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Buying an RV for Sale by owner is the best way to buy your next RV. At RVSalebyOwner.com, we are here to help you – whether you are a Buyer or a Seller. For Buyers, we are here to help you find more RVs for sale by owner, both on this site and on your own. We also have different tips that will help you save the most money when you buy an RV. For Sellers, we are here to help you list your RV free and help you sell your RV much faster!

Here are just some of the many things you can benefit from out site:
1) Where do I Find Local RVs For Sale? (see below)
2) RV FSBO Tips For Buying and Selling Fast. (see below)
3) How to Find More RVs and Motorhomes for Sale by Owner

Tips for Selling Your RV For Sale By Owner Quickly


It's fun to buy and RV or Travel trailer for sale by Owner1) Develop a marketing Strategy. Select 4-5 of the advertising methods listed above. Go crazy. Put a big sign in your RV windows and park it near a busy intersection. People will be more interested in buying a ‘used RV for sale by owner’ if they feel it could sell tomorrow.
2) Clean and deodorize your RV. Fix any minor repair that would deter someone from buying. Smoking and pet smells can kill the sell or your RV. Get rid of them if possible.
3) Give anyone that comes to look for a flyer describing the RV for sale by owner and if they tell you they seem interested but don’t make an offer, get their phone number and follow-up.
4) Talk to everyone you know including friends, family, and neighbors. Your neighbors are more than likely in the same stage of life as you and in the same social economic class. Very often, neighbor are the ones that by an RV for sale by owner. This works great when selling used cars.
5) RV selling is very seasonal and the good seasons can vary by state. The best time to sell is when most people would be using an RV. Advertise especially well during the spring and summer.
6) Be ready to negotiate. Also have a local credit union picked out where they could get great rates on RV loans if they need to get one.

Tips For How to Price your Used RV For Sale By Owner:

When looking to sell your used RV for sale by owner the best place to start is finding a good asking price. Two free RV pricing guides are the Nada guide and the Kelley Blue book. Listing it for the recommended price at first is a good idea to test the market. Usually, ones priced below average will sell faster. The average market price varies by area. It’s worth it to do some research on comparable RVs in your area and find out what they are asking for comparable RVs in local newspapers and magazines.

How to find out the Market value of your RV with NADA

1) Visit NADA Guides dot-com. (Link available on Recommended links page)
2) Click on Recreational Vehicles, then click on the type of vehicle you wish to sell. (i.e. Camper, Motor home, Trailer, 5th wheel, Travel Trailer).
3) Choose the manufacturer and the year manufactured.
4) Next pick the model number with the length and width. (This model number, usually is found on a plate or sticker near the door. It should also be on the papers you received when you bought it.)
5) This will take you to a page with upgrades. (In some cases, not all upgrades will increase the value.  We suggest you stick with using the ones given to not over price your RV.)
6) Click on get used value and this will give you a low and an average retail value.

