How to buy a 4×4 in Canada, Australia and the US?

How to buy a 4x4 at the best price in Canada, Australia or in the United States?

How to buy a 4×4 in Canada, Australia and the US?

How to buy a 4x4 at the best price in Canada, Australia or in the United States?

If you want to plan a RV trip, you will have to choose between several types of recreational vehicle. Some of them are not motorized like trailers and roof tents. Therefore, you will need to buy a motorized vehicle to pull it. In order to do so, you have to choose a strong vehicle. Moreover, you might need to drive on rough roads. A 4×4 seems to be a perfect solution. 

Why should you buy a 4×4?

The landscapes of Australia, Canada and the USA can be very varied and wild. You can drive in the desert or in the mountains. Therefore, you will need to have a strong vehicle like a 4×4 to pull your trailer or a roof tent. 

The 4×4 has many advantages. First of all, it can go everywhere (mountain roads, beaches, etc.) while giving you a pretty good level of comfort. Even if you are driving on rough roads, you won’t feel it in your back or your neck. It also has a great autonomy and you can limit your expenses by choosing a diesel engine. 

With this solution, you will also be able to let your trailer in a camping area and use only your 4×4 truck for your daily rides. By doing so, you will be more discreet and won’t attract people with bad intentions. 

Some disadvantages of 4×4

Just like any other recreational vehicle, a 4×4 can have some disadvantages and limits. First of all, depending on the vehicle you want to buy, it can be a very pricey option. However, you can still opt for a second-hand 4×4 truck in order to reduce the price. 

The price of your vehicle will also depend on the type of fuel needed by your car. If you choose a gasoline vehicle, it will be cheaper at the time of purchase but more expensive to refill. Conversely, a diesel vehicle will be more expensive but cheaper to refill. 

Finally, this solution can lack discretion if you are traveling with a tent on the roof or a trailer behind your vehicle. Nevertheless, you can always let your trailer in a camping spot if you want to go unnoticed. 

How to buy a 4×4 in Australia? 

Australia can have pretty wild landscapes. A 4×4 truck with a roof tent can be a great solution. If you are choosing a trailer, we advise you to park this one on a camping spot in order to have access to any place you want. 

If you want to buy a second-hand 4×4, you will probably find what you are looking for on Gumtree. On this website, you will find all the small ads from individuals selling their personal vehicle. You can also go on Facebook groups or on our website. You will meet other roadtrippers that may want to sell their 4×4. 

How to buy a 4×4 in the USA? 

No matter where you are traveling, your recreational vehicle will be an important part of your trip. In the US, you will probably spend long hours hitting the road. Thus, you will have to choose a comfortable, safe and durable RV. The 4×4 is a great option. With a trailer or a roof tent, you will be able to live and drive comfortably. 

If you want to buy a second-hand 4×4 truck in the United States, you might want to check on Craigslist. Just like on Gumtree, you will find small ads from individuals. You will be able to sort the result by prices, car brands or cities, for example. 

If you prefer to rent a 4×4 for a defined time, you can check on several rental companies websites. You will have to compare different offers to choose the right one. Our best advice is to rent a car online instead of waiting to arrive at the airport. You will find better deals online. 

How to buy a 4×4 in Canada? 

Depending on when you are going to do your roadtrip in Canada, you will have to choose a durable vehicle that can resist to very low temperatures. You will also need good winter tires to drive in the snow. In Canada, you might also drive on wild mountain roads.

To buy a second-hand van, you can also go on Craigslist which is very used in Canada. You also have Kijiji which works the same way. Finally, you can find multiple Facebook groups to find a recreational vehicle. Of course, you can also check our website to exchange your RV from vanlifers all around the world.

You are planning to buy a 4x4 to go on a road trip? Here are our best advice.

What do you need to check before buying a 4×4? 

Buying a 4×4 truck as a recreational vehicle is a very important decision. You need to make sure that it will fit your needs perfectly while respecting your budget. To avoid bad surprises, you need to check a few things before buying it. In order to do so, don’t hesitate to ask a bunch of questions to the owner. You can also ask for documents as proof. 

Among these things, you can check if regular oil changes have been done, all the levels (coolant, motor oil, etc.), the tires condition and the tailpipe smoke color. You can also ask the opinion of the owner about the strengths and weaknesses of the vehicle. He will be able to give you advice in order to have the perfect trip!

How much does it cost? 

First of all, you have to know that the prices for a 4×4 can vary a lot depending on multiple factors. Therefore, you should take your time and not be in a rush while you are looking for your recreational vehicle. By checking the offers regularly, you may find a great deal. 

If you are looking for a second-hand 4×4 mostly, you need to negotiate the price. You never know! Maybe the owner will be willing to give you a little discount. If it is a brand new car, you can always try to compare the price with the competitors ones in order to have a discount. 

