Journey with Confidence RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Take a Speed Test Free 7 Day Trial ×
RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Class A Motorhome Discussions
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 06-15-2013, 10:37 AM   #1
Winnebago Owners Club
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 49
Used DP dickering

What kind of discount from asking price did you get on your used DP? I know they pad the price for those with trades, but we don't have one to trade. Is 30% reasonable on the average?

jimaxp is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free! RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 06-15-2013, 10:43 AM   #2
Senior Member
Jim_HiTek's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Full time RV'er
Posts: 5,175
Really depends on the brand & model, what shape it's in, the general local market, and how desperate the dealer is. Well liked models that sell well might not have any discount. Unpopular models you might get 30% off easily.
'02 Winnebago Journey DL, DSDP, 36' of fun.

Visit my RV Travel & Repair Blog at :
Jim_HiTek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2013, 12:24 PM   #3
Senior Member
deandec's Avatar
Country Coach Owners Club
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Northern California
Posts: 5,875
11 years ago, we got 28% off on a 7 year old rig.

Things have changed since then and I think we paid a bit too much.
1995 38' CC Magna #5280 **** Sold after 21 years of enjoyment.
deandec is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2013, 12:29 PM   #4
Senior Member
GaryKD's Avatar
Newmar Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Wellington, Florida
Posts: 13,599
Hi jimaxp,
Buying pre-owned is the same as buying new. To get the best price:
1. Determine what you are willing to pay.
2. Have the sales person write the order for that amount of $s.
3. Give the sales person a deposit check.
4. Make sure the sales order gives the dealer XX amount of time to accept or the check will be returned (or canceled via the bank).
5. If the dealer counter offers and you do not like the counter, walk away.
2005 Newmar KSDP 3910 + GMC ENVOY XUV 37K lbs Moving Down The Road
The Avatar Is Many Times Around The USA
Nobody Knows Your Coach Like Somebody Who Owns One Just Like Yours
GaryKD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2013, 02:10 PM   #5
Senior Member
Country Coach Owners Club
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 1,204
If you're going to start dickering check out a few things. How old are the tires? Over 5 years they should probably be replaced (google how to find date manufactured code), Shock aborbers? Are the origional equipment? If you have > 20k on them they should be replaced. How old are the batteries? >5 they should be replaced. When was it last serviced? If they don't have the paper work figure out who much that will cost, same with the generator. When was the last annual maintence done on the reffer, furnace, and hot water heaters? Has there been any recalls on those MHs? Has the work been done. Find out how long it will take. I'm sure that there's others out there that will have all sorts of suggestions. After you've compiled the list and got all the information about the make and model of the appliances go shop around on who much it will take to do the work and or replace the parts. Don't low ball it. You should probably avoid having the work done at the place you bought it because they will probably take short cuts in time and materials.
Good Luck
pumper9x9 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2013, 07:43 PM   #6
Moderator Emeritus
Gary RVRoamer's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: West Palm Beach, FL. USA
Posts: 27,809
I don't think you can come up with any percentage for used RVs, since the dealer asking price is totally arbitrary. He may have padded it so he can give a high trade in, or maybe he priced it reasonable or maybe even low for a quicker sale. More popular models are typically priced higher, but maybe he had to give a higher trade-in on it as well.

The important thing is what it's worth to you, not what he is asking. Lok at it and say to yourself, "I would buy this if I