*New article: RVs For Sale By Owner: Three Simple Ways to Find A Great Deal

How to Find Used RVs For Sale By Owner


There are many places you can find or advertise motorhomes, campers, fifth wheels, or used RVs for sale by owner. You need to remember that RVs is a numbers game. The more interested prospects, the more likely you are to sell it fast.
1) For the Buyer: You can find RVs listed for sale at an RV Park and Sell lot. Most States have these, they are just places where several owners will pay to park their RVs over the weekend. People who want to buy a used RV for sale by owner flock to these places because there is a large choice of inventory for sale by owner in one place. To make and offer on a used RV for sale by owner, just contact the seller.
For the Seller: In the Spring and summer, during RV fever season, take the RV to a “Park’ n Sell” with some flyers to help advertise the coach or RV. Also take your RV to an RV show, park it near the entrance.  Place a large “for sale” sign on it. With any luck you will have an offer by the end of the day!
2) For the Buyer: try Craigslist for local listings. Also try our site. It is a great resource. There are also some free places to advertise listed below and you can also find good listing there.
For the Seller: Use free Online ‘RV for sale by owner’ marketing campaign. Post ads by going to our free listings. Also you can use Craigslist, Google Base, Oodle, Edgeio, Vast, Lycos Classifieds . When possible, use pictures.
Happy couple getting a great deal on an RV from a dealer3) For the Buyer: Most RVs for sale by owner aren’t advertised in the newspaper. As you are driving to and from work, look for RVs for sale park near high traffic areas. If you start paying attention you will find 2 or 3 RVs for sale just driving to work or around your neighborhood. Also these sellers are usually very anxious to sell.
>For the Seller: Buy two large for sale by owner signs to put in your RV with your phone number and any information to help you sell such as ‘price reduced’. Park the RV near a busy road or intersection. Most RV are big enough to attract their own attention. Results vary but a good rate of response is about two calls a day.
4) Advertise in RV specific newspapers and magazines (such as Boat and RV Trader). People looking to buy will frequent these papers often. Try to make your ‘RV for sale by owner’ listing different from all the other RVs out there and give them a reason to call.
For the buyer: This is a great place to find a lot of RVs and many of them will sell very quickly.
5) Cheap classifieds. You can list or find great deals in the cheap classified. (Such as America Classifieds, Thrifty Nickel, etc.)  Run a 7-10 word line add in the cheap classifieds. It only should cost $2 to $6 dollars per week a per area and generate a few calls. In my experience cheap classifieds work better for selling cheap or luxury RVs.
6) Local newspaper. It is expensive, but it can bring in serious buyers. Best when placed during RV buying season. Make sure to advertise in most specific area. Give people a reason to call.
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Why is using a dealership to sell your RV not a good idea

Typical selling commissions on homes are 4-6%, but with RVs the commissions dealers make are often as high as 30-50%. This is why it is a better for you to sell it yourself. Dealers are not on your team like real estate agents. Every dollar extra they can make you go down on the trade in price of your used RV is an extra dollar they can put in their pocket. We will tell you why plus give you the best advice to help you list and sell your used RV for sale by owner. We hope to present you with lots of new information for selling your RV.
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Buying Your First RV: What You Need To Know



So, you’ve decided to join the 8.2 million Americans who are enjoying the RV lifestyle. That’s great! However, there are several things you need to keep in mind before you go out there and buy your first home-on-wheels. This post will talk about some of the things you need to consider and watch out for when buying an RV for the first time.

RVs for sale by owner1. Buy old instead of new.  New RVs are just freaking awesome. There is nothing more satisfying than the feel of new leather, new carpets, and breathe in that fresh RV smell. However, the problem with new RV’s is that they tend to depreciate in value the moment they hit the road. Used RVs on the other hand, do not drop in value as much as a new RV does.

2. Buy RVs for sale by owner rather than from a dealership. Buying an RV for sale by owner can save you thousands of dollars. If you buy from an RV dealer, you will be paying way too much because of dealer mark-up’s. Dealerships have a lot of upkeep costs, such as RV storage, maintenance, dealer commissions and more. So if you decide to buy from a dealer, expect to pay more than an RV is actually worth. Buying an RV for sale by owner on the other hand will give you the chance to negotiate with an owner and come u with a price that both buyer and owner are satisfied with.


3. Buy from an RV auction. Aside from buying used RVs from an owner, buying from an RV auction is another great option for you. Auctions sell a lot of RVs that have been repossessed by banks. This means that a lot of these RVs are practically new, and are in excellent condition. Best of all, you can buy them at extremely low bidding prices.

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4. Do a complete RV inspection. Before buying, always do an internal and external inspection of the RV. Whether you are buying a new RV or an old one, inspection is very important, so you can avoid an RV that has a lot of existing problems. If you know nothing about RVs, or if it’s your first time buying one, bring along a friend who knows a lot of the RV lifestyle, or someone with auto expertise. Their opinions would greatly count and help you choose a great deal.

5. Know what kind of RV you want.  Before even thinking about looking for an RV to buy, it is best if you lay down the specifics of what you want beforehand. Things like how many people are going to occupy the RV is very important to consider. List them all down so when you look or shop for an RV, you have a guideline that you can follow, and make sure all the specs you are looking for are covered in the RV that you buy.

