Buy New or Used Camper

The big question is do I buy a new camper , or scour Craigslist and Facebook for a used one? Besides your budget there are many things to consider .

When we first started looking for a camper , I asked about warranties. Did you know new campers come with a 12 year warranty on the roof for the original owner only. The rest of the camper and equipment inside it only has a 1 year warranty.

When I heard that it sealed the deal for me. If i wasn’t going to buy new , there was no reason to even buy a fairly new camper from a dealer . Any camper you buy other than new is as is. For me that really didn’t matter since i know how to fix them and enjoy working on them. Lets look at the pro’s and con’s of both to help you decide whats right for you.

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Buying New


Comes with a 1 year warranty and 12 year non transferable roof warranty. No one else has slept, cooked or used the bathroom. The camper shouldn’t require any repairs other than routine maintenance. Financing is available for up to 12 years.


You may be paying for this camper for 12 years. No one has lived in it and worked out the kinks.

Buying Used


Significant savings over the price of new. The camper has been used and all problems have probably been addressed. You can often find used campers that are practically like new .


Camper has no warranty. You must fully inspect the camper or pay someone to inspect it before purchasing. You may not be able to find the layout that you want.

Water Damaged Rear Wall
This can be hiding behind what looks like may have been a small leak

Whether you choose to buy new or used is a personal decision that you shouldn’t rush into.

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