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!

Stage It!

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.

Staged Locations

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.

Price Accordingly

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.

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If living green is important to you, you may be wondering about the carbon footprint of owning an RV. The concept of an eco-friendly RV isn’t something that’s too hard to accomplish – despite how many might think there’s no way a large vehicle like that could be “green.”

Read on to learn about eco-friendly RV life and making your RV travels greener!

How Is an RV Eco-Friendly?

Being eco-friendly doesn’t mean being completely green. It means reducing usage of appliances and other devices that produce carbon. As an RVer, you’ll be able to do this easily! Why? Because even the biggest RV is smaller than a typical home – which means your base level of usage for everything from electricity to water and more will be a fraction of what they’d be at home.

It’s definitely true that you’ll be using gas or electricity to improve your comfort during your stay. But how much energy does it take to keep your RV properly heated or cooled versus your home? And your water supply isn’t infinite when you’re on the road – so you’re naturally more likely to conserve what you have with proper rationing and smart usage.

Even if being eco-friendly isn’t a major concern of yours, these facts can make you a bit greener in the wallet too. Especially if you consider the difference from vacationing in an RV versus a hotel!

Of course, for those of you who do want to take steps to make your RV a bit greener, here are some of the best tips we have:

Making an RV Even More Eco-Friendly

Solar Panels

When it comes to an eco-friendly RV, few upgrades are as helpful as solar panels. These are a great addition because not only do they make green RVing easier, they’re incredibly useful too! Renewable energy like solar panels makes use of existing energy sources, like the sun, to produce a surprising amount of electricity for your vehicle. This can be enough to keep your phones charged, power some light appliances and keep you comfortable when you’re too far from a hookup station or would prefer not to use it.

Solar technology has been quickly adopted into the RVing world, with many RVs coming off the lot ready to benefit from solar charging. But even your older RV can probably be upgraded to add solar panels and reap the benefits of this eco-friendly RV strategy.

Aftermarket Upgrades for Insulation & Lighting

Solar panels aren’t the only way to make your RV greener. Aftermarket upgrades are a popular way to get the most out of any RV, including eco-friendliness. The two easiest upgrades to make in this regard would be improving insulation and replacing lighting in older models.

Insulation

By taking the insulation of your vehicle to the next level, you can drastically reduce the energy needed to keep it at a comfortable and livable temperature. For eco-friendliness, this means reducing byproducts of using your heater or air conditioner. For you, it also means extending the potential range of electricity or gas your vehicle can store. That’s a win-win!

Replacing Lighting

Similarly, older RVs that still use incandescent or fluorescent bulbs can use an upgrade to LED lighting that has the same benefits of convenience for you and the environment. LEDs consume less power and produce the same or better-quality lighting. Lower emissions, longer battery life, and it’s one of the easiest upgrades you can make to your RV!

Plan Close Trips

One of the best ways to practice eco-friendly RVing is not to look at what your RV can do, but how you use it. Like any vehicle, burning fuel to travel great distances whether you drive a motorhome or use a tow vehicle is going to be seen as “not eco-friendly.” If you’re worried about how much gas you’re using, one of the best ways to avoid it is to take advantage of camping opportunities close to home!

Depending on where you live, this may or may not be a viable option. But a quick search for campgrounds near you might surprise you with how many results there are to be found. There are plenty of websites, from official government ones to private ones, that can provide a lot of information for planning your next trip. By sticking to a local site, you can reduce fuel emissions, fuel costs, and spend money on local businesses around your community!

Use Energy-Free Solutions

Lastly, it’s a good idea to remember that there are ways to stay comfortable and safe in or around your RV without running a generator or your battery:

RV Positioning

If you’re trying to stay cool, keep your RV oriented to reduce sunlight that can come through the windows. The less sun that comes through, the lower the general temperature will stay. On the flip side, if things are a bit chilly, you can do the opposite! Let the sun shine straight into your RV as much as possible and enjoy a few extra degrees of warmth during the day.

RV Skirting

Adding a skirt to your RV can help trap in lost heat to keep your RV warmer during cold days. While you may think this is a fall camping tip, it can make a big difference in early spring when the weather hasn’t decided if it’s ready to stop dropping to near-freezing temperatures occasionally.

Use a Cooler

If your camping trip is just going to be a weekend, you may be able to simply pour some ice in a large cooler to keep your perishables ready for the trip. Most well-made coolers can keep food and beverages chilly for up to two days with the appropriate amount of ice. This can let you keep your fridge off, which tends to be one of the larger single-appliance drains on electricity.