6. Get a good RV insurance. When you buy an RV, also include RV insurance in your plan. New RVs often come with insurance. With used RVs, you are totally on  your own. It is best to get your RV insured to prepare for untoward incidents like accidents, fires, or robbery. The unique thing about RVs is that they are both a home and a vehicle. Make sure when you get an insurance, that it covers both aspects of your RV, as a home and a vehicle.

There are still many other things to consider when buying an RV. Look around our site and read more of our posts to learn more about buying an RV. Also, if you have more ideas, feel free to share them by commenting below.

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Things You Should Avoid When Buying An RV

So you have decided to take that big leap and buy an RV. Congratulations, and perhaps  I should also wish you good luck, because buying an RV is a risk. A huge risk.

how to buy a used RVMost people these days go for used RV’s because new ones tend to depreciate in value the moment you turn on the ignition and drive the RV off the dealer’s lot. Also, used RV’s are a lot cheaper than the new kind, and just as much as good as the shiny motorhomes that adorn the dealership displays. Buying an RV for sale by owner is definitely a good decision, however, there are many things to consider, because even though you have a good opportunity to save thousands of dollars, you could still end up losing more money if you are not careful. To be careful, one must know what a good RV is, and what is not. Just because an RV is looking so neat and pretty does not mean it is a good bargain. So for this post, I am going to talk about the things you should avoid when looking for a good RV to buy.

Water Damage. When water damage is present, structural damage in the RV is usually present as well. You should be very careful when you see signs of water damage, such as water stains in the ceilings and walls. Soft spots in the floor could also be a good sign. Paint peeling off, rusting, and wood starting to delaminate should ring an alarm bell. Once water has found its way within the walls of the RV,  this could cause separation of the interior plywood structure. If you see these signs, shake your head and walk out of there as fast as you can.

buying a used RVTires. Even though an RV has not be used often, tires tend to age and deteriorate. So do not be fooled when you see that the tires are looking all swell and dandy. You need to go over the tires and check for any cracking. If you drive the RV and the tires unexpectedly fails, there could be great danger for RV damage and self jeopardy when you lose total control of the RV. Checking the tires should always be mandatory.

Sun Damage. RV’s usually spend a great deal of time exploring the outdoors and being exposed to natural elements such as heat, wind and rainfall. The sun in particular, can cause a lot of damage over time. Just as our skin gets damaged when exposed to the sun for too long, so do RV’s. Sun exposure can cause both interior and exterior aspects of the RV to go brittle and easily break. Fabrics and plastics could go brittle and disintegrate into pieces right before your very eyes. So be extremely careful and make sure to inspect every part of an RV for any signs of cracks due to sun exposure.

Defective Appliances. Electronic appliances such as the fridge, the stove, the air conditioning unit, and centralized heater can appear normal as if nothing is wrong with them. But be careful. Always check appliances to see if they are working. When something goes wrong during an inspection, sometimes owners will  downplay the damage and dismiss it as a simple malfunction that can easily be corrected. Do not let yourself be deceived. Try to find out what is causing the problem and decide if it is worth fixing or not.

Warranty. Not all warranty is transferable from the original owner to a second owner. Even if you buy an RV that is less than one year old, it does not automatically mean your RV is covered by warranty once you get ownership of the RV. Even when the seller has bought an extended warranty, always check that you are covered when you assume ownership of the RV.

There are still many things to consider when you buy a used RV, such as depreciation of value, plumbing problems,  unwanted pet smell and smoke odor, and other technical issues. When you go looking for RVs for sale by owner, it is best to have a mechanic or someone who has a lot of RV experience, to tag along when you shop. A second opinion from an expert is really important, most especially when you know next to nothing about RVs and vehicles in general. Also, do your homework before you go shopping. Ask around, talk to highly experienced RViers, join online forums and read about common problems that people encounter when using or buying an RV. It is best to come fully prepared before you start making a huge investment.

 

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