Lots and lots of RV dealers post a sheet with the NADA value - including options or add-ons - and their then asking price is several thousand below high retail and a couple thousand above low retail, again with
There are even a few retailers that post an asking price that is closer to the original list price than any sort of reality I'm used to. Perhaps they are selling these RV's at inflated prices to the people that RV Consumer Group's (rv.org
) JD Gallant writes about in his "How To Outwit any Auto, Truck or RV Dealer Every Time" as 'laydowns'. I don't want to (and now after reading the guide, cannot) be a 'laydown' nor do I want to be so aggressive that the salesmen/dealership or private seller is turned off and refuses to continue to deal with me.
Then there are the private sellers that obviously have a large emotional attachment to their trailer as their asking prices 40% to 70% above NADA average retail - and some even more!
Doing a quick search on this forum suggests that many are of the opinion that NADA low retail without
any options added in should be the maximum (give or take a few hundred) that one should pay for a used 5er.
Others suggest that the actual sold prices on PPL Motorhomes
should be a better guide.
Again, it's time to party on as confusion reigns.
Just two examples:
This 2005 Hitchhiker
32.5 RLSBG sold for $22,995.
This 2005 Hitchhiker II LS by Nu Wa is Set Up for Traveling! Options include....Electric Landing Gear, 2 Slide-outs, 1 Ducted Roof A/C, Double Door Refrigerator, Main & Slide Awnings, Washer/Dryer Connections, Heated Tanks, Satellite Dish, TV, Outside Shower, Microwave, 3 Burner Range and Oven. You'll Really Like all the Storage Space in the Bedroom!
This 2005 Hitchhiker
32.5 RLSBG sold for $17,995.
This 2005 Hitchhiker II LS Is Waiting For The Road! Benefits Include...Electric Landing Gear, 2 Slide-Outs, 1 Roof A/C, Double Door Refrigerator, Main Awning, Washer/Dryer Connections, CD Radio, 2 TVs, DVD Player, Microwave, 3 Burner Range And Oven. Are You Ready To Travel In Style In This Well Maintained Rig?
Both are the exact same floor plan. Yes, I know condition matters, but $5k worth? Or did the slide awnings and the satellite dish make the $5k difference?
OK... NADA says...
So... When I find a trailer that I like, seems to be in decent condition, what value do I shoot for?
Obviously the odds are long that I'll find an exact match on PPL - and even if I did you can see there's a $5k difference on the exact model.
I can get a general clue about value from PPL - but that could be a $5k clue mistake too.
This NADA example suggests that the folks that bought the two Hitchhikers over paid - by several thousand in one case.
What is your personal experience?
Suggestions and guidance please.