Right Places to Find Old Motorhomes

February 3, 2009

Older models of motorhomes are out there everywhere for sale. They are on the lots, privately for sale and everything in between! This is not such a bad thing though, because those ones that have been barely taken out on the roads are the diamonds in the rough. These types of old motorhomes for sale are not as rare as one may first think! So many barely used motorhomes sit in the parking garages and driveways of many just waiting to be bought by a family wanting to utilize it.

Used MotorhomesThere are those motorhomes with high mileage of many years pertaining to numerous fulfilled happy vacations, but then there are those newly bought, used once and parked to gather dust. The least used will be those of higher priced between the two extremes of used motorhomes for sale. The decision of which variation to choose is all up to you and your family needs. There are many points to look at when making your investment choices over which used R.V. is the right one to purchase.

There will be many things to consider besides prices. One of the first things to be considered is the original mileage of the pre-owned motorhome. This will give you a good idea of the wear and tear within the engine that could cost you more than the original for sale price savings later on. There is also the sink and bathroom system. No matter is the highest class or the most basic, you do not want to buy any motorhome home that will cost you in redoing the interior if you were not planning on modifications during your final purchasing.

If wanting to save larger amounts of money when purchasing pre-owned recreational vehicles, inside amenities or the bare necessities of choices are at your hand. If you are buying from a private owner, it is up to the purchaser for making sure everything properly works inside and out of the used motorhome. Old motorhomes or rv for sale can also be found upon new and used lots and dealerships. These pre-owned motorhomes are thoroughly checked from top to bottom for engine, interior, and exterior maintenance.

So where exactly do you find old motorhomes for sale? There are the private owners in the local papers and regional ads, there are the local recreational vehicles  or travel trailers sales lots and direct dealerships, and then there are local, regional and national websites all over the Internet to choose from. It is important to use several of these resources before buying. There are so many ways to research a motorhome today before purchasing your family investment that it is hard to go wrong!


RV Pricing – How To Determine Used RV Prices

August 20, 2008

Whether you are looking to sell your motor home, travel trailer or 5th wheel it is important that you have a full understanding of what your recreational vehicle or RV is worth. The market changes on a regular basis. Therefore, it is important that you know about rv pricing and used rv prices, so you know how much you can actually sell your RV for.

One of the first conditions that will affect the selling price of your RV is the time of year you are selling it. If you try to sell your RV in the off season, you are less likely to get your desired asking price. Generally, buyers add in the fact they will have to store it for the winter when purchasing an RV. Therefore, they will generally offer you a much lower price. The off season is a bad time to sell your RV because many buyers are not in the market for an RV. In the spring time, buyers are geared up for the upcoming camping season and therefore more likely to pay closer to your RV’s worth.

The condition of your RV will also dictate its worth. If you are trying to sell a newer RV in mint condition, you are more likely to get a fair price for it. However, if you are trying to sell an RV that is older or one that needs some type of repair, chances are you will not get your full asking price. Therefore, when putting your RV up for sale, make sure you fix any chips in the paint or appliances that are not working.

You will want to make sure that your RV is as clean as possible. Remove any clutter from the RV to make sure that it looks as spacious as possible. Do a thorough cleaning of the unit to make it truly shine.

Mileage is another determining factor for your asking price if you are looking to sell a unit that contains a motor. If the mileage is high, your RV will be worth less than if you were to sell one with low mileage.

Another determining factor to consider is what accessories you have in your RV. RV Accessories such as satellite dishes, A/C units, solar panels and awnings will add extra value to your RV.

If you place an ad to sell your RV, be sure to word it properly. You will want to list all of the wonderful features the unit has. Have a friend read over your advertisement before placing it. They can give you a legitimate idea whether you need to add additional information or remove something that might be distracting to potential buyers.

When pricing your RV do not compare it to other units that RV dealers are selling. Whenever a dealer is selling a used unit, they must jack the price up in order to make a profit. Therefore, check out a company that specializes in the pricing of RV’s by the general public, such as Kelly Blue Book.

Before listing your RV for sale, be sure you have a full understanding of what your unit is worth. The more reasonably priced your unit is, the more likely it is to sell.


How to Sell Your RV or Motorhome Successfully

July 29, 2008

When selling an RV or rv bus conversion follow these guidelines to ensure your motorhome sale goes well. Sellers want maximum profit in the shortest time while incurring the least hassle and cost. The buyer wants the same. Everything you as the seller do, must be designed, angled, prepared, presented and directed at the BUYERS point of view in order to net you the best results.

