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How to Sell Your RV

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You spent years traversing country roads and exploring new places in your trusty RV. But now, the time has come for it to retire and for you to get a new one. But first you need to sell your old RV which can take time and effort. Here are some tips to help you sell your RV fast and with minimal hassle:

Make Your RV Attractive

First of all, you need to make sure that your RV is worth buying. Potential buyers will flock to your RV if they see that it's still in great condition and was well taken care of. You can do this by making sure that your RV looks great inside and out. Truth be told, appearance is everything when you want to sell something, and that applies to RVs as well. You don't have to change every inch of your RV's interior. You just have to make sure that everything is nice and clean and that any broken fixtures are fixed. Clean and deodorize the interior, including the carpets and the upholstery. You might also want to clear away any personal items you have inside, just to declutter the space.

Ensure That Your RV is Reliable and Roadworthy

Of course, it's not just looks that will matter to buyers. They will also want to be sure that your RV still has the legs to take them to where they want to go. Take your RV to a qualified RV mechanic and have it evaluated to see if it needs any repairs. Have minor repairs fixed while you're at it; this can help drive up the price of your RV.

Set a Fair Price

An important issue you have to take care of is determining the price of your RV. Overall, it depends on the wear and tear and depreciation, as well as the mileage. If you can't figure it out on your own, have your RV evaluated by RV dealers or insurance agents. You can also check online listings of similar RVs to get an idea of your RV's possible price range.

Get the Word Out About Your RV

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Promotion is the next step of the process. You have to get the word out about your RV, whether through your network of friends and acquaintances or through ads in local newspapers. You can also post in online classified ads for RVs, such as RVUSA.com, RVT.com and RVTrader.com. And don't forget your local Craigslist! Here are a few guidelines to remember if you're taking out an ad.

  1. Write a clear and honest description of your RV. Include all necessary details, such as year, make, model, and mileage. For transparency, be sure to mention any maintenance performed or any issues that the RV may have. Include a list of any add-ons and modifications to the RV.
  2. Explain why you're selling the RV. Potential buyers will be sure to ask this as this will also help them decide whether to go for your RV or not.
  3. State your payment terms and accepted forms of payment. In addition, include the warranty information, if applicable.
  4. Add high-quality photos to your listing. The pictures must be clear and properly lit so potential buyers will be able to immediately see the features of your RV. Blurry pictures can turn buyers off.
  5. Provide your contact information.

Show Your RV to Possible Buyers

Arrange to park your RV in a parking lot or some empty lot on the day a potential buyer is scheduled to meet with you. Your buyers can examine the RV for themselves and perhaps even take it for a test drive.

Present Your RV Honestly

As a seller, you need to be upfront about any issues that the RV has. You should also be able to answer any questions about the RV. However, you shouldn't be all business the whole time. You just might make a possible sale if you connect with the buyer by talking about all the trips you've taken in your RV or even talking about camping in general. You want buyers to see your RV as a reliable traveling buddy, the same way it was for you. Good luck!

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1 comment(s) so far...

On pricing, don't forget to consider the tax advantages of trading it in on a new one. If your dealer gives you $5000 on trade, it is worth more than if your neighbor gives you $5000 because you are only taxed on the difference when you trade. Might not be much, or could be a lot, depending on the value of your RV.

By lesterwinston on 1/4/2014 10:42:19 AM
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