Preparing Your RV to Sell


Selling a Recreational Vehicle whether it is a motor home, fifth wheel, travel trailer, pop up or truck camper at the highest price is the goal of most people that are trying to sell an RV. What makes an RV worth more to a buyer? The answer to that question could be worth a lot of money.

The first thing that attracts a buyer is that it has to be appealing to the eye. It must be spotlessly clean, in compartments in drawers, inside and out. Wash and wax the outside, clean the tires, and use a tire finish to make them bright. Wax all the chrome on the inside, in the kitchen and bathroom. No matter how old an RV is it will be something new to the buyer, so make sure that is how they see it the first time. Never wait to clean it up before they buy it, it is critical that it be as perfect as possible the first time they see it. You will probably have to wash it after each rain, since you will never know when a buyer might want to see it.

Check everything to make sure it works properly, and if anything is not working, either repair it or have it repaired before you show it. It might only be a twenty dollar item, but it can make the difference in how excited they are about buying it, so it can make or break the deal, before you even get to talk about money. To repeat that, make sure everything works properly before you show your recreational vehicle the first time and every time. A prospective buyer is looking for an RV that is in good shape.

Have the maintenance records all together, and show them to every person that looks at your RV, make copies to give to the person that buys it. If you keep spare parts, like fuses, windshield wiper blades or light bulbs, show them to each perspective buyer and let them know they will go with the sale. This might seem trivial to you, however to a perspective buyer it shows that you have taken care of the recreational vehicle, and that you are throwing in something extra, it can really go a long way to earning their confidence.

Since most perspective buyers will want to test drive your RV, make sure it has plenty of fuel, remember that most dealers fill it up before they drive it off the lot, so you might want to do that also. Make sure the oil and water are full, and the windshield washer fluid, also check the air pressure in the tires. It can really put a negative spin on a test drive if something goes wrong, like a low tire, it makes the perspective buyer feel uncomfortable to go very far, and who would want a recreational vehicle that they are not comfortable going very far in.

Be honest, don't try to cover anything up, if something is broke, fix it properly. Answer questions honestly most people are more interested in buying from someone they trust, and that usually means paying more for it. Put yourself in the buyers place, what would you expect, use that as your guide, and you should have no problem showing your recreational vehicle.