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Buying a second-hand camper trailer? Here's what to look for.

Some second-hand campers are an amazing buy, but some can hide damage – here’s what to look out for: 

Buying second-hand: Read this!

When considering a second-hand Caravan or Camper Trailer, it’s important to weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks. Platinum Campers, a leading manufacturer in the industry, offers some valuable advice on what to look out for when making a purchase.

One of the main advantages of buying new is the ability to take advantage of the latest technology. The caravan and camping industry is constantly evolving, with rigs becoming smarter, solar equipment becoming lighter, and batteries lasting longer. While some of this technology can be retrofitted, purchasing a new model ensures that everything is within legal weight limits and eliminates the need for risky DIY projects or costly installations.


Another important factor to consider is the potential for hidden damage. While experienced eyes may be able to spot stress points on a poorly treated vehicle, some wear and tear may be hidden. The seller may not even be aware of the issues. Suspension, for example, may look good on the surface, but faded dampers can greatly impact performance. Neglected areas, such as bearings, can also compromise the overall integrity of the trailer or caravan.

It’s also important to be aware of the possibility of a “rebirthed” rig, which is a written-off vehicle that has been disguised as new. This can cause problems when it comes time to register the rig and may not be a good investment.

When purchasing new, you also have the ability to choose the features you want and forgo those you don’t need. Additionally, new campers and caravans meet all relevant Australian Design Standards and come with a warranty, while second-hand models may not have the same level of quality assurance.

If you do decide to purchase a second-hand model, be sure to inspect it carefully and bring along a friend who has knowledge of mechanics. It’s also important to check for unexplained bolt-holes, water stains, and irregular weld marks, as well as ensuring all appliances are in working order. Additionally, it’s important to check the weight of the rig and take it for a test drive.

If you have any questions or need help choosing the right camper trailer or caravan, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Platinum Campers team for assistance.

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