best friend. Not only does your local dealer offer used RVs at reasonable prices, but the experts at the dealership have gone over every RV with a finetooth comb, which gives you a hedge against hidden defects. Use the search feature on our main page to locate the used Keystone RV dealer nearest you or to request information. Used Keystone prices vary based on model, mileage and condition.

Buying a used Keystone is much too complicated to thoroughly cover in a brief buying guide like this. Let's just cover the basics.

With any used RV, begin by inspecting the interior. Look for excessive caulking around windows, which may indicate water leakage. Check the upholstery, flooring and window coverings for rips, tears or repairs. Check out the appliances to make sure they're in good working order. Later, move outside and inspect the hitch welds. Look for rust in the wheel wells or on the undercarriage. And test any slide-outs to make sure they perform smoothly, with no grinding or other alarming sounds.

Next, perform a livability test. Have everyone pile into the travel trailer and move around. Is there enough sitting room for everyone? Can two people easily pass in the hallway? Check out the bathroom. Can you close the door from the inside? Is the shower comfortably roomy?

A used Keystone Montana makes an excellent choice precisely because of the livability factor. New models come with a choice of 10 floor plans, so it pays to look at many used models to find the floor plan that's perfect for you. Plus, touches like real wood trim and metal drawer slides stand up to heavy usage, so a used Keystone Montana can continue to provide you with years of enjoyment.

Of course, you're also going to want plenty of information about the mechanical condition of any used RV. But do you really have the knowledge and tools to pressure test the propane system?

Generally speaking, rely on your local RV dealer to perform the critical system tests, while you concentrate on the easy-to-see items. At a minimum, your RV dealer will test and inspect all of these components on every used RV they offer:

* Brakes, axles and stabilizing jacks
* Water lines, tanks and valves
* Propane system
* Electrical components, such as inverter and battery charger
* Furnace and air conditioner
* Frame and subfloor

The final thing you should do before buying any used RV is take it for a test drive. You can point out any mechanical issues to your sales person, who can get them resolved. And don't forget to request an overnight stay in your used Keystone before making your purchase decision. This will give you an opportunity to test out all the systems and get a feel for how livable the RV really is.

Buying a used Keystone Montana (or any other model) can be a rewarding experience. If you're ready to buy a used Keystone travel trailer or fifth wheel, click on "Keystone RVs" right now, and we'll direct a quote request or a request for information to a Keystone dealer near you.