One last thing to remember: a 4×4 can cost you more money at first but help you save money afterward. For example, a brand new car will be more expensive but won’t need any repair. Also, a diesel car will cost more money but the refills will be cheaper. 

Why should you use Swap the Road website

Swap the Road is an exchange platform between roadtrippers from all across the world. Our concept comes from a simple observation: it is very hard to ship your recreational vehicle overseas. If you want to continue your RV trip on another continent, you need to find another vehicle there to avoid a bunch of paperwork. 

In order to facilitate your van life, we have decided to create the first website to exchange your RV with another roadtripper. Basically, if you have a RV in the US but want to travel to Europe, you will be able to exchange your RV with an European who has a RV and wants to travel to the US. 

Swap the Road is also a community of travel addicts that share advice and stories about their RV trips. If you want to join us, you can subscribe on our website and follow us on social media. We can’t wait to meet you !

Now that you know everything about buying a 4x4, you just need to hit the road!

Marie C.

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How to sell your recreational vehicle?

You have decided to sell your RV? Here are our best advice for you!

How to sell your recreational vehicle?

You have decided to sell your RV? Here are our best advice for you!

You have traveled the whole world in your recreational vehicle ? It is now time for you to have a break and to go back to a “normal” home ? You might need to sell your RV in order to move on and buy a house. Here is our advice to sell your recreational vehicle and get a good price for it. 


You can also check our blog post about buying a recreational vehicle here! We will give you all our advice to find the best deal depending on your budget and needs. 

Where can you sell your recreational vehicle? 

Online solutions


There are multiple websites where you can sell your recreational vehicle to private individuals. Depending on the country you are living in, you can look for a small ads website like Craigslist, Gumtree or Le Bon Coin. You can also find specific Facebook groups to sell your motorhome, van or trailer. 


These solutions are used a lot because they are very easy for the owner as well as for the buyer. You can quickly meet each other in order to proceed to the exchange. Since there are more and more vanlifers, you can easily find a buyer on the Internet. Moreover, this solution is totally free for you. You don’t need to pay anything in order to publish your advertisement.

Offline solutions


Of course, you can always sell it with the help of a professional salesman. For example, some rental or car companies offer to sell your vehicle for you. By doing so, you don’t have to handle anything but you will have to pay the company for its services. 


Finally, if you are old school, you can also publish an advertisement on a specialized magazine.  However, these offline media usually have a smaller audience than online supports. You will probably find a buyer faster and more easily on the Internet. Moreover, these offline media will probably ask you to pay something in order to publish your small ad in their newspaper. 


How to sell your recreational vehicle at the best price possible? 


We get it: you want to sell your RV at  the best price possible. Maybe it will help you to buy a house or another recreational vehicle. No matter what the purpose is, you don’t want to lose too much money compared to the price of the vehicle when you bought it. Moreover, this RV may have a sentimental value which makes it much harder to sell. 


The first thing you need to think of is the perceived value of your recreational vehicle. For example, if you are selling a camper van, what is the value of all the improvements you have realized in it ? Remember that the person that will buy your campervan will save a lot of time since it is already furnished. For the same reasons, if you do all the mechanical checks before selling your car, you will help your buyer save time. And time is money, right?


In order to sell it at an interesting price for you, you also need to take care of your advertisement. A lot of people on these small ads websites don’t know how to attract the buyers. The most important thing is the photographs. You must create desire by taking good advantageous pictures. Your text can also be optimized to give all the needed information. 


How to set an appropriate price for your RV ? 


Depending on the background of your recreational vehicle, it might be difficult to evaluate its value. Maybe you have added furniture or your vehicle has some damages. Whatever it is, you probably can’t sell it at the same price you bought it. You will need to adjust it depending on the current condition of your RV. But what is the good price?


The easiest way to evaluate it is to compare it to other small ads. You can check online what are the prices of vehicles similar to yours. You can filter your search with specific criterias (brand, model, color, etc.) so you can have access to ads that match your vehicle. Then, you can calculate an average. 


Based on this average, you can then customize your vehicle sale price depending on its own characteristics. You can also think of small arrangements that you can do to increase the price. For example, a fresh coat of paint can change a lot on the perceived value. It won’t cost you a lot but can help you sell your RV faster and at a better price. 

In order to sell your RV at the best price, you need to improve its perceived value.

Be cautious with the potential “buyers”

Check frauds are rising


The main weakness of these small ads websites is that you can meet a bunch of ill-intentioned people. The most recurring scam is the invalid checks. If a buyer wants to pay you by check, be sure that it is a valid check. Don’t let the buyer take your recreational vehicle without verifying the validity of the check.


