RVs are just like homes. And like homes, that means you may find the perfect one and keep it forever, or you may look to make a switch sometime after your initial purchase. For the latter crowd, that means you’ll be going through the process of selling an RV – something that may make you a bit anxious. After all, your RV was a major investment and you want to get the most out of your sale!
Read on to learn some of the our best tips for selling an RV so you can feel confident when it’s time to upsize to a new model, downsize for easier travel, or anything else that might make you want to switch things up as an RV owner.
Timing is Everything
Unsurprisingly, the time you choose to sell makes a huge difference in RVs. This isn’t too dissimilar to how selling a home is easier between school years, since people are ready and want to get moved and settled before next session starts.
When it comes to RVs, the best time to sell your RV is the early spring, such as late March, April or May. As the days grow warmer and the outside looks more appealing, RV lovers and campers looking to get their first RVs will start to feel the pull towards adventure.
If you capitalize on this moment, you may be able to stretch the value of your RV a bit more. Even if you don’t, you’re more likely to turn your “for sale RV” into a “sold RV” in the least amount of time. After all, most people don’t enjoy the process of listing their goods and negotiating with dozens of potential buyers. If you’re selling, you want to get your RV on the market and off your property as soon as possible.
A Special Tip on Timing
If you’re on the fence about selling your RV, right now (at the time of this article’s publishing) is a great time to consider it! RVs are harder to come by right now, which means the new and used markets are limited. Your RV is likely to have some purchase interest right away as RV enthusiasts are looking at every available model within their shopping range.
A Clean RV is an Easier Sell
Before you even consider selling your RV you’ll need to do some prep work. Hopefully you’ve kept your RV fairly clean, but either way, it’s time to thoroughly clean it so it looks like it’s never been used. This won’t be like any cleaning you’ve done before – you need to attend to every surface inside and outside the RV.
You never know how closely a potential buyer will inspect your RV. While your RV may have dents or dings that you can’t quite fix on your own, what they’ll really be looking for is signs that you may not have taken great care of your RV. The better it looks, the more likely they’ll trust that you’ve been kind to your vehicle.
As an added bonus, a deep clean can often find things you may have otherwise left behind. We’ve even heard of people finding things like credit cards, keys or other small items they thought were gone forever!
If you’ve ever walked through a fully furnished home, you know that no two people think of their living spaces in the same way. While you may have decorations in one location, another person may be put off with the same finished look.
When selling your RV, you should consider staging it to make it more universally appealing. In most cases, this means removing unnecessary clutter as much as possible. But it also means giving it a comfortable and inviting atmosphere. Think about how the bed looks, how to set the blinds, and even which position the RV is in to capture the best sun based on when you’ll be showing it.
The possibilities are endless for how you can stage your RV to make a potential buyer “see” themselves living in your old RV. The faster they reach that point, the more likely you are to close the sale.
Staging your RV doesn’t just mean assembling the interior. Where you end up taking your pictures can make all the difference in the world! Setting up your RV in a beautiful location at a nearby campground can show it off in action and immediately spark the desire to purchase your RV in a potential buyer.
Like timing, pricing is a core component of selling an RV (or anything for that matter.) The reality is that you have a lot of options when it comes to pricing. But the main things to look at are:
Current Market – How are other similar RVs selling? Don’t just look at the same make and model, look at RVs with similar floorplans, sizes and features. The best comparison model is one that offers the same benefits as your RV and is in similar condition. This means sometimes a similar make and model that’s been poorly cared for might trick you into pricing your RV incorrectly
Your Needs – Do you want to sell this RV now or are you okay with keeping it in storage for a few weeks or months? Sometimes pricing comes down to your timeline. If you’re ready to ditch your RV and invest that money in a new one or into something else, then you may be wise to knock the price down just a little bit to make it more appealing. If not, use your market research to price it appropriately and hold out until you find the buyer you want.
The professionals at RV Wholesale Superstore are ready to help you find the perfect RV for you and your family. Visit us in-person at 5080 W. Alexis Road, in Sylvania, OH or call us at (866) 640-9871
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