Tips for Getting the Most Money When Selling Your RV


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It’s a thought that every RV enthusiast has at some point — to sell or not to sell. If you’re asking yourself that question and have decided that the time has come to sell your RV, don’t panic.

Many RV owners decide to sell through a dealer when selling their RV, using a process called RV consignment. It’s an agreement that has become popular since the RV owner doesn’t have to handle the marketing, negotiations, and paperwork that often come along with selling an RV. Waiting for the ideal buyer to come along can be a time-consuming and somewhat stressful experience.

With consignment, all of those boxes are checked on your behalf!

The Camping World Consignment Process

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Camping World’s consignment program involves a professional sales team that partners with a vast national dealer network, together they take the initiative to sell your RV as quickly and as efficiently as possible. The goal? To get you the most cash as possible for your RV. By marketing the RV through the most heavily trafficked RV marketplaces in the world, you can rest assured that your RV is in good hands.

The consignment process is easy, straightforward, and hassle-free! In fact, it can be explained in six easy steps:

  1. Prep — Professionals inspect, clean, and take pictures of your RV.
  2. Promote — Your RV is listed with the largest RV marketplaces in the world that reach millions of buyers on a monthly basis.
  3. Sales Support — Camping World shows interested buyers your RV and answers all of their questions.
  4. Documentation — All paperwork that comes with a sale (transfer of title, bill of sale, etc.) is handled by Camping World.
  5. Financing — Camping World offers financing options to the potential buyer through local and national banks to ensure the sale.
  6. Payout — The sale satisfies your bank loan and the associated paperwork associated with it. Once your RV sells, you receive a check!

Some owners who decide to sell on consignment choose to do so instead of selling their motorhome or travel trailer themselves since the marketing, negotiations, and paperwork are all handled by professionals. It can be a lot of work if you handle all of the associated paperwork by yourself. Individuals that choose to consign their RVs should know that they will not receive any money until after their vehicle is sold.

Get the Most Out of Selling Your RV

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Most reputable dealers will work hard to get top dollar for the RVs they sell on consignment. However, here are a few tips that we suggest to owners, whether they choose consignment or not, to help their vehicle stand out against the others in the market.

  • Give your RV a thorough cleaning both inside and out.
  • Fix any small problems such as loose hinges or blown-out light bulbs. Camping World has several light bulb options to spruce up any RV as well as an entire Design Center to bring any last-minute design choices to life.
  • Get the vehicle tuned up and the oil changed. View Camping World Supercenters to locate a store nearest you.
  • Gather and organize all manuals, service paperwork, and warranty records.

Selling Isn’t Your Only Option — Explore a Trade-In

It’s not uncommon to think selling your RV is as straightforward as selling and then buying again, but that’s not the only option. Another way to ensure you’re getting the most money from selling is to trade in your RV. By trading in your RV, you’re able to use the trade-in value towards the purchase of a new one.

It’s a solid choice for RV enthusiasts who are looking to continue living the RV lifestyle but in a newer RV. Whether you’re upgrading or downsizing, trading in your RV is worth exploring if only to make the selling process even smoother.

Camping World’s trade-in program promises to find you a deal on a valid trade-in or else they’ll buy your RV outright. It’s a win/win option that many RVers lean towards when it comes time to sell their RV. The program works as follows:

  1. Receive cash for your RV immediately.
  2. Take advantage of fair prices at the time of your RV’s inspection.
  3. The buying process is simple and straightforward leaving you with peace of mind and cash-in-hand.
  4. By trading in your RV, you’ll receive savings on sales tax plus a new RV for the road ahead.

Should You Sell, Trade, or Consign Your RV?

Ultimately, the decision is up to you and the process you’re most comfortable with. Whether you choose to sell, trade, or consign your RV with Camping World, your RV will be inspected, cleaned, professionally photographed, and prepared for showing so that it always looks as new as possible for potential buyers. Regardless of which choice you make, the goal should always be to get the most money for your RV.

What to Know After Selling Your RV

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So, you’ve sold your RV? Congratulations! The journey isn’t over though. There are plenty of adventures ahead of you, including buying a new RV to get you to those dream destinations on your bucket list. Check out the articles below for all things related to purchasing your next RV.

Remember that the first impression is important when it comes to a major investment like an RV. Getting your vehicle into the best possible condition will always help you make more money on its sale. Consult with a Personal RV Shopper to ensure your RV is shopping-ready.

Have you sold an RV before? Leave your top tips in the comments below!

  • Comment (28)
  • Howard Nelms says:

    1981 Class C RV Chevy G30 350 , hp mileage, 36,800. $10,500.
    AC blowing cold w heatstrip, Honda 3000 inverter Generator . 2 flat screen smart tv’s, refrige works perfectly on electric only but have RV fridge available , Zip Dee awning, ice maker , microwave, water heater electric and gas, tires all in good shape, recent breakes upgraded, lots of upgrades too many to mention everything

  • Steve Press says:

    Good stuff.