To avoid that, you can also ask for a cashier’s check. This solution works with an agency that blocks the necessary amount of money for the payment before the check is given to you. That way you are guaranteed that the check will be valid once you deposit it. However, there are more and more fake cashier’s checks so you need to be cautious with that.

Stay careful until the end of the transaction


Unfortunately, you have to stay cautious until you have received the payment on your bank account. You can never know who is ill-intentioned, even if the person seems trustworthy. For example, you must not give a copy of your registration document to a potential buyer. This one could use it to do a fraud. If it is necessary, you can give him information orally but never send him written documents.


Other things may be trivial but can have very bad consequences. For example, if the buyer wants to try your recreational vehicle before purchasing it, make sure to go with him in the vehicle. Moreover, do not give him the keys. You have to turn the key yourself and also take it back at the end of the test before getting out of the vehicle. Otherwise, the “buyer” could wait until you leave the car to start and go with your RV.


What about exchanging your recreational vehicle?


You want to sell your recreational vehicle in order to buy a new one? You don’t want to end your vanlife and plan to go to a new destination ? Why don’t you exchange your RV? With the community Swap the Road, you can exchange your vehicle with another road tripper from all over the world. You can now travel further, faster and easily. 


Our concept is pretty simple: we know how difficult it is to change continents when you are traveling in a recreational vehicle. You have to ship it overseas which is hard and expensive. That is why people usually limit themselves to America, Europe or Australia, for example. 


With Swap the Road, we want you to break the limits by traveling the whole world in a recreational vehicle. In order to help you do that, we have built the first community to exchange recreational vehicles. You have a RV in the US? You want to travel to Europe? You can find someone on our website who has a RV in Europe and wants to go to the United States. Perfect match!


You can check how it works here and also ask us any question by contacting us. We can’t wait to meet you! Stay tuned by following us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. 


And once you have sold your wheeled-home…


That’s it. You have found the perfect owner for your cherished recreational vehicle. It is now time to say goodbye to it. By doing so, you also need to say goodbye to all the memories you have in it. To us, the first thing to do is to take pictures. You want to save the exact appearance of your wheeled-home before selling it. Take a picture of every corner. 


Then, it is time to prepare it to be sold. You will need to take off all your personal properties. Of course, you will take back your clothes, your food and all your stuff. But you will also have to take down your decorations like garlands, pictures or plants. Is it a tear we are seeing on your cheek? 


As we were saying earlier, you can also do some upgrades before selling it. You may need to paint the walls again or to change the floor. You can also add some furniture to add value to your vehicle. But don’t forget to sell it once you have improved it! 


It is now time to make someone happy by giving him or her the chance to live the same amazing adventures that you have experienced in this wheeled-home. You can trust us: he or she will thank you forever for that opportunity.

Now you just have to say goodbye to your wheeled-home!

Marie C.

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6 things you need to know before buying a RV

Buying a RV is a very important decision. Make sure to have all the information needed to choose carefully.

6 things you need to know before buying a RV

Buying a RV is a very important decision. Make sure to have all the information needed to choose carefully.

Buying a new RV is like buying a house: it is stressful. You have to think of a lot of things and details. You are afraid of making the wrong choice and spending thousands of dollars in a bad decision. We understand that. When you decide to spend so much money, you need to be 100% sure. So here are the most important things you need to know before buying your RV!

What are the different types of RV?

First of all, you need to know what are the different kinds of RV. Each one has its own characteristics adapted to different needs. Once you have defined a little bit your RV trip, you can choose a vehicle adapted to your plan. These multiple recreational vehicles also fit different financial constraints. Learn more about the RV here.

Camper van

The camper van is the most trendy thing among the different types of recreational vehicles. It is basically a van that you arrange yourself to turn it into a wheeled-home. You can adapt it to your needs. Moreover, the camper van is simple to drive and park since it is a “classic” vehicle. Roads and parking spots are perfectly adapted to vans. 

Concerning your financial capacities, a camper van is a pretty affordable option. It is clearly way cheaper than a classic motorhome. If you decide to build it yourself, it will be even cheaper. You will be able to choose materials and equipment depending on your budget. 

The disadvantage of this solution is that it can be smaller and less comfortable than a “professional” motorhome. If you don’t arrange it correctly, it can also be cold during winter. But if you choose a well-arranged camper van, it can be a great option!


If you want to save some time by buying a turnkey solution, you can choose a motorhome. Usually, we divide them into 3 categories : class A, class B and class C motorhomes. The class A motorhomes are the bigger ones and the class B are the smaller ones. Class C motorhomes are a good compromise between those two. 

