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Old 05-10-2013, 11:23 AM   #15
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The list of options in the online NADA guide is generic to all RVs - it is not specific to your model. I've always recommended ignoring that list entirely - most people (and certainly all dealers) won't pay extra for any of those items.

I think most of the list is ancient history, dating from the days when RVs were pretty basic and having an awning, or a fridge instead of an ice box, meant something. Now, nearly every RV is well-equipped with appliances and amenities, and the price difference between a bigger awning and a smaller one, a 10 gallon heater instead of 6, or some extra horsepower, is limited, if anything at all. Any of them may be worth something to the educated buyer with some particular wants & needs, but not much in general.

The total package of extras in an RV may give it a bit of extra appeal and be worth a extra percent or two in the resale price, but condition probably overwhelms that handily. By that I mean that a rig in visually better condition but fewer amenities probably commands a higher price, whereas the option list would lead you to the opposite conclusion.
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Rick,
I notice you have an Ellipse 40FD, but NADA lists the 40FD as a Horizon model that has the ISL as standard. Wonder if yours may be equipped (optioned) essentially as a Horizon? I have a similar situation - my American Tradition has most all of the options that would be standard if it were the more expensive American Eagle. [AC owners call them "TrEagles" - a Tradition masquerading as an Eagle.] But an Eagle with the same floor plan is worth about 12% more than mine and I can't get that extra dough, even though I can list the 20+ factory options and show they are what makes the difference between them. It's just the way things are...
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