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How do you inspect a travel trailer before you complete the purchase?

Travel Trailer Inspection Before Purchase

Buying a travel trailer is a different experience than buying a car or a house. The inspection should be handled as a mix between the two. Inspecting a travel trailer before purchase is a crucial step to ensure you are making a wise investment, especially considering the assurance that comes with a comprehensive warranty like those offered by Warranty Direct Protect (WDP). Here is a helpful RV Buying Guide for other tips and purchase considerations.

It is recommended to hire a professional inspector. To schedule a professional RV inspection or to learn more about how this service complements our warranty plans, please visit RV Inspections on Warranty Direct Protect's website. Here’s a general guide to help you conduct a thorough inspection:

1. Exterior Inspection

- Body Condition: Look for any dents, scratches, or rust. Check the body for signs of damage or repairs.

- Windows and Doors: Ensure they open and close properly and that seals are intact to prevent leaks.

- Roof: Examine the roof for any cracks, leaks, or damage. A well-maintained roof is essential for the longevity of the travel trailer.

- Tires: Check for tread wear and ensure they are of the right type and size. Remember, tire condition can be a safety issue during travels.

- Undercarriage: Look for signs of rust or damage. This includes the axles, chassis, and any visible plumbing or wiring.

2. Interior Inspection

- General Cleanliness and Odor: A clean, odor-free interior can indicate good maintenance.

- Upholstery and Surfaces: Check for any tears, stains, or damages.

- Appliances and Systems: Test the refrigerator, stove, heating and cooling systems, and any other appliances for functionality.

- Electrical Systems: Check all lights, outlets, and other electrical systems to ensure they are working properly.

- Plumbing: Test taps, shower, toilet, and look for leaks or water damage.

3. Structural Integrity

- Walls and Floors: Check for soft spots, which can indicate water damage or rot.

- Ceiling: Look for stains or sagging that might indicate a leaky roof.

4. Safety Features

- Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Ensure they are present and functional.

- Fire Extinguisher: Check that it is in date and accessible.

- Escape Routes: Ensure all potential escape routes are accessible and not blocked.

5. Documentation and History

- Service Records: Reviewing the service history can give insights into how well the trailer was maintained.

- Warranty: Check if there is any transferable warranty. For further peace of mind, consider a WDP extended warranty, especially for used travel trailers.

6. Miscellaneous

- Slide-outs and Awnings: Test any slide-outs and awnings for smooth operation.

- Hitch and Towing Gear: Ensure they are in good condition and compatible with your vehicle.

After a thorough inspection, if you decide to purchase, remember the importance of a reliable extended warranty. WDP specializes in RV warranties, offering comprehensive coverage that enhances your peace of mind on the road. Our warranty options cover a wide range of issues that could arise, supported by an extensive mobile technician network, ensuring you're never stranded.

For more detailed information or to get a specific RV extended warranty quote click this link or contact our customer support at 844-730-4730. We’re here to assist you in making your travel trailer experience worry-free and enjoyable.


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