Buying a Used Monaco

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iIf you can picture yourself basking in the luxury of a new Monaco motorhome but can't picture yourself writing a check for that sticker price, maybe you should think about buying used. Buying a used Monaco can enable you to afford many of the upgrades that might put a new one out of your reach. Yet because Monaco makes high-quality motorhomes, you can be sure your used Monaco will give you years of enjoyment. Our guide to buying a used motorhome will demystify the process of buying a pre-owned RV.

When buying a used Monaco, 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 Monaco RV dealer nearest you or to request information. Used Monaco 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.

There are many good reasons to buy a pre-owned Monaco 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.

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 Monaco caters to the most discriminating buyers, livability should not be an issue. However, don't sacrifice comfort for a "good deal." If the amenities are great but the floor plan doesn't work for you, for example, keep looking at other used Monaco models until you find the one that's perfect.

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