Selling Your RV / Motor Home
Ready to sell your RV, motor home, travel trailer, or fifth-wheel?
When you’re selling an RV, you want to get top dollar. By investing a little time and money before posting that For Sale sign, you can increase your chances of making a successful sale.
Steps you can take to get the most from the sale of your motor home, travel trailer, or fifth-wheel.
You want to get top dollar for your RV. By investing a little time and money before posting the For Sale sign, you can increase your chances of making a successful sale.
Looks aren’t everything, but they can make the difference between prospective buyers giving your rig a quick glance or a thorough lookover. A clean and well-maintained rig will attract more serious buyers, and shows that you care about the condition of your rig down to the last detail.
Follow these steps to give your rig more sales appeal:
- Wash and wax your RV’s exterior.
- Scrub and gloss the tires; inflate them to the proper pressure. Remove all window and bumper stickers.
- Replaces any latches or hinges that don’t work properly.
- Paint minor scratches (paint is often available at RV dealerships).
- Use a degreaser to remove fluids and dirt from the engine compartment.
- Clean the interior thoroughly; shampoo the upholstery and carpets. You may want to replace upholstery or carpet that shows excessive wear.
- Repair or replace window treatments (blinds, shades, etc.) that don’t work properly.
- Remove personal items from the storage areas and glove box. Clean these areas thoroughly.
- Eliminate any odors with some potpourri or an air freshener.
To Fix or Not to Fix…
Two basic rules apply when you determine which repairs to make before putting your rig up for sale:
- As a general rule, you should make all inexpensive repairs. Leave more expensive repairs and services to the new owner, and be sure to let potential buyers know of any major repairs needed.
- Use your best judgment. Repairs should make sound financial sense. If you’re likely to recoup the cost of the repairs through a higher sales price, go ahead with the repairs.
Buyers are looking for good value for their money, not perfect vehicles. They’ll accept normal wear and tear if you can show you’ve taken care of the RV. Be prepared to provide maintenance and service records and receipts to prospective buyers.
The following checklist includes some simple maintenance to consider:
- Change the oil and oil filter.
- Replace all burnt out bulbs and fuses.
- Lubricate door hinges
- Repair windshield cracks. Have this done by a professional, if necessary.
- Check all fluid levels and refill fluids, as needed.
It says a lot to a prospective buyer that you care enough to take such measures. This reflects an owner who knows the importance of the little things, which is a big thing when it comes to making a sale that satisfies both parties.
This article was contributed by the Foremost Insurance Group of Companies, based in Grand Rapids, MI. Foremost has been a national leader in specialty insurance products for more than 50 years. Recreational vehicle insurance is a Foremost specialty.