As all RV owners know, there’s no quitting the RV life once you’re used to the freedom of the open road. But if you’re thinking of upgrading to a new model, first you’ll have to sell your current wheels.
Whether you trade it in, negotiate with a dealership, or find a private buyer, you’ll get a much better price when selling your RV if it’s ready for sale.
From updating your RV essentials to checking your RV ownership papers, keep reading to learn the important tasks you’ll need to take care of before selling your RV.
1. Prepare the Paperwork
While dealership services will help you with the necessary paperwork you’ll need to sell your RV, you’ll still have to get all your current RV ownership documents in order.
Exactly what you’ll need to do to prepare the paperwork can depend on everything from which state you live in to the age of your trailer, while some types of RVs may need extra documentation. Check with your state DMV to find out more.
2. Clean Your RV
Preparing your RV for sale with a thorough clean inside out and out is a must. But don’t think that a spot of vacuuming will be enough. If you’ve often traveled with pets, you’ll need to ensure that any lingering odors or stains are taken care of. Freshening up the interior with a new coat of paint and deep cleaning any upholstery or carpet will also help you get a better price for your RV.
3. Remove Any Personal Traces
Prospective buyers will want to be able to imagine themselves having their own adventures in your RV. While you’re in the process of cleaning and freshening up your RV, make sure to strip it down to the bare essentials and remove any pictures, souvenirs, or any other personal traces.
4. Add Appealing Upgrades
In order to market your RV as the best travel trailer available for the asking price, you’ll need to make sure it’s equipped with the kinds of features that will appeal to prospective buyers. Especially if you plan on selling it in the spring ready for warmer-weather adventuring. This could include adding storage options, charging outlets, or accessibility modifications.
5. Get Your RV Appraised
Having your RV appraised will make the selling process a lot smoother as you’ll have its value approved by a professional. To get an appraisal, you’ll need to put together a list of upgrades you’ve completed over the years. This professional review of the current condition of your trailer will also give you a better idea of how much you can expect to sell your RV for.
What to Do Before Selling Your RV
When selling your RV, it’s important to remember that the new owners will want to get as much enjoyment out of your travel trailer as you have.
As such, preparing your RV for its next adventures and getting the relevant paperwork in order will ensure both happier buyers and a smoother, faster sale!
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