So you are thinking it is time to put your rig for sale in RV classifieds? Very common, but where do you start? Many make the decision to trade in their existing RV for another making the process simple. Though more often than not you could have gotten a better price for your RV by selling it yourself in RV classifieds. Not to mention that selling your RV yourself can be your only option if your not able to trade it in for some reason.
We have arrived in the digital age where most things are discovered and marketed online. RV’s are no different these days. The best approach for many is listing their RV on one or more of the RV classifieds, RV auction sites, or RV message boards. This gives you by far the largest amount of eyes on your RV and the best chance for a fair price from a suitable buyer.
The Most Notable RV Classifieds
First you need to decide which service or website you will utilize. Some of the most popular are Ebay, RV Trader, RVT.com, Craigslist, and RV Online among countless others. You always have the option of using traditional print classifieds as well if you prefer. These tips will work for either!
Tips to Follow When Writing your Classifieds Ad
|1. Dont write like your selling to a group on a boardwalk in the roaring 20s. Imagine your talking with someone face to face when your setting the tone for your RV ad.|
|2. Pay extra special attention to the Title/Headline of your RV ad. Its the equivalent of the first impression.|
|3. Unless using traditional print classifieds, a lack of space is no longer a concern. Try to keep abbreviations to a minimum. The exception is for the Title/Headline which will have limited space.|
|4. Define what types of payment you will accept from the get go. Checks, Money Orders, Cash Down, Paypal, Credit Cards, etc.|
|5. Be thorough in the description of your RV. Generally the more information the better. Try to highlight the most compelling features deemed by the general RV marketplace, not your personal views (Generator, Awning,Pop-outs, Technology, Appliances, Storage, Solar Panels, etc.).|
|6. Explain why you are selling your RV. Easily the most common question asked by buyers.|
|7. Dont forget the simple stuff: Make, Model, Year, Mileage, Engine, Type, and Length.|
|8. Avoid CAPS LOCK WHEN WRITING YOUR AD. Most people are turned away by CAPS.|
|9. List the Price. Sounds obvious but those who dont will find a drastically lower response rate. Dont over price, that will only drive buyers away if its not competitive. Also make sure to list your negotiating terms if you have any. If not , say so in the listing.|
|10. Spend some time formatting your ad making it easy to read. This is especially useful when your ad appears with many others. If you dont have a rare RV that people love then pay special attention to this tip.|
|11. Disclose the Maintenance or lack there of you have done.|
|12. It doesnt hurt to spend a little extra on listing fees. This typically means more exposure which equates to several times the number of potential buyers that can see your listing.|
|13. If you get a lot of questions on your listing, its good, but it also may mean that you didnt give enough detail. Think about all the potential buyers that didnt contact you.|
|14. Honesty is the best policy, misleading someone wont help you or the buyer in the end.|
Less than Perfect RV Classifieds Ad Example
- Needs More Photos (Interior, Exterior, Storage Areas, etc)
- Not enough description
- Potential Buyer HAS TO call in order to find out if they are even interested. Wastes buyers and your time.
BETTER RV Classifieds Ad Example
- Several Photos
- Thorough Description that is well formatted
- Lists out options, sleeping capacity, etc
- Buyer should know if they are interested and possibly be ready to make an offer after reading through it.
RV Classifieds List of Abbreviations (For Headlines or Descriptions)
|Air Conditioning||a/c||Miles Per Gallon||MPG|
|Attention||Attn.||Or Best Offer||OBO|
|States||2 Letter Format (MI, TX, GA, etc)|
|Days of Week||Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun|
|Weight||1k for 1,000 - Pounds (lbs)|
Sellin with RV Classifieds Wrap Up:
We collectively have sold dozens of RV’s over the years through auctions, classifieds, dealer trades, and brokers. It is a process that very few probably enjoy but is unfortunately a necessary evil. With proper planning and care with your classified RV ad, you can ensure the least taxing experience possible. These ideas and concepts are time tested by RV dealers, brokers, and individuals. Using these principles will hopefully connect you with qualified buyers that are ready to discuss purchasing your RV so you can buy another or spend the money on a different toy!
If your in “sell a rv” mode and have additional ideas or thoughts, please share them with everyone below in the comments section!
2 thoughts on “Sell a RV: Tips for Selling in RV Classifieds”
I am newly widowed and have no desire to drive our 40ft diesel Monaco Safari RV I am disabled and limited on computer skills. Can you tell me how I can find a broker to sell it. It is a 2005 with 26,277 miles. I don’t know how to put our pictures on line. It is in perfect condition, has nearly new tires and an extended warranty that is transferable. It has many upgrades and was my husbands pride and joy. A cummins eng. an Allison trans., a workhorse chassis and an Onan gen.. Electric awning plus 2 pull dn awnings. 4 slides, 2 acs a heat pump and gas heat. A queen bed a full length closet and lots of storage. A 1 1/2 split bath, 4 dr fridg./freezer with new unit. A new convection microwave. A new washer/dryer combo. 2 new 32 inch tvs. Tile and carpet. Sleeps 6 . 2 sky lights. Exterior custom paint. Day/night shades. Custom French door on bedroom. Custom wheel covers. Custom bra. Custom windshield and wiper covers. Tons of storage underlie the including pull through accommodations for outside TV. Outside shower sprayer. Hookup accessories. Other accessories can be included. All she needs is a new loving owner ready to enjoy. Priced well below market value at $40,000.00. Only money transfer, your bank to mine or cash. This is that once in a lifetime deal you shouldn’t miss out on. I can be reached at 1/813/322-5115. My e-mail does not always work, because I have difficulty checking it, so calling is best for me.
may we add one additional comment please?
take the time to CLEAN OUT the junk, dirty dishes, dirty clothes, etc., along with making up the beds BEFORE you take the pictures for the listing. it is unbelievable that anyone would list an expensive RV
and expect people to look at it, or call ,when it looks like a junk yard inside…. seen LOTS of these….
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