If you are in the market for a fifth wheel camper, you might be thinking about buying used instead of new to cut your costs. In most cases, used fifth wheel campers are a great investment, but you have to know what to look for to ensure that you're getting a good deal on a camper that's going to last you a long time. Here's a look at what you need to know as you start shopping for your used fifth wheel.
Know That You'll Need A Different Tow Hitch
When it comes to fifth wheel campers, it's important to remember that you can't tow these trailers with standard tow hitches. As you narrow your budget, remember to account for the purchase and installation of a fifth wheel tow hitch for the camper as well. If you're buying the camper from a dealership, you may be able to have them install the tow hitch as a part of the purchase agreement.
Lengths Vary Widely With Fifth Wheel Campers
Because of the way that they attach to the hitch, fifth wheel campers are towed differently, making it easier to extend their length. You'll find that fifth wheel campers are often longer than traditional-hitch varieties, but you may not experience the full length since part of the trailer will sit over the back of the truck. Consider that and your comfort level with towing when you determine the right size camper for your needs.
Storage Tanks Can Suffer Wear And Tear
Most fifth wheel campers include storage tanks for freshwater, greywater, and blackwater. Over time, those tanks can suffer wear and tear. Make sure that you inspect the tanks, test them for leaks, and look for any signs of damage.
Additionally, fill each tank and check the tank meter levels. Make sure that the sensors inside each tank are reading accurately. Otherwise, you may find that you have to pay for replacements, which can be costly when you don't plan for it ahead of time.
Flooring Can Suffer From Wear And Water Damage
The water lines that run beneath the floor of the camper may freeze over the winter. If the lines were not properly winterized, you may find that the lines freeze and the camper suffers water damage. Check the flooring of any used fifth wheel before you buy it. If you feel any soft areas of flooring, climb under the fifth wheel and see if you can spot any indications of water damage or similar issues. The more thorough you are about this inspection, the better chances you'll have of getting a used camper that will last your family for many years.
For more information about used fifth wheels, contact a dealership.