A used caravan can be a great buy because many caravans are meant to last for years and years, as long as they're properly maintained and repaired as needed. It's also somewhat easy to make certain cosmetic changes to an older caravan, so you save on the cost versus buying a new model while still having something that looks good and is functional. Like anything else you might buy used, however, you want to make sure you know what to look for when it comes to excessive wear and tear and other such damage. Note a few of those things here.
Exterior of the caravan
Small dents and dings are not unusual in a used caravan and they often don't compromise its overall strength and durability. Dents that actually split the body shell are what can be a problem, as this can allow for rust and corrosion to form. These splits can also allow in more moisture under the body shell so that the interior building materials can get damaged. When checking out the interior, note if dents have become splits and if so, if there is rust already forming. If the splits seem new, you might be able to have them repaired before such corrosion and damage begins.
Note if there are cracks in the shower trays or bath linings of the shower area. If so, this too can mean that moisture has collected under the shower area, and this moisture often means damage to the interior building materials. This can also mean the formation of mold and mildew. In many cases, you would need to address this damage as well as the cracked tray, and these costs might add up.
It's good to walk over every part of the caravan and note if the flooring seems soft in any spots. This too can signal potential water damage or that the floors have simply become warped due to age. They may need replacing and you would need to note this cost if you do decide to purchase the caravan.
Always check the tires of any caravan you might buy, and note if there is uneven wear on the treads. This can often signal that the caravan needs an alignment or a replacement of parts in the suspension system. The tires also may need replacing, depending on their overall condition. Be sure you consider this expense before you make a purchase.