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So, you want to sell your RV fast? It looks like the price of RVs will be going down—or back to “normal,” as some have predicted—in the near future. There will be an increased supply and a decrease in demand, so it doesn’t look like 2023 will be a seller’s market. But that doesn’t mean you can’t sell your RV quickly and for a fair price.
Let’s take a look at some of the best places to sell your RV fast.
When Is It Time to Sell Your RV?
According to most experts, the best time to sell your RV is in early spring, even as early as January and February. Prospective buyers are done with the holidays and are thinking toward next summer. They might be considering reservations for the next camping season and be ready to think about purchasing an RV.
You, the seller, might also be thinking about what the next camping season holds for you. Do you want to downsize or upsize? Have you decided RVing isn’t right for you? You probably want to get rid of that RV and stop paying for storage and other fees once you decide. Only you have the answer to what comes next.
For us, a good seller’s market and a desire to have a set place for our winter residence caused us to sell last year. We have also purchased another RV that will fit our lifestyle at this point in time.
The 9 Best Places to Sell Your RV Fast?
Selling your RV quickly is possible, depending on the method you use. All have their pros and cons. Check out some of these ways to sell your RV fast.
1. Trade-In to a Dealership
A trade-in to a dealership is probably the quickest way to sell your RV. This is a great route if you plan to purchase another RV. A dealership will take care of all the paperwork, and once you find your new camper, you can probably get it all done in a day.
The negative to this is you probably won’t get as much for the old camper as you would with a private sale.
Dealerships may also be willing to just purchase your RV outright. Again, you probably will be able to get more money with a private sale, but if you need to get rid of it quickly, this might be the best way.
2. List on Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist
Facebook Marketplace is a good place to list your RV. Craigslist has decreased in popularity over the past several years because of safety concerns, but it is still a viable option for listing your RV. Be aware of scams on any social media platform, and keep your “Spidey Senses” on alert when you meet with prospective buyers.
You can also search for Facebook pages for your particular brand and model. Some will allow you to post your information. I know, for example, there is a Grand Design page specifically for selling that brand.
3. Sell on a National Website
Posting your RV on a national website can also be a good way to list your RV. Sites such as RVTrader.com have gained popularity over the last several years and brought in qualified buyers for us. We did sell our RV through a lead on RV Trader in less than a month.
Other online sites include eBay, RVUSA.com, NationalVehicle.com, and RVDaily.com. Most can narrow a search by city so buyers in your area can find your listing.
4. Use a Consignment Dealership or Broker
If you don’t want to show your RV and handle the details, a consignment dealer or broker might be the option for you. Working with either of these can allow more exposure to buyers. Also, the dealer handles the financing aspect of the sale.
Be aware that the consignment dealer or broker takes their commission out of the sale price. You won’t end up with as much money if you sell it yourself. Also, not all RV insurance companies will cover your RV while it sits on the consignment lot. There are some insurance companies that offer consignment coverage, but you have to find them.
Additional fees may include cleaning and prep. If you are under contract for the consignment, you can’t sell it anywhere else, and you can’t use your RV while it is consigned.
5. Park It Somewhere Visible With a For Sale Sign
This tried-and-true method may not be the fastest way to sell your RV but could net a potential buyer. You will have to wade through prospects who are not serious, and you will have to perform all the details yourself to get the sale.
When selling an RV yourself, you will have to be available to show the RV, take care of the initial paperwork for the title transfer, and other issues.
6. Buy Newspaper or Magazine Ads
For this option, you will likely want to find a local newspaper or magazine with classified advertising. These are usually inexpensive, and you could find your buyer with this method. Again, the follow-up for the sale will still be in your corner.
7. Utilize Online RV Forums or Social Media Groups
As I mentioned, social media groups exist for everything, including specific brands. Putting your RV on a listing is a great way to cast the net wide to look for a buyer. However, this method may not narrow down buyers to your geographical area; you could find someone who is interested but lives thousands of miles away.
Online RV forums might also be an option because these have many followers and many different topics. Some have message boards or for sale boards that can be used for free or for a small fee.
