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How To Buy An RV With Bad Credit


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Can You Buy An RV With Bad Credit?

Bad credit can happen for a number of reasons that aren’t really relevant to your present financial situation. You may discover your credit is bad for any of the following reasons:

  • Old debts, even if you’ve paid them off
  • Behind on current or past debt repayments
  • Self employment
  • Too many current payments on debts
  • Low credit score
  • Previous bankruptsy

Luckily for you, even if you have bad credit, there are plenty of lenders out there who are willing to take the chance of lending you money to buy an RV. The payoff for them is that you will often pay a significantly higher interest rate in exchange for their acceptance of risk.

One of the great things about RV loans is that they can be structured more like a mortgage than an auto loan but without all the paperwork involved in getting a mortgage. With an RV loan, you can stretch out your payments over as many as 20 years so your payments may be very low, with most of each payment going toward interest rather than building equity in the RV.

If you have a downpayment, lenders may look more favorably upon your loan application even when you have bad credit. For RVs over $50,000, it is usually (not always) a necessity to have a downpayment.

How To Buy An RV With Bad Credit

Start at your bank

If you are buying an RV with bad credit, you may want to get pre-approval for an RV loan before you go RV shopping. If you have a good relationship with your bank or credit union, go there first to discuss options. Every time a potential lender runs a credit check, it will drop your credit score a few points. Losing points on your credit score won’t help you to get an RV loan when you already have bad credit.

If you go to your bank first, they’ll know your present and past financial situation firsthand, and as an added bonus, you may not take a hit to your already floundering credit score.

Your RV dealer has RV financing solutions

RV dealers want to sell an RV to you. RV dealers have a network of lenders they work with so they can sell RVs to people with a variety of financial backgrounds. Each lender will have its own level of tolerance for buyers with bad credit.

National Vehicle: Financing solution for private RV deals

Sometimes it might be worthwhile to check out pre-owned RVs being sold by private sellers. This can often save you money on the price of a used RV while absorbing the initial cost of depreciation, which starts as soon as you drive your new RV off of the lot.

National Vehicle is a listing service of for-sale-by-owner RVs. Similar to a dealer, National Vehicle helps to facilitate RV sales, including offering financing options for buyers.

Try these RV financing companies

These RV financing companies are known to help RV buyers with less than stellar credit.


RVers looking for valuable how-to information have learned to go to the experts. Forums such as iRV2.com and blog sites like RV LIFE, Do It Yourself RV, and Camper Report provide all the information you need to enjoy your RV. You’ll also find brand-specific information on additional forums like Air Forums, Forest River Forums, and Jayco Owners Forum.

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Lynne Fedorick

Lynne lives, travels and works full time in the R-Pod 180 with 3 pointers and 1 small but vital corgi mix named Alice. Lynne began full time RVing as an experiment in 2019, but she quickly fell in love with the convenience, freedom and minimalist lifestyle offered by full time RV living. Lynne is a professional dog trainer, offering mobile and online dog training services through her website at www.mydoggeek.com. You can read about her travel adventures on her blog at: https://rpodadventure.wordpress.com/

One thought on “How To Buy An RV With Bad Credit

  1. Hello,
    I listened to your vide on Bad credit and buying an RV.
    You mentioned you have a credit card the pays 6% on groceries and 3% on fuel.
    Please share the name of this card you refer to.
    Thank you,
    Paul M Tucker
    Quality Engineer (Ret)

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