Vintage RVs- The New Way to Travel

You can buy a brand new RV for quite a chunk of change. The good news is that you know everything there is to know about your RV. Everything is new after all. The bad news it that new RVs often lack the unique charm and character of vintage RVs. That’s why we’re dubbing vintage RVs the new way to travel.

Most vintage RVs will cost you less than $15,000 to buy, many of which come with their all original interiors. Whether you go with modest updates or a full rehab, you’re getting something truly unique. Plus you get to customize your RV exactly the way you want it.

If you’ve never thought of remodeling a vintage RV, then take to the land of Pinterest! You’ll see tons of ideas, rehabs and inspiration. Take this amazing 1966 camper remodel. You’d never believe the before and after pictures.

The couple took everything out and put it back in throughout a labor of love that spanned the course of two summers. They added some new and kept some old for the perfect mixture of vintage flair with modern comforts.

BEFORE REMODEL- 1966 Vintage Camper

This camper went from a face only a mother could love to something truly beautiful! The couple purchased this old and unlovely camper for just $400 and after it was all remodeled, they only spent $2,200. Read the full story on Design Sponge.

Now, they have a camper they love and own without breaking the bank. Plus, they can join the exclusive and elite community of vintage RV lovers and owners.

Nearly 20,000 strong on Facebook, the group called Tin Can Tourists is about all things vintage RVs. They even have meetings and rallies for people to join. How cool is that?

In the end, buying a vintage camper is a very personal decision. But we think if you have a little DIY

in you and some spare time, it could be a great option! Still not sure? Well we have the after photo of the little camper you see above that just might turn you.

You can see photos of the adorable interior by visiting the website above. Would you consider remodeling a vintage RV? Why or why not?

What to Look for When Buying a Used RV

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Are finally ready to take the plunge? Buying an RV that is! Before you buy that motorhome from Craigslist,  make sure you check out these tips.

  • Can it hold water?
    • Whether you’re buying a new or used RV, your home should be waterproof. Make sure to thoroughly inspect your potential home for leaks and water damage.
      • Check the ceiling for any water stains.
      • Look for any bubbling or spongy interior sections. 
      • See if the lamination is coming off the windows.
      • Check for blisters or bubbling on the exterior. 
      • Inspect below the sinks and in the bathrooms, as well. 
  • Too much of a good thing. 
    • RV’s were made for the outdoors, but too much sun could damage both the interior and the exterior.
      • Check the plastic fixtures inside the RV to make sure they aren’t brittle from too much sun. 
      • Peek at the plastics and coverings on the seats, the dashboard and the steering wheel. Sometimes they can be dry rotted and cracking, which could lead to costly refinishing later on. 
      • If the RV has a sunscreen pullout get it out for inspection. See if it’s ripped, dry rotted, or otherwise damaged. 
      • Look around the outside of the RV and see if anything looks faded or weak. Sometimes the color is just lighter from being older, other times the damage is structural and could need repairs. 
  • That’s how you roll.
    • Check those tires! If one blows out, it could happen instantaneously, causing serious damage to your RV, your loved ones and even people around you.
      • Even if the tire looks good, they shouldn’t be more than seven years old.
      • Look for the proper amount of tread. 
      • See if the tires have any cracks. 
  • Might be a bit rusty. 
    • Depending on where a motorhome is parked, there may be rust on many of the metal surfaces, but there are some key places to lookout for the rusty culprit. 
      • The undercarriage of the RV. 
      • The Brakes.
      • Metal Frames. 
      • Pipes and Plumbing. 
      • Any Other Metal Fixtures. 
  • What’s cooking?
    • Always check out the appliances. If the RV owner says something is broken, but it’s a simple fix, don’t take their word for it. Repairs can be very expensive, and sometimes it’s not the most budget-friendly. Check these items first:
      • The gas stove is one of the most expensive appliances in an RV. Check to see that it’s working properly.
      • See if the air conditioning unit is working. 
      • Is the fridge cool? Does the freezer work?
      • Does everything on the control panel function?
      • Do the electronics work correctly?
      • If anything is motorized, does the motor still work?
  • Pipe up!
    • RV’s need to be winterized in colder states, if they aren’t it could mean serious damage to the pipes. Look out for the following issues:
      • Split water lines. 
      • Damaged water pumps.
      • Leaking waste tanks. 
  • Will the warranty come with?
    • The RV seller may say they purchased an extended warranty, but many times, that warranty doesn’t extend to a second buyer. Make sure to verify with the provider that the warranty is transferable. Many times they’ll transfer the RV warranty for a fee. Never assume that your motorhome is under warranty just because it’s less than a year old. 
  • A match made in heaven. 
    • Before you start hooking up your new rig, make sure your vehicle is able to tow that size RV. On the flip side, if you’ll be towing your vehicle behind your RV, make sure the rig can handle the weight. 
This list can help you get an RV that you’ll come home for years to come. Use your instinct, double check everything, and have a great time camping across America. RV buyers, what did you look for when purchasing your used RV?