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Top Things To Consider When Buying A Used RV, Part Two

If you’re thinking about buying an RV for an upcoming road trip or vacation, there are a variety of trailer types and styles to choose from. In part one of this two-part series, we discussed how important it is to do your research and set a reasonable budget before you start shopping for a used RV. In part two, we’ll discuss some popular RV options, including fifth wheel trailers and folding trailers. If you’re shopping for new or used RV trailers, be sure to visit Colorado RV Center today!

Fifth Wheel Trailers

Fifth wheel trailers are very popular among Colorado RV owners. The only main difference between these trailers and travel trailers is that they feature a gooseneck connector that attaches to the tow vehicle. The gooseneck extends over the back of the towing truck and can be connected and secured to the truck from the bottom of the trailer. While these trailers can also be filled with luxurious amenities, they require a truck with an open or flatbed to tow it. This can be an issue for large families, as there is not much passenger space available. Let’s look at some pros and cons of fifth wheel trailers below:

Pros

  • Fifth wheel trailers offer a better connection to the towing vehicle with its gooseneck rig
  • The overhanging section of the trailer offers the user more storage and living space
  • Often outfitted with modern amenities and conveniences

Cons

  • Limited options to the towing vehicle that can be used
  • Less passenger space on longer trips

Folding and Tent Trailers

If you’re looking for a small RV, you may want to consider folding and tent trailers. These trailers feature collapsible compartments that can be folded in to reduce their external profiles. This makes them easier to store when not in use. While some folding trailers are built with hard composite walls, others are constructed with durable tent canvases. The perfect trailer to take on a weekend camping adventure, tent trailers are lightweight and easy to maneuver. They also offer many options for towing vehicles, including small trucks, station wagons, and even full sized sedans. Unfortunately, due to the nature of its design, folding trailers can be difficult to store things in. Most supplies and equipment you bring along on your trip will need to be carried separately. It’s also important to note that the folding joints and canvas sections are prone to wearing out and developing leaks. Some pros and cons to keep in mind for this trailer include:

Pros

  • Folding trailers are lightweight and easy to maneuver
  • There are a wide range of vehicles that can be used to tow it
  • They are often inexpensive when compared to other trailers

Cons

  • Limited interior space and little to no storage space
  • More exposure to harsh elements like rain, snow, and hail

Sports Utility Trailers and Toy Haulers

If you’re looking for a trailer to help tow your motorbike or vintage car, you may want to consider a sports utility trailer or toy hauler. These trailers combine the basic features of a travel RV and a sport utility trailer. A great option for those people with ATVs, dirt bikes, and snowmobiles, the rear compartment of these trailers can be used to store sporting vehicles and other outdoor necessities. The forward compartments can be set up with living spaces for campers, however, most of these trailers have very little space for people to lounge. Some people may not enjoy being in such close proximity to their motorized equipment, so it’s important to keep this in mind when you start shopping. Some pros and cons of toy haulers include:

Pros

  • They offer dual purpose function
  • They provide a small living space for those traveling long distances
  • Can be outfitted with updated appliances and amenities

Cons

  • The close proximity to the garage area can expose campers to hazardous materials
  • Less useable interior space compared to other trailers

Determine an Age Range

When you start shopping for a pre-owned RV, you open yourself up to a large range of models, which can be a bit overwhelming at first. It’s important to remember that not all models will have the features you are looking for, and if technology isn’t much of a concern for you, and older model may be the way to go. If modern conveniences like a full-sized refrigerator or a big screen TV are at the top of your list, you may want to look at newer RV models that are within your budget.

As you can see, there are many things to consider as you begin your search for the perfect used RV. At Colorado RV Center, we’re proud to be a leading provider of new and used RVs, and we would love to help you find the perfect RV to call home. Shop for your RV online today!

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