Buying a Used Tiffin Motor Homes

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Some people balk at the idea of buying a used motorhome because they're concerned about service after the sale. That's not a problem with Tiffin motorhomes. Tiffin has built a reputation of providing the best customer service in the business, whether on new models or pre-owned ones. Yet because Tiffin makes such high-quality motor homes to begin with, you can probably find a used model that will serve you for years to come. Our guide to buying a used Tiffin motorhome will help you navigate the complex waters of buying pre-owned.

There are many good reasons to buy a pre-owned Tiffin motorhome, especially if it's your first RV purchase. Many first-time RV buyers want to buy a new RV because they erroneously assume they will be able to drive their brand-new motorhome off the dealer's lot and take it on a cross-country trip. Not so. Because every RV is handcrafted, it's very common for new RVs to spend time in and out of the dealership during the first year for repairs. When you buy a used RV, these minor problems have all been resolved.

When buying a used Tiffin, remember that your local dealer is your best friend. Not only does your local RV dealer offer used motorhomes 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. Plus, a dealership will be there to service your RV after the sale. Use the search feature on our main page to locate the used Tiffin RV dealer nearest you or to request information. Used Tiffin prices vary based on model, mileage and condition. It's often possible to find bargain-priced used RVs that were purchased new by retirees who subsequently decided the RV lifestyle wasn't for them.

Buying a used RV is much too complicated to thoroughly cover in a brief buying guide like this. Rely on your local RV dealer to perform the critical system tests, while you concentrate on the easy-to-see items. Your RV dealer will test and inspect all of these components on every used RV they offer:

1. Engine and drive train
2. Brakes, axles and stabilizing jacks
3. Water lines, tanks and valves
4. Propane system
5. Electrical components, such as inverter and battery charger
6. Heating and/or air conditioning ducting
7. Furnace and air conditioner
8. Frame and subfloor

This list represents the bare minimum that must be inspected to ensure the safety of a used RV. In reality, most RV dealers inspect far more items than this. Be prepared for your sales person to offer you a list of literally dozens of details the dealer has inspected, tested or repaired on the used RV you're considering.

So what should you inspect yourself? Start with the interior. Look for excessive caulking around windows, which may indicate water leakage. Look closely at the upholstery, flooring and window coverings. Are they all free from rips, tears or repairs? If the RV contains mechanical devices, such as a sofa bed, make sure they all function smoothly. Open and close the cabinet doors. Check out the appliances to make sure they're in good working order.

Next, conduct a livability test on any used RV you're seriously considering buying. As you move through the RV, think about how you intend to use it. Can two people pass each other in the hallway? Is the galley large enough? Too large? Are the appointments all to your liking? Because Tiffin is known for its comfortable furnishings and thoughtful floor plans, you should be able to find a used Tiffin that meets your livability test.

After you've thoroughly inspected the Tiffin, take it for a test drive. You can point out any mechanical issues to your sales person, who can get them resolved. Lastly, don't forget to request an overnight stay in your used Tiffin motor home 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 motor home really is.

Buying a used Tiffin can be a rewarding experience. If you're ready to buy a used Tiffin motorhome, click on "Tiffin RVs" right now, and we'll direct a quote request or a request for information to a Tiffin dealer near you.
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