You might do better to narrow your search for a buyer to a local online page or one that allows you to post in a section for your area only.
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8. Try an Online Auction
An online auction might be a good option if you want to sell your RV quickly. These will bring in plenty of interested buyers. Once the bidding is done, you’ve sold your RV. Please consider that you will have to pay a fee to have your camper entered into the auction, and you may not get the price you want.
If you want to get the most money out of your RV, an auction will probably not work for you. Another concern is that not all auctions are available to the public. Most require special credentials to participate.
9. Ask Friends and Family
You can certainly ask friends and family to help pass the word that you have an RV for sale. Friends who are RVers are probably the most likely to pass on a prospective buyer. Don’t count on this method to bring a lot of prospective buyers to your doorstep, but it may bring just the person you need.
Which Selling Method Will Yield the Quickest Sale?
A trade-in to a dealership or a straight-out sale to a dealership will likely bring you the quickest sale of your RV. An online auction will also provide a quick sale. The questions remain: how quickly do you need to sell, and what amount of money do you need to get from the sale?
Which Method of Selling Your RV Will Yield the Highest Sale Price?
If you have patience and a little time, a private sale will likely net you the most money for your RV. You can ask the price that you want and wait until you get that deal. Check out our article called How to Sell Your RV for Top Dollar for even more info!
What’s the Safest Way to Sell an RV?
Protect your safety by meeting with the prospective buyer in a public place, if possible. If you are selling a motorhome and the potential buyer wants to take a test drive, go along with them. Also, take a friend with you. Do not disclose any personal information and remove any of that information, such as maintenance receipts, insurance, or registration information, from the vehicle.
For payment, make sure you only take a certified bank check or cashier’s check. A money transfer is also a good way to go. Make sure you have all the details from your bank on the proper procedure, and never turn over the title until you have the money in hand.
Make sure the buyer signs the title and the bill of sale when they take possession of the RV.
You must disclose any past flooding or accidents that have occurred with the vehicle. Failure to disclose this information could cause a future lawsuit.
6 Tips to Sell Your RV for Top Dollar
While you may be reading this to sell your RV fast, you also want to make sure and get the most money you can out of the deal. Here are a few tips to make sure you get top dollar for your RV.
1. Determine Your Rig’s Market Value
How do you determine your motorhome’s or travel trailer’s market value? Several ways will help to determine what value you put on your RV.
Check out the NADA RV Value website (Now known as the J.D. Power Price Guide). This will give you a range of RV sale prices based on the manufacturer, model, and manufacture year. The website narrows RVs down to either the general model or the exact floor plan.
RVTrader.com will also give you valuable insight while considering the RV’s model, manufacturer, year, and condition.
Sites like eBay, Facebook Marketplace, and Craigslist will give you a general idea of what price points and other factors people are selling their comparable RVs in the area.
You can always opt for a professional appraisal. These companies take an up-close look at condition and features and will likely know more about special features or retrofits and how these figure into your selling price.
Your local dealer could also be an excellent resource on the worth of your RV. They won’t charge you for the information like a professional appraiser and will give you some options such as consignment, trade-in, and sales.
When selling your RV, also consider the manufacturer, model, and age. Some brands hold their value better than others. Location and time of year are also factors that affect the price. Make sure you compare RVs in your geographic area and know that RV values peak before the spring and early summer camping season.
You can also check out our article called Is There a Carfax History for RVs? for more info about how to value your RV.
2. Prepare Your RV to Sell
No matter how you plan to sell your RV, there will be some work you need to do before you put it on the market.
I. Clean Your RV
No doubt, a sparkling and shiny RV will sell much quicker than one that hasn’t been touched. As my husband and I were looking at Class C RVs, we followed up on an ad several hours from our home. The seller used the word “immaculate” several times. It wasn’t even clean, let alone immaculate, which made me wonder what other problems the unit might have. Safe to say, we did not buy that RV.
