Planning to tour around expansive Australia in a campervan with a limited budget? Instead of renting out one for more than a week or buying brand new, you can go for the third option which is to buy a used campervan instead. This can be a smart move but this can also be a potentially money hole when you do not know what you are doing. Getting your inspection right before buying will have direct impact to your vacation experience. When your vehicle is in good condition, this will translate into more time driving the scenic roads and basking on the joys of motor camping.
Start from the outside
You need to start your inspection outside because in most cases the most obvious signs of wear and tear can already be seen on the exterior. When you do not like what you see you can easily walk away from the deal and not waste time on a campervan that was not given proper maintenance by the owner. A quick walk around should do it for you. Check for paint discoloration, and chipping or cracking on the body of the vehicle. Start looking for water damage near the roof line. Discoloration is a good way to tell of such damage. You can check for possible leaks better from the inside. Make a mental note where the possible water damage might be.
Check the underside for severe rusting, axle damage, dangling cables, and other things that are out of place. Be sure to wear something you can afford to soil. Expect to crawl under the vehicle for a thorough check. Also check for the vehicle’s water connection, make sure it is working okay. Also check for the electric cord if it is functioning or not, and last but not the least, check for the sewer hose (very important!).
What to look out for inside the campervan
Inspect the inside of the van by checking first its basic appliances like the stove, refrigerator, water heater, and air conditioner. Make sure all of these are working because replacing these can cost you money big time. The next item on your list must be t check the condition of the ceiling. Sagging and discoloration here and there, no matter how small these are can speak volumes on the condition of the campervan. Water damage is a key concern for those who would be also living in the vehicle that they are driving, which of course includes you soon enough. Next is to check the floor. If there are areas that feel weird under your weight this can signify damage and rotting underneath the carpeting.
Check all the furnishing in the campervan that uses water – sink, toilet bowl (if it has any), shower, washer and dryer. Be sure all these are working with its water supply having no problems at all. Check overhead vents and make sure they still open and close okay. Also check the windows and doors and make sure these are not jammed. Check the storage spaces like drawers and cabinets. If there is water damage inside these then make a mental note about it. Again water damage is a key issue.