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Selling Your RV During COVID-19? Here’s What You Need To Know

The coronavirus pandemic has left us all questioning our everyday decisions. Should I leave the house? Should I keep vacation plans? Should I still buy new items from retail stores?

With questions of even buying new items, there’s sure to be questions about buying used items, and for the RV community, that means questions on how to sell your RV during this trying time.

People are afraid of the unknown more than ever now, which might make it seem like a hard sell, but on the other hand, RV sales are booming as more and more people are realizing it is the better way to vacation while still maintaining social distancing. Here are some useful tips on how to sell your RV during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Of course you’ll want to advertise that your RV is up for sale, but what you include in the listing during the pandemic is especially important. In addition to regular information such as RV features, mileage, etc. you’ll want to inform people of your cleanliness efforts to reassure them.

List your RV for sale across several sites like RV Trader, Craigslist, iRV2 Classifieds, Airstream Classifieds, etc. for the most exposure. Post high-quality photos of both the interior (kitchen, lounging area, bathroom, bedroom) as well as the exterior. A buyer will feel more confident in reaching out to purchase your RV if they have seen quality photos and detailed information in the listing.

Another option is to list your RV for consignment through a local dealer. Reach out to the businesses near you to see if they are currently offering consignment programs.

Social distance

One of the most important aspects of selling your RV during these trying times is maintaining proper social distancing throughout the whole process. Take a video tour of your RV and share it in your ad, or inform buyers in your listing that you will provide it to those interested.

After viewing the video tour, anyone who is more interested could schedule a time to come view the RV. For those viewing the RV in person, let them go inside by themselves, wearing gloves and masks. It might be a good idea to provide gloves and masks in case they don’t bring them.

Decide if you’ll let potential buyers test drive and whether you feel comfortable going with them or not. If you go with them, sit in the back or at least a distance of six feet away. 

Photo by Mike, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons
The basics

While there are measures that must be taken due to coronavirus, there are also basic steps to take no matter when you sell your RV.

These include fixing minor repairs, having your RV assessed (mobile RV services may be the better option right now), and getting your RV into generally good condition. You’ll also want to make sure you have your RV title and the necessary tools to do a title transfer in your state. 

See also: Sell A RV: Tips For Selling In RV Classifieds