II. Fix Your RV
You must disclose any problems with the RV, so it’s best just to fix anything that you can. When you do that, the prospective buyer will know that you have taken good care of the RV. They will have fewer concerns about the rig breaking down or fixing things immediately.
III. Make Updates Worth the Money
Some updates that might make your RV sell fast include replacing outlets that include household and USB ports.
Replacing the appliances in your Class A, particularly if they are more than 5 years old, is also a good option. You can refresh the cabinetry, replace or take out the awning or upgrade the washer and dryer. All of these updates will make prospective buyers consider your RV over others.
3. Choose the Best Time to Sell
The best time to sell your RV is in the late spring or early summer. The sun is starting to shine a little more, the grass is getting greener, and families are thinking about summer vacation and where they might take the kids. Casual lookers might even get RV fever when they look at your exceptionally clean and well-priced RV.
4. Create a Winning Online Listing (If Applicable)
If you plan to advertise and sell your RV yourself, an enticing listing will go a long way toward getting people out to take a look. And please, don’t call the RV immaculate if it is not.
I. Take Good Photos
Good photos will draw people and give them the desire to see your RV. Be sure and take pictures in natural light if possible. Naturally bright pictures are more appealing.
Make sure you show the space and the upgrades you have made. Also, make sure you don’t catch your reflection in any mirrors.
II. Be Honest About the Condition
Be honest about the condition of the rig in your ad wording. If it’s a fixer-upper, then include that wording, although that will probably be evident in the photos. Any other damage or problems should have already been fixed before you started to market the RV.
III. List the Best Features
List any ways you have upgraded your RV, such as solar panels, extra batteries, new appliances, etc. Anything above and beyond the same make and model purchased off a dealer’s lot will entice buyers to come and look.
5. Be Available for Showings
Always try and be as flexible as possible when showing your RV. Certainly, not having much availability will not get it sold promptly.
6. Prepare the Transfer Paperwork
Your location may dictate what paperwork is needed during the sale. Be sure and confirm local laws and regulations before you begin.
One item of paperwork that you will need is a bill of sale completed between the buyer and the seller. You will also need to transfer the title to the new owner. These two documents prove a legal sale and transfer of ownership.
When the title is signed over to the buyer, they can register the RV in their name with the local department of motor vehicles. The bill of sale confirms the selling price, vehicle ID, buyer and seller information, and any special terms or conditions.
Is It Difficult to Sell Your RV Quickly?
Many factors go into selling your RV quickly, but it shouldn’t be difficult. Certainly, the method of selling and the price is probably the most important aspects. If you price your RV well, make it appealing to prospective buyers.
Hit the market in the spring when buyers are looking and be upfront about the rig’s condition. Following these steps will give you the best chance to sell your RV fast.
So, What’s the Best Place to Sell Your RV Quickly?
The best place to sell your RV quickly is with a direct sale or trade-in at a dealer. Dealers will be happy to buy and resell your clean, well-maintained rig. However, you can get the best price by selling your RV privately.
To recap, when selling your RV, make sure that it is priced within the market value range. An overpriced rig is not likely to sell quickly.
Fix any problems and clean your RV as close to showroom quality as possible. Hopefully, you have kept maintenance records that you can show a prospective buyer. Be honest about any problems that you were unable to repair.
Finally, be sure that you have researched any regulations or laws in your area regarding a bill of sale or transfer of title. When you do have someone make an offer, you will be ready for the transaction.
If you are willing to do the work, you should sell your RV fast and be ready for your next rig or ready for that next chapter.
What If I Can’t Sell My RV?
Another great option is to rent out your RV and use it to make some income. We know people who rent their RV for anywhere from $100 to over $200 a night! Check out our article called Make Money By Renting Out Your RV.
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Terri Nighswonger and her husband Todd are full-time RVers and work campers. They have been living full-time in their RV for nearly three years with their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Newton, and their Minnie Australian Shepherd, Remi.
They originate from the Midwest but plan to enjoy the west for a few years, wintering in Arizona and summering wherever the road may lead. Writing is Terri’s passion, but she also loves hiking, kayaking, walking her dogs, and anything she can do outdoors.