  • John Whitley says:

    We are in Florida six months a year, Wisconsin the rest. Am I better off selling in Florida or Wisconsin?

  • David Witmer says:

    We would like to consign our 2018 raptor 425 we bought this with a future of traveling and riding our Harley Davidson. A year ago I injured my back and now have sold my bike. I unable to pack up and hitch this toy hauler up do to the injury in my back. We owe 87,000 on it and we need to be able to pay that off. We have put on solar panels with a 3000 inverter, slide toppers and a sat allure system. How do we go about consigning it

  • Deborah Dunnell says:

    We are told we need consignment insurance to sell through a dealer, but can’t find anyone that has it.

  • Antuane Johnson says:

    I really need to talk to a live person for personal reasons about my unit if that is posible i need a contact number thank you.

  • Mitchell Ballard says:

    I have a nice 30 foot slide out road runner 2005 travel trailer I need to sell I’m only asking 8500 for work it’s really worth of money to the trailer looks good I just need to get and I’m gonna Byam and I need to get rid of it my name is Mitchell Ballard my phone number is 918966 7986

  • Dawn Boudro says:

    Looking to sell our 2018 montana high country 375fl.. we don’t use it as much as we would like. Interested in trying to sell.

  • Sylvia LeBlanc says:

    I have a 40 foot a2009 Jayco Bungalow that we are looking to sell do you even take those on consignment

  • Bart Bowdish says:

    I have a 40 ft holiday rambler 2012 I would like to sell. It has around 24000 miles on it.

  • Melissa Scott says:

    Do you assist to sell RVs that still have loans on them. I just bought mine pre owned from a dealership then a few weeks later seperated from husband who owns the truck to tow it. Can no longer use it so it is just sitting parked. Never took it out. Beautiful shape except that door lock doesn’t work and needs fixed. Dealership had said to bring it back in but was never able to. Can’t tow it.

  • Richard L Jones says:

    Do we have to bring our motorhome down to you. Our closest store is in Avondale, AZ Do you buy motorhomes?

  • Anita Mosley says:

    Do you list fifth wheels on consignment as well?

  • Bob Stauffer says:

    If I list my RV with you on consignment how long does it take to be paid for my unit after you sell it?

  • Steve L Schneider says:

    Hi David, I was reading about your back injury! I had a fusion done on my L4-L5 lumbar vertebrae! Dr. Jacob Rosenstein did mine and he completely fixed my back! If your in the DFW area, I fully recommend him. I won’t let anyone else near my back!

  • Wade Thiel says:

    Hi David, I’d go ahead and give your local dealer a call and let them know your situation. Someone there should be happy to help you set a consignment deal up.

  • Wade Thiel says:

    Hi Antuane, You can call 866-232-8990 or reach out via the contact page here –

    If neither one of these is quite right, look up your local Camping World dealership and call that dealerships number. Here’s the dealership locator:

  • Wade Thiel says:

    Mitchell, Camping World does buy RVs. Here’s a form to fill out and we’ll reach out:

  • Wade Thiel says:

    Hi Norma, if you’re on a fixed income and need to do a payment plan, I suggest working with the dealership. They will be able to help you get the RV you want and on a plan that you can afford.

  • norma dunwood says:

    I am very interested in your rv but I am disabled as well and on a fixed income is there anycway we can do a payment plan? Please let me know.

  • Wade Thiel says:

    Hey Steve, I’d find your local Camping World dealer and give them a call. They should be able to help.

  • Steve says:

    I’m interested in selling my 2019 2251LE Forester with 11,864 mi. With all the preventive maintenance done on it up to date. My wife & I are disabled Veterans that can no longer travel do to our military health issues. Can you please try & help me & my wife bless someone or some family with this beautiful RV. We really enjoyed it while we could. Thanks Sincerely Steve Salas.

  • Wade Thiel says:

    Hi Sylvia, Reach out to your local Camping World location. They’ll be able to tell you all you need to know about consignment.

  • Wade Thiel says:

    Hey Bart, reach out to your local camping world location. I’m sure they’ll be happy to help.

  • Wade Thiel says:

    Hi, Ronald. Give your local Camping World dealership a call. They should be able to provide you with all the information you need about consignment sales.

  • Ronald Paletta says:

    I have a fifthwheel trailer and want to sell it on consignment but don’t know enough to go about doing it.

  • Wade Thiel says:

    Hi Richard, yep visit the dealership and they should be able to take care of you. I would call ahead of time and discuss your model with the staff there before you make the trip.

  • Wade Thiel says:

    Hi Melissa, I would look into renting a pickup truck that can tow your RV. Then you can take your RV to a Camping World dealership to sell it to the dealer or try to sell it on consignment. The first step is locating a truck that can tow your RV.

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