How to Sell an RV

It may be time for an upgrade, or time to downsize. Whatever the reason, you’ve decided it’s time to sell your RV. As a private owner, selling your RV is a little like selling a car and a lot like selling a home. There are a few things to keep in mind as you navigate selling your RV to have a successful experience for both you and your buyer.

Preparing the RV for Sale

You may do regular spring cleaning, but cleaning your RV to prepare it for sale is like cleaning for a visit from royalty. You’ll want to thoroughly clean both the interior and exterior, paying special attention to storage areas, the bathroom, kitchen area, even under cushions—especially for dinettes or sofas that convert to sleeping areas.

Another tip on how to sell an RV is to remove any personal items so buyers don’t feel like they’re walking into your space and can envision it as their own. Stage it in an attractive setting and put the welcome mat out. Create an inviting atmosphere with a bouquet of flowers or a strategically placed houseplant (use silk ones in case of allergies) will add a welcome touch to your RV, as will the smell of freshly baked cookies!

Make sure that routine maintenance has been recently performed and any repairs have been addressed. Provide a log of repairs and maintenance if one has been kept. Nothing says well-cared for like a record book, fact-sheet, and owner’s manual handy and ready for buyers to review to help answer any questions they may have.

Determining the Selling Price

While Kelley Blue Book—the go-to for determining your car or truck value—doesn’t value used RVs, J.D. Power has an RV section that lists prices and values.

Determining a baseline price is the first step. The condition of your RV, it’s features and any upgrades you may have added, as well as the age of—and the demand for—your specific RV, will come into play as you set your selling price.

There’s a delicate balance to setting a competitive price: set it too high and it will likely sit as the pool of potential buyers looks elsewhere, set it too low and buyers will either be suspicious or it’ll get snapped up so fast you won’t have time to realize you lost out on a fair return until after it’s gone.

Creating an Effective Advertisement

Attractive ads stand out and the first thing that catches a potential buyer’s eye is a high-quality photo. You don’t need to hire a professional photographer as many of today’s cell phones rival the quality of traditional cameras. You do need to take several pictures from different angles, at different times of day (preferably late afternoon for the best lighting without the harsh midday sun), and don’t forget all the interior features like kitchen, beds, and storage. If you have slide-outs and awnings, take photos with them extended. Anything that’s highlighted in the written description should have an accompanying photo.

While a picture is worth a thousand words, you still need to write a clear and comprehensive description of the RV. Be sure to highlight key features and selling points like a bunkhouse for families or if your RV has solar point it out for those who enjoy dry camping on public land or have a focus on sustainability and eco-friendly power options.

Choosing Where to Advertise

There are various online platforms and marketplaces to advertise your RV. The RV-specific sites can be helpful and help narrow down your audience. You can check for trending makes and models, current prices, and even list your RV on places like RV Trader. It’s a good option if you are looking for serious RVers and not just anyone who may be scouring social media, though if you’re looking to sell locally, selling via Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist are helpful.

Other local ways to advertise include utilizing local newspapers and community spaces. Some local radio stations even have call-in advertising segments for the community. Don’t forget to put a For Sale sign on your RV and park it in a visible location. Let your friends, neighbors, and coworkers know you’re selling your RV. Let the power of personal networks and word-of-mouth advertising work for you.

Handling Inquiries and Showing

You can lose a sale simply by not responding in a reasonable timeframe. If someone has to wait days to hear back, chances are they’ve moved on to another RV. Answering inquiries within 24 hours is a good rule of thumb, but the sooner the better. Confirm that your voicemail box isn’t full so interested parties can leave a message. It’s also a good idea to keep an inquiry log of when inquiries were received and when you responded. If you don’t hear back in a day or two, follow up in case they missed your original response.

When scheduling viewings, meet in a public place and don’t meet alone. If a buyer wants to test drive, go with them, and make sure it’s a serious inquiry and one of the last steps in the buying journey.

Selling an RV to a Dealership

Generally, the biggest difference between selling privately and selling your RV to a dealership is the higher potential for profit in a private sale. While you’ll likely be able to fetch a higher price in a private sale, you also will be putting all the time, effort, and work into the sales process.

For simplicity and convenience, selling to a dealership is the most quick and straightforward procedure. The dealer, who has sales and marketing experience, will quote you a price that still allows them to make a profit when they sell the RV. You will have an instant transaction, avoiding the time and effort of advertising and dealing with private buyers.

Negotiating the Sale

Effectively negotiating the sale price doesn’t have to become haggling. If you are firm on your price, be sure to list that in your ad and confirm that the price isn’t negotiable when you set up a time to show the RV.

Take your time to respond when someone makes an offer. If they make an extreme low-ball offer, say no. If it’s close to your price, work with the buyer. Ask them if they have any other questions; if they’re ready to make a deal. Request a non-refundable down payment to once you’ve agreed on a price.

Managing the Paperwork

If you still owe on your RV and don’t have a clear title, you may need legal assistance. Otherwise, if you own the title outright, have it ready to be able to transfer ownership once payment has been received. You can also use a standard template or write up your own bill of sale. It is advisable, even if selling your RV to a family member or friend, to have a signed and dated bill of sale for your records and a copy for the buyer. Check your state and local regulations for private vehicle sales to be sure you’re complying with all the legal requirements.

Handling Payment and Delivery

Cash and certified checks are safe and secure payment transactions and the most advisable methods of payment to avoid any financial issues. Don’t accept personal checks! Also beware of signs of scammers who may request your bank information for a wire transfer, or claim to be buying for a friend.

Once the payment has been received, you can sign the title over to the new owner and give them a copy of the bill of sale, along with any other documentation, manuals, and records for the RV.

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Winterizing an RV: What You Need to Know

Winter’s harsh elements can take a toll on your RV. After investing time and money into your travel trailer, you’ll want to make sure it survives the snow and cold without any damage. However, many new (or even experienced) RV owners are often left asking how to winterize an RV properly. Though winterizing RVs can take some effort, our instructions will ensure that you can winterize a travel trailer efficiently and effectively.

It’s exciting to be new to the RV life, full of anticipation of all the adventures ahead of you. But one question that may be on your mind is, “What do I do with my dog on vacation?” If you’re a seasoned tent camper upgrading to the RV lifestyle, you may have experience camping with your pet. Even so, there are a few things to remember when RVing with dogs to ensure a positive experience. Two of the best things you can have going for you are a good leash and a well-trained dog. This combination keeps your pet safe, your neighbors happy, and your trip enjoyable. Let’s look at some other tips and frequently asked questions.

It’s exciting to be new to the RV life, full of anticipation of all the adventures ahead of you. But one question that may be on your mind is, “What do I do with my dog on vacation?” If you’re a seasoned tent camper upgrading to the RV lifestyle, you may have experience camping with your pet. Even so, there are a few things to remember when RVing with dogs to ensure a positive experience. Two of the best things you can have going for you are a good leash and a well-trained dog. This combination keeps your pet safe, your neighbors happy, and your trip enjoyable. Let’s look at some other tips and frequently asked questions.

Is RVing with Dogs Possible and Safe?

Yes, many people spend years traveling in their RVs with dogs. It can be a great alternative to camping alone and also a natural deterrent to theft, or curious nocturnal scavengers. When it comes to your dog’s safety, RVs are no different than cars. Drive cautiously and try not to brake suddenly which can throw your pet off balance.

The most secure way to travel with your dog is to use a crate or vehicle harness. This will keep Fido safe and protected in case of an accident. The most important thing to remember is keeping your dog with you. It is never wise to leave a dog or any other pet in a towed RV when no one else is with them.

Are RV Parks Dog-Friendly?

Not every RV park welcomes dogs. There are RV parks that do not allow pets at all. Not to worry, dogs are allowed at many campgrounds but they don’t necessarily have dog-related amenities. Finally, there are the parks that are truly dog-friendly. These parks may provide public areas that are designed for dogs giving them dedicated space to have fun, roam around and explore freely.

It’s important when traveling with pets to do your research and find the right park for your trip. When you’re RVing with dogs, remember that not everyone is a dog lover. So when you’re choosing a destination, picking a dog-friendly park is the best first step in respecting other people’s camping experience as well as having an enjoyable adventure yourself.

What Type of RV Should I Use for Traveling with a Dog?

Just like your dog can ride with you in whatever vehicle you happen to drive, a dog can travel in any RV! If you are looking for an RV, take the size of your pet into consideration and look for one that provides ample space for you and your dog. The larger your dog, the more impact your RV choice may have on your overall comfort. In the same way that a Great Dane may be more comfortable riding in a minivan than in a Mini Cooper, a larger RV may be a better choice if you are the owner of a larger breed. Obviously, the larger the RV, the more spacious and comfortable no matter the size of your dog. Keep in mind that the more space you have, the more areas you’ll have to clean up after your dog.

Tips for RVing with Dogs

Plan Regular Stops

Planning regular stops during your RV trip is crucial for your dog’s comfort and well-being. These breaks provide an opportunity for your dog to stretch, exercise, and relieve themselves. It’s not only a physical break but a mental one as well, offering a change of scenery and a chance to explore new surroundings.

Every stop is a mini-adventure for your dog, filled with new scents and sights that provide mental stimulation. Besides, these stops are beneficial for you as well, allowing you to stretch your legs, get some fresh air, and take a break from the monotony of driving.

Ensuring your dog stays hydrated and gets a chance to relieve themselves will contribute to a more comfortable and enjoyable RV experience for both of you.

Keep a Routine

Maintaining a routine while on the road can significantly help in reducing anxiety and keeping your dog comfortable. Stick to a regular feeding schedule to keep your dog’s digestive system on track. Regular bathroom breaks are also part of this routine, ensuring your dog gets plenty of opportunities to relieve themselves. Incorporate elements of your dog’s routine from home into your travel schedule, like regular playtimes and walks.

These familiar activities provide a sense of security and normalcy amidst the constantly changing environment of the road. A routine creates a semblance of familiarity which can be reassuring to your dog, making the RV trip a pleasant experience.

Get a Vet Check-Up

Before heading out on your RV adventure, a visit to the vet is essential to ensure your dog is healthy and ready for the journey. A thorough check-up can identify any potential health issues that might need attention. Ensure that all vaccinations are up to date to protect your dog from diseases, especially if you’ll be visiting areas with other animals.

Discuss the possibility of motion sickness with your vet and have appropriate medications on hand if needed. If you’re planning to cross state lines, obtaining a health certificate and having a record of vaccinations is crucial. Having these documents easily accessible can also be beneficial in case of emergencies.

Create a Secure Space for Your Pet

Creating a secure space for your dog to travel in while on the road is imperative for their safety. A well-ventilated crate can provide a secure and comfortable space. Ensure the crate is spacious enough for your dog to stand, turn around, and lie down comfortably. If your dog prefers to be out of a crate, a doggy seatbelt is an alternative to keep them safe and secure. Incorporate familiar items like your dog’s bed, blanket, or toys to help them feel at home in the RV. These familiar scents and textures can provide comfort and reduce anxiety.

Ensuring proper ventilation and temperature control in the RV is crucial for your dog’s comfort, particularly in extreme weather conditions. By creating a secure and comfortable space, you’re setting the stage for an enjoyable and memorable RV adventure with your furry companion.

Replace Your Carpet

If your RV has carpets, one modification you can make is to replace them with smooth, hard flooring. Cleanup is much easier on hard floors, especially if you have a puppy or elderly dog that may be prone to accidents. It also means you have one less appliance to store. Say, “Goodbye, vacuum cleaner,” and, “Hello,” to a convenient space to store dog food!

Cover RV Furniture

When you’re RVing with dogs, one of the easiest ways to protect your furniture from stains or scratches is to cover it. Covering your RV furniture helps retain your RV’s value. It also makes cleaning simple and there are many options from a simple sheet to specialty fitted covers that are specially made for pets. Even if your dog is trained to keep off the furniture, even the best dogs may test the boundaries in your RV – especially in a thunderstorm!

Find a Vet at Your Destination

When you are traveling it’s a good idea to know where the local hospital or urgent care center is in case there is an accident. Likewise, it’s good practice to familiarize yourself with local vets. Chances are, you’ll never need either one, but it’s good information to have whenever you travel just in case.

Keep Temperature In Mind

The extreme temperatures in winter and summer can be brutal, especially for your dog. Temperatures can climb quickly and exponentially in an RV the same way they can in a car. And just like your pet can’t open the door and jump out of a car, they can’t walk out of a scorching RV either. So, it’s important to be mindful of temps and take the same precautions as you would with your dog in your car. Keeping your RV cool in hot weather is important to the comfort and safety of your pet.

Another thing to remember is that if your dog is tied up outside in hot weather, digging down to find a nice, cool layer of dirt to lie in is instinctual and they can move a lot of dirt in a very short amount of time! However, big holes all over your campsite are not a way to make friends with other campers or the park groundskeepers! So, keep a close eye on your furry friend and provide extra water or frequent dips in the lake or local pond to help them regulate their body temperature and stay healthy.

When camping in winter or other cold times of the year, remember that cold-vulnerable dogs like Chihuahuas, Whippets, or Greyhounds will have a hard time keeping warm in a freezing RV. For these breeds it’s especially important to provide a warm dog bed or extra blankets they can nest in when frigid weather arrives. It may be a power-saver when you don’t keep the temperatures in your RV as controlled as you would at home, especially if you are boondocking. Just be alert to your dog’s comfort level and adjust accordingly.

Beware of Wild Animals

Part of the fun of camping is being out in nature. When you’re out in nature, you’re much more likely to encounter wild animals, which is part of the camping experience. It’s important to keep in mind that you and your dog won’t have the same reaction to seeing an animal in the wild, and their reaction may not always the safest one (think skunk!)

The simplest way to keep you and your dog safe is to keep them on a leash at all times. No matter how well-trained your dog is, there is no way to predict how they will react to an animal in the wild – especially one they have never been exposed to before or one that startles them.

It can help your trips go smoother and help avoid accidents or injuries either to or from your dog to work on training at home. A well-trained dog kept on a leash goes a long way to ensure safety and an enjoyable experience when you are RVing with dogs, especially when it comes to an unexpected encounter with the local wildlife.

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 (419) 786-1126

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