Buying a Used Dutchmen

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Whether you're considering buying a new or used Dutchman travel trailer or fifth wheel, you pretty much can't go wrong with a Dutchmen. This venerable brand boasts many repeat owners. If you're a first-time travel trailer owner, however, a used Dutchmen might be a good way to get started in the RV lifestyle. You'll get a high-quality brand at a price that won't break the bank. Our guide to buying a used RV will demystify the process of buying pre-owned.

There are many good reasons to buy a pre-owned Dutchmen RV, especially if it's your first RV purchase. Many first-time buyers want to buy a new RV because they erroneously assume they will be able to drive their brand-new vehicle 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 units 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 Dutchmen, 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. 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 Dutchmen RV dealer nearest you or to request information. Used Dutchmen 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. Brakes, axles and stabilizing jacks
2. Water lines, tanks and valves
3. Propane system
4. Electrical components, such as inverter and battery charger
5. Heating and/or air conditioning ducting
6. Furnace and air conditioner
7. Frame and subfloor
8. Hitch welds and wiring

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.

If you're considering buying a used Dutchmen fifth wheel or conventional travel trailer, the hitch and tow vehicle are major considerations. If you already own a tow vehicle, be aware you will have to purchase a fifth wheel receiver specific to the make of your truck. These are not interchangeable from make to make. In other words, a Dodge receiver cannot be transferred to a Ford. When considering buying a used Dutchmen conventional travel trailer, thoroughly inspect the hitch welds.

After you've looked the Dutchmen over, 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 Dutchmen fifth wheel or travel trailer 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 Dutchmen can be a rewarding experience. If you're ready to buy a used Dutchmen fifth wheel or conventional travel trailer, click on "Dutchmen RVs" right now, and we'll direct a quote request or a request for information to a Dutchmen dealer near you.