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If you’ve recently purchased a camping trailer, RV or travel trailer, you know what a significant and important investment it is. You’re ready to take all the precautions to keep it well-maintained, store it safely, and protect it from harsh weather conditions. Unfortunately, RV theft is another thing that you’ll need to consider – though it’s fortunately far rarer than you may think!

Despite the unlikely occurrence that you might experience RV theft or stolen goods from your vehicle, it’s still worth the small effort it takes to help keep your RV safe from ne’er-do-wells. Here are some precautions you should consider.

Be Mindful of Where You Store Your RV

Where you store your RV is a major consideration for all RV owners. From preventing RV theft to just keeping your RV protected from the weather, the best storage solutions usually end up being inside a garage or facility of some type. This could be on your property, or a reputable storage rental facility near your home.

Thieves have started to become bolder in recent years, sometimes stealing campers right out of driveways or garages if they are convinced that no one is home. 2020 was a particularly rough year for stolen RVs (likely due to the RV shortages and the increase in their value) though it’s still worth noting that the statistics show it as incredibly low possibility.

The best way to avoid a stolen RV from your property is to leave your RV inside of a locked garage or fenced-in and locked backyard. This will always beat parking it in the front yard – especially when you are away from home. Like anything, opportunity is often the biggest impetus for crime. If someone knows you aren’t home and has the ability to hook your trailer up to their vehicle quickly then leave, they’re more likely to try.

Shop for Anti-Theft Devices

You can also look into purchasing a quality electronic anti-theft device (available from most dealers or in retail shops.) It’s a wise investment that could help you deter theft by making it too time consuming or exposing the RV thief to too much risk. On top of that, many of these devices offer tracking mechanisms. That means if your RV ever were stolen, you’d be more likely to have it safely returned.

The list of anti-theft devices for RVs is similar to the ones you might expect for your home. This can be something as simple as motion-activated lights that make it impossible to approach your RV in the dark to active monitoring systems.

For avoiding stolen items at the campground, locks and alarms are often your best bet. These can be simple things like window or door alarms that chimes whenever they open. This deters most crimes of opportunity.

Make Your Camper Look Occupied

If you have to leave your camper trailer unattended at a campsite or in a wilderness area, do your best to make it look like someone is around. It’s a known fact that thieves generally pick low-risk targets, and an occupied RV is about as high-risk as it gets. Especially if their plan is to take the whole RV!

There are plenty of ways you can make your RV look occupied, or at make it seem likely that you’re somewhere nearby. Set up lawn chairs outside, put dishes and silverware on a picnic table, or hang up clothes to dry on a line. Anything you can do to make it look like the owners are right around the corner will help you protect your vehicle from thievery.

Of course, you could always take it a step further and actually do your best to keep your RV occupied. If you’re traveling with a group, it’s never a bad idea to have someone hang back at the RV if it won’t affect their enjoyment of the trip. Scheduling your activities to keep someone near the RV is a great way to keep it safe. As an added bonus, having someone at the “home base” is generally considered a safe travel tip in case something happens to the group – like getting lost or injured on a hike.

Wheel Clamps, Towball Locks and Locking Hitch Pins

Wheel clamps are an affordable, noticeable and effective theft deterrent. If you’re unable to lock up your camper behind a fence or in a garage at home, using a wheel clamp will help keep your investment secure. In fact, if you can’t store your RV in a locked facility or somewhere else that’s already protected from trespassing, you should consider these types of clamps or locks a necessity.

Wheel clamps are difficult to remove, and there are several different brands to choose from. A good wheel clamp only costs a few hundred dollars, and they are simple to install. This small investment can make all the difference in the world when it comes to stopping a would-be thief from simply driving up, hooking up, and rolling away with your beloved camper.

Towball locks and locking hitch pins are also inexpensive (although slightly less effective) options for securing a camping trailer. They’re extremely easy to put on and take off (for the owner) and add an additional layer of deterrence for thieves.

Keep Your RV Well Lit

Lastly, when it comes to RV theft, the best thing you can do is make sure your RV isn’t somewhere that can be accessed unnoticed. At home, that means keeping it in areas that will be well lit by your lighting system. If you don’t have a garage light or similar fixture, they’re typically not too hard to add. Just keeping the RV lit up makes it less appealing to try and approach at night.

When camping, always stay in well-lit areas when possible. For boondockers this won’t always be an option, but if you’re at a campsite, in a parking lot or anywhere else, aim for areas underneath lights or nearest to populated areas. Nobody wants to be under the spotlight when they’re doing something illegal, after all!

Contact RV Wholesale Superstore

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 (855) 629 3326.

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