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Finding Hidden Problems with a Travel Trailer Inspection

When buying a new or used RV, it’s imperative to conduct a travel trailer inspection. It will help you determine some of the issues that can hinder the travel trailer’s efficiency. Unfortunately, there are some hidden problems that you can never find out so quickly if you don’t know what to look for.

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What parts of a travel trailer should be inspected before purchasing?

Some RV sellers with a lesser reputation are ignorant about their travel trailer issues, which they will never disclose when selling the RVs to you. That’s why you should do pre-purchase inspections to find the problems you need to know of. Here are some of the crucial points to inspect.

  1. Exterior of RV
  2. Tires, Wheels, and Axles
  3. Utility Connections
  4. Propane Tanks
  5. Trailer Hitch
  6. Water Systems
  7. Interior of RV

1) Exterior of RV

When inspecting the exterior, check for stains and mold to ensure it’s clean. Also, check if there are holes and holes in the sealant on all seams, including windows. Finally, press the exterior walls to check if there are soft areas on the wall.

2) Tires, Wheels, and Axles

Most people forget to inspect tires and wheels, yet they are among the most vital RV components. So, check the tires’ age and condition instead of trusting what RV sellers say. Check for tread life, tire brand name, cracks, and uneven wear patterns.

You also need to check if the axle is bent because a bent axle can wear down your tires within a few months. Perform a visual inspection for a bent axle.

3) Utility Connections

Check for water, sewer, cable, and power connections to ensure all are accessible and damage-free. Does water leak at the connection point? Can the power cord connect appropriately to the travel trailer? Ensure that all utility connections work efficiently.

4) Propane Tanks

What is the age of the propane tanks, and has the seller re-certified them? Propane tanks need to get recertified after 12 years. Then, they have to get recertified every five years after that. You can find the manufacture date on the tanks’ collar.

5) Trailer Hitch

Another important RV component to inspect is the hitch. Is the locking device moving freely? Can you quickly insert a cotter pin into it for locks? If you already hitched the travel trailer, you need to test the emergency breakaway pin/cable. 

6) Water Systems

Examine every sink to check for leaks when you turn on taps. Try to look for soft spots and other signs of water damage. Also, please turn on the water pump to ensure it is working effectively. Also, the water holding tank should not leak. 

7) Interior of RV

When examining a travel trailer’s interior, you must ensure that:

  • Windows have no cracks
  • All the interior lights work properly
  • There is no staining on the cloth ceiling
  • The air conditioner is in good working condition
  • All doors close securely without having to slam them
  • All the electronics and kitchen appliances work efficiently
  • The furniture and driver’s seat have no stains, tears, or peeling
  • There are no stains, mold growth, or water damages on the floor

Other Key Components to Inspect Before Deciding

There are many other components to inspect in a travel trailer, including.

  • Floor conditions
  • Interior walls
  • RV mattresses
  • Travel trailer slides
  • Ceiling damages 

Finding a Reputable Travel Trailer 

To get a reliable travel trailer, you need to conduct a travel trailer inspection. Thankfully, this inspection checklist will help you know what to look for in the travel trailer. The good news is that Camperland offers used and new travel trailers that are in good condition and ready to hit the road.

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