There are a lot of factors to consider when you are trying to evaluate the value of your RV.
While age is important, what holds your RV’s value most is its condition—how well have you taken care of your RV?
RV Selling Tips
Make it as ‘showroom pretty’ as you can. Effort gains rewards. If you kept your RV in tip-top shape you’ll get the most out of it when it comes to trading your RV in or selling it.
We recommend you make an honest appraisal of your RV. Create a checklist of those items that will gain the most attention from a prospective buyer. Break this checklist down to ‘Exterior’ and “Interior.”
Cosmetic changes can upgrade your RV’s value quickly. No one expects perfections with a well-traveled RV, but no one will pay good money for a leaky one.
- How faded is the paint? Can it be touched up?
- Would a good wax job benefit your RV?
- Cracks in fiberglass or dents in panels—can those be easily repaired?
- Are all light fixtures operating and have bulbs?
- The roof—when was the last time it was re-sealed? Is there noticeable water damage from a leaky roof?
- Is the A/C unit in good position and good shape? Is there recent caulking around it?
- How do the LP tanks look? Are they free of rust? Were they covered and are the covers still on your RV?
- Was your RV covered for winter storage? The grime and dirt on that cover can tell a prospective buyer how well you protected and took care of your RV.
- Is the floor clean and free of cracks? An older RV free of cracking means its owner took care to store it in a place where temperature extremes wouldn’t affect it.
- Are you appliances in good shape? Most importantly, the refrigerator and stove. These appliances are usually RV-specific—the new owner can’t just go to the local store and replace them.
- Is the bathroom clean? Make sure everything functions well and it shouldn’t be a topic of negotiation at all.
- Did you travel with pets? Clean the RV so that no one can tell a pet has ever been there.
- General aesthetics—make sure everything looks neat and clean. You can’t make someone love your RV’s interior style, but you can certainly make someone appreciate the care you put into it.
Other RV Selling Tips
For a motorhome—Class A, B, or C—condition also includes the engine, tires, and mileage. It’s a motor vehicle and its value is very much tied to that.
Keep great records of your RV’s service. It’s the best way to prove how well you have taken care of your RV, and you’ll give yourself the best chance to get the highest compensation. The place(s) that have serviced your RV should be able to print out the records for you if you don’t have them handy.
Get more than one appraisal. One of the major factors for a dealership’s trade valuation is if they need your RV on their ‘pre-camped’ lot. Can they sell it? If they happen to have a lot of floor plans like yours already on the lot, chances are their figure will be lower than you expect. If you can, take your RV to more than one dealer to compare appraisals. Also, get it looked over by anyone you know who is picky. Watch them. Whatever they are looking at or noting, it’s the same thing others will do as well.
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