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Old 10-07-2011, 04:01 AM   #1
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I have a motorhome and I would like to find a value for it. Can anyone tell me how to value an RV? Kelly Blue Book doesn't give values for RVs, is there a "blue book" for RVs or motorhomes? The only place I could find is NADA guides but they don't even take in to consideration mileage, only year/make/model/options.
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With a NADA value in the 2500-3000 range, doubt seriously if mileage will make much difference one way or the other.
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I have a motorhome and I would like to find a value for it. Can anyone tell me how to value an RV? Kelly Blue Book doesn't give values for RVs, is there a "blue book" for RVs or motorhomes? The only place I could find is NADA guides but they don't even take in to consideration mileage, only year/make/model/options.
Miles on the odometer is not really a relevant factor to value since the average RV is only driven a few thousand miles a year anyway, pricing assumes relatively low mileage (compared to cars, for example). Moreover, many people will consider an RV with extremely low mileage on on older unit to be less valuable because it means the unit may have sat unused for extended period -- which is not a good thing for RV's. Personally, I'd rather have an RV with average or even more than average number of miles on it than an RV with very few miles on it (for its age).
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The only place I could find is NADA guides but they don't even take in to consideration mileage, only year/make/model/options.
That is not true - the NADA RV Guide uses mileage for gas engine coaches (but not for diesel). The base value is given for average mileage and a plus or minus value for mileage above or below average. I think average for an RV is about 6000 miles/year. That's what the RVIA says, but not sure what NADA uses.
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That is not true - the NADA RV Guide uses mileage for gas engine coaches (but not for diesel). The base value is given for average mileage and a plus or minus value for mileage above or below average. I think average for an RV is about 6000 miles/year. That's what the RVIA says, but not sure what NADA uses.
Exactly. I recently did mine and got +1 % for only having 21,000 miles.
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Thanks for the responses! I'm kinda new to RVs. I inherited a 1990 34' Class A Motorhome from my dad. He purchased it brand new in 1990 after a CA wild fire destroyed his house. He and my mom lived in it while they rebuilt their home. It was purchased more to live in than for trips. My father kept it after his house was finished as an escape in case of another fire (he lived in a high fire area). My parents took it on a few trips but not many. The engine only has 8700 miles on it. I don't think you can discount the differences in value between an engine with 87,000 miles vs one with 8700. I mean, I think the number of miles is always very relevant when you are talking about the value of any motorized vehicle, be it car, motorhome, or anything else. Mileage doesn't mean much for 5th wheels or trailers but a motorhome is a motor vehicle. isn't it? Sure, the thing has been sitting unused but I have gotten all the major systems working fine (after a little work). I replaced the fridge cooling unit with a rebuilt one and I plan to put new tires on it. It's a bit sun faded on the outside but it don't leak or have any big cracks or anything. I plan to keep it and use it but I was just trying to put a value on it.
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For NADA, when the class A (gas) is old enough, mileage isn't a factor. Doesn't even come up as an option on the screen. Also, to determine your "value" disregard any options or accessories. Take the "low" value given, and deduct 10 to 20%. That's what it's worth to buy it. If you're selling it, it's worth whatever someone is willing to pay.

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Low mileage has some value, but extremely low mileage doesn't have a lot of additional value when a vehicle is very old. And many things deteriorate with age, regardless of mileage.

Another way to look at it is that the "motor" part of a motorhome is only one aspect of its total value, so mileage is a relatively small part of the total used vehicle price.
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i have a 09 31ft fleetwood tioga e450, thinking about to trade it straight across for a older model class a. like you trying to figure value.we have 5 grand kids. it gets sorta cramped. maybe i'm just blowing in the wind. any ideas...anybody
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