How To Get the Most Money When Selling Your RV


Brad Cowan

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Emerald Isle

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Greenville, NC

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Airstream Caravel

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Brad Cowan is a Lifestyle Content Writer. When he’s not behind the screen, he’s chasing pavement to the nearest coast with his wife, two kids, and golden retriever in tow.

Whether you’re a full-timer, weekend warrior, or new to the RV lifestyle, there will come a time when you take a long hard look at your RV and wonder if it’s time to sell. You might be inspired to upgrade your RV, or discover a different floorplan that would be better suited to your family. No matter why you decide to sell, one thing is for certain–you’re going to want a return on your investment. Here are our favorite top tips on how to get the most money when selling your RV.

What to Know When Selling Your RV

RV for Sale
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Many RV owners who want to sell their RVs decide to ultimately sell through a dealer using a process called RV consignment. This route is popular because most RV owners would rather not handle all the marketing, negotiations, and paperwork that come along with selling. It can be stressful and time-consuming to wait for the perfect buyer. By selling on consignment, this hassle is taken care of on your behalf by experienced RV professionals.

At Camping World, a professional sales team, coupled with a vast national dealer network, work together to sell your RV as quickly as possible. In fact, Camping World’s consignment program requires little to no effort from you. The goal is always to get you the most cash possible. The Camping World sales team, along with a nationwide network of dealerships, handle the RV sales process from start to finish. As a result, we market your RV through the most heavily trafficked RV marketplaces in the world.

When selling your RV, Camping World offers the following services. From start to finish, Camping World aims for a stress-free, hassle-free process.

The Camping World Consignment Process

  1. Professionals inspect, clean, and photograph your RV.
  2. Your RV is added to the largest RV marketplaces in the world, reaching millions of buyers monthly.
  3. Camping World shows interested buyers your RV, plus answers any questions.
  4. Camping World handles all the paperwork that comes with a sale (transfer of title, bill of sale, etc.).
  5. Camping World offers financing to the potential buyer through local/national banks to ensure sale.
  6. The sale satisfies your bank loan and the paperwork associated with it.
  7. You receive a check once your RV sells!

Repairs & Maintenance

If your RV has any glaring damage or is in need of repairs, handling them before selling can increase your final sale price. At Camping World, our service and maintenance department can handle any repairs or neglected RV maintenance before we start advertising your RV for sale.

What to Know Should You Decide to Trade-In Your RV

Selling your RV isn’t your only option. You could always trade it in. Even so, you still want to make sure you’re getting the most money out of the deal. When it comes to trading your RV in, you want to make sure you’re putting your best foot (or wheel) forward. A few things that could help the trade-in run smoothly are:

  • Give your RV a thorough cleaning inside and out.
  • Fix any small issues like loose hinges or blown bulbs.
  • A tune-up, including an oil change, never hurts.
  • Organize all your RV’s manuals, warranty records, and service paperwork.

Camping World also offers a trade-in program to alleviate any worries you might have about this process. We’ll find you a deal on a valid trade-in or simply buy your RV outright. Here’s how it works:

  1. Get cash for your RV immediately.
  2. We offer fair prices at the time of your RV’s inspection.
  3. A simple, straightforward buying process gives you peace of mind and cash-in-hand.
  4. Trading in your RV provides savings on sales tax and a new RV for your next adventure.

What to Know When Buying an RV

Several RVs in a car parking lot
Tip: Save more by shopping RVs in the off-season.

Now that you’ve received the most money possible for selling or trading in your RV, it’s time to make a new RV investment, right? It’s a big moment that comes with a lot of big nerves, but you can easily turn that nervous feeling into excitement.

RV specialists exist for this very reason. These simple questions will have your salesperson narrowing down your options and handing you the keys to your new RV in no time:

  • What can I tow? Inform the salesperson of the vehicle you own or plan to tow with.
  • What RVs are best for my family? Are you traveling alone or as a pack? And what camping needs does your pack have?
  • What RV is best for where and how I want to RV? Are you visiting rugged terrains or relaxing campgrounds? Are you venturing out on long road trips, or taking trips close to home?
  • What’s included with my RV purchase? Think about batteries, power tongue jacks, and more.

Never hesitate to ask the RV sales associate questions, especially during the browsing phase of the process. Your RV salesman is there to address your concerns and help you find the perfect RV for you and your family. A knowledgeable RV specialist will never shy away from providing answers along the way.

What to Know When Buying a Used RV

RVing with baby.
Dan & Lindsay RV with their baby and share adventures as a family.

New doesn’t always mean better. Sometimes a used RV, or rather a new to you RV, is a wise choice. It’s one of the most common questions RV buyers toss around – new or used? While there are always pros to buying new, a used RV has its own list of benefits that include saving money and the ability to learn what you like and dislike about RVing, the type of RV you want, and the RV lifestyle in general.

If you’re asking yourself: how old is too old for a used RV? We’d encourage you to focus more on how well the RV has been maintained. A thorough RV inspection at an RV service center can help locate any issues of concern as well as how much time and money it would take to remedy them.

Check out this RV Buying Guide that walks you through the ins and outs of buying a used RV. With the RV lifestyle becoming more and more popular every day, the demand for used RVs is growing as well. Doing your due diligence ahead of time can help narrow down your options and expedite the process. Hitting the pavement on a new trip is always the best part, but you’ll be glad you made a solid RV investment once you’re on the road.

Pro Tip: Explore buying your RV in the off-season for special winter deals, wider inventory selection, fewer crowds, and lower pricing.

Have you sold an RV before? Tell us your tips in the comments below.

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