Concerning the financial aspect, motorhomes are the most expensive solution. You can find more or less affordable motorhomes but it will usually be more expensive than a camper van or a pickup camper. However, it will also be the most comfortable one. You will be able to choose between a large range of vehicles and equipment to fit your needs. You can also go for a second hand motorhome to reduce the price. 


You have a small budget and want to buy an affordable RV? The trailer seems perfect for you! The main advantage is that you can keep your normal vehicle to travel and just add the trailer. Therefore, you won’t have to pay for the entire vehicle. However, it might be more difficult to drive a trailer if you are not used to it. 

There are several types of trailers. You can choose a travel trailer, a fifth wheel trailer, a pop-up trailer or a hybrid one. The fifth wheel trailer is the easiest one to drive but it is more expensive than the other ones. The hybrid trailer is a mix of the fifth wheel and the travel trailers. 

Pickup camper and roof tent

Just as the trailer, the pickup camper and the roof tent are pretty affordable solutions. Once again, you can still use your normal vehicle and add a pickup camper or a roof tent to it. You won’t have to buy another motorized vehicle. It explains the less expensive price. 

If you have a pickup, the pickup camper may be a great solution for you. You will have a small camping space but it will be easy to drive and manoeuvre. If you don’t have a pickup, you can go for a roof tent. This solution is similar except that you will have to fold up the tent when you want to drive. 

Of course, you won’t find all the equipment and the comfort of a motorhome in a pickup camper or a roof tent. These solutions are cheaper but also tougher. 

There are a lot of different RV like motorhomes, trailers or camper vans.

What is your budget? 

Of course, before buying a recreational vehicle, you need to define what your financial capacities are. This factor will affect your decision concerning the type of RV you want. It will also help you decide between new or second-hand ones. Sometimes, you can find very great deals if you are willing to buy a used vehicle.

Your budget will also define what kind of recreational vehicle you want to buy. Like we said before, a motorhome will be much more expensive than a roof tent. Depending on your finances, you will have to do compromises on the size and the comfort of your RV. 

How long is your trip?

The duration of your road trip is also important in order to make a good decision concerning your recreational vehicle. Indeed, if you want to travel for a few weeks, you may choose a less comfortable option. You won’t need all the equipment if you are leaving for less than a month. 

Moreover, the duration of your RV trip will help you decide between buying and renting a recreational vehicle. If you want to travel for several months or regularly, you might want to buy one. But if this trip is a one time experience, renting can also be a good option. 

In order to make the good decision, make sure to compare all the possibilities. Take your time to collect information and advice from different sources before buying anything.

What type of vehicle are you allowed to drive?

As you know, there are different kinds of recreational vehicles. However, you are not allowed to drive everyone of them with a simple driving licence. You will need to check, before buying anything, if your B licence is sufficient. Otherwise, you will have to get another licence and take that into account in your budget. 

If you are planning to buy a classic vehicle with a permissible total weight under 3.5 tonnes, you will be able to drive it with a B licence. But if you need a bigger vehicle (because you are traveling with your family, for example), you may need to get a BE licence or a C licence. You can learn more about these licences on this blog post.

How comfortable do you want to be? 

Of course, you will not choose the same recreational vehicle whether you want to do “rough” camping or not. Usually, if you want a pretty comfortable solution, you will have to pay more. A fully equipped motorhome will be more expensive than a simple roof tent. However, you will have more space and it will be more convenient than a tent.

The comfort of your recreational vehicle will depend on your financial capacities. Nonetheless, you can definitely find a compromise between comfort and budget. If you have time and the necessary skills, you can buy a second-hand van and build it yourself. You will be able to save money by choosing carefully your materials and equipment. 

Where are you traveling to? 

Finally, a very important factor to define is your destination. Where are you traveling to? If you are doing a camping tour of all the American national parks, a roof tent might be a great option to live this experience fully. 

On the contrary, if you want to visit big cities, you will need a more discreet vehicle. You don’t want people to know that you are living here and that there are a lot of things to steal. A camper van might be the best solution since it looks like a normal vehicle. 

Your destination will also give you indications on the accessibility of the road and the parking facilities. If you want to travel to South America or Scotland, for example, you will have to drive on small roads. If you are buying a big american motorhome, you will probably regret it. 

What is Swap the Road? 

You already have a RV but you want to exchange it with another vanlifer in order to travel to another country or continent easily? We have created Swap the Road just for you! We know how difficult it is to ship your vehicle by the seas. With our roadtrippers community, you don’t need to anymore. You just have to exchange it!

Once you have defined all the characteristics of your RV trip, you just have to go on our website to find the perfect recreational vehicle for you. You will be able to talk to the owner and ask questions. This way, you will be sure that the RV fits your needs perfectly.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us. We will be pleased to answer you. You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. We can’t wait to meet you!

What is the perfect RV for you?

Marie C.

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