The biggest problem encountered when you go to sell an rv is that there is a very limited market for such luxury purchases. Plus EVERY rv is custom. There is no such thing as a “stock” rv. This means you are selling a very particular item to a minuscule or sometimes nonexistent customer and most importantly you have to FIND that customer.

Disadvantages – never address the disadvantages listed unless the buyer brings it up. Be prepared if they do though. Sometimes it is best to simply reply using the least words possible. For example if the buyer says, “I heard that Bounder rv’s were better than this Itaska you’re selling” You may answer simply…”really?”. Going into a lengthy defense can often just cause the two of you to spend too much time on negative issues. Of course if the buyer’s information is mistaken feel free to gently and courteously disagree with them, present your contrary opinion or facts and move on. Visit the RV for Sale Guide website for a list of the advantages and disadvantages of selling the rv yourself verses listing it with a used rv dealer.

Service Records – Many buyers feel very wary of purchasing anything without paperwork. Provide everything you have like repair receipts, title documents, service records, consumer reports, to help sell your rv.

Pricing – the buyer doesn’t usually care how much you owe, so instead figure out the real value of the vehicle and adjust lower depending on how fast you want serious offers. Do not bring up what you paid for the rv unless it is relative to the current value and in your favor to do so. It is rare that an rv, motor coach or bus is sold by a private individual at a premium price. Today’s buyer has substantial resources available to them in determining what they feel your motorhome is worth. Be ready to discuss this with them. Be ready to substantiate everything you say when it comes to price.

Condition – Everything should work on your rv. If something is broke, either fix it or disclose it to the prospective buyer. This will validate your trustworthiness and add value to everything you say afterwards. If possible have a quote ready to show the buyer what the repair will cost if you don’t want to have it done yourself.

Get help – from a professional salesman, used rv dealer or broker if you are selling an rv for more than $30,000. Many dealers are reputable, experienced and intelligent enough to be worth every penny they may cost you in “markup”. I say “may” cost you because often they can make you money. They can often sell your rv with their markup in place and get you more than you might get on your own.

Preparation – Clean everything out of the rv before showing the rv for sale. This will be especially difficult for a full-timer living in their motorhome. Full-timers should simplify and get rid of absolutely everything that is not completely necessary for day-to-day living. Put the rest in storage. That way they can see that it is not crowded. Buyers expect that the rv they buy should be ready for them to drive away because they are used to making purchases at automobile or rv dealerships where preparation is taken seriously. This helps with first impressions, which are very important. Rarely will a vehicle be purchased without a good to excellent “first look”. Make sure the rv is perfect when the prospective buyers show up. Polish, clean, repair. If something doesn’t work, tell the buyers upfront. Give them a copy of your descriptive list with pictures. Give them a quick tour of the rv then leave the buyers alone. This is VERY important. Buyers will often be shy about snooping around but if they are really interested, and given the chance to look at everything without you staring at them, they will be more likely to turn into a real buyer.

Buyers will often come in pairs. Serious buyers will discuss features they like, and since they have traveled to see your rv, let them spend as much time as they need to look at what they are considering. Tell them where to find you for questions and tell them to TAKE THEIR TIME. Be in the “rv sell” frame of mind but not pushy.

Marketing – take 100 photographs using a digital camera. Shoot close-ups, full views, bays, storage, engine compartments, tire depth, dash close-ups, special or significant features of the rv, upholstery, floor plans, new or upgraded items. List every feature of your rv for sale. You cannot be too redundant. If your list is long, and makes sense, the buyers will read it and be impressed or glance at it and say to themselves “hey this person is thorough and probably took care of this rv” Either way you win. List how many air conditioners you have, heating units, entertainment and electronic equipment, lighting, furniture, engine, transmission, exhaust, chassis, roof type, and flooring. Pick up a brochure from the original manufacturer for your exact rv. If it’s too old for that pick up an equivalent modern version and use it to build your amenities list.

Closing the Deal – if the buyer just will not make the purchase and you have done all you can do, make sure you FIND OUT WHY! Sometimes they are just tire kickers and dreamers, or maybe they had a problem behind the scenes that came up during the negotiations. But then again maybe not. Maybe there was a real legitimate reason why they didn’t buy your rv for sale. Make them tell you truthfully what you could have done differently or what you could do to the rv to help you sell it to the next guy. This is valuable information. Do not waste the opportunity to get it from them. Sometimes it is better to call them later as they will be more candid when they aren’t standing in your front yard.