Cliffy, as you've mentioned, if you can find a good consignment dealer, it's the way to go if you want to avoid a lot of headache. An honest consignment dealer will help you with the correct price for the market and because you are doing a lot of research on your own, you'll know if the dealer is being straight up with you.
I've sold one motorhome on my own and one on consignment and, for me, it's much easier to consign. I don't want the hassle of dealing with scam calls, making appointments to show (and sometimes those appointments donít show up), test drives, parties that try pushing creative financing because they can't get a loan the conventional way, extensive back-and-forth dickering, handling the transfer of funds once the deal is agreed upon, making sure the title is transferred correctly, etc., etc.
Sure, you do leave money on the table by consigning ...the dealer has to make their share but for a service that is well worth it for some ...for me, at least. When I consigned on my last coach, the dealer handled everything pertaining to the sale; getting the coach detailed, suggesting what had to be fixed and what didn't and doing the work for a reduced price, advertising and marketing, showing the unit, all the negotiations with the buyer, and all the paperwork at the end concerning the transfer of the title, licensing, etc. All I did was go in after everything was finalized and sign a few papers and pick up the check.
One of the main benefits that a consignment dealer can do which we can't as private sellers is to wheel-and-deal the prospective buyer concerning their trade-in. The party who purchased my coach had a trade-in and that's where, I believe, the dealer made the most money ...not as much on me but on the buyer and his trade. I'm thinking that the buyer would not have even approached an ad I placed as a private individual as he wanted to do the "easy" thing too and negotiate with a dealer on a trade for a newer coach.
So to me, using a dealer for consignment is worth the money I leave on table as the final result for I would gladly give that up for the service they offer. I realize that others do not feel the same but it's just how much hassle you personally want or are able to deal with. I think your friend would not want to put you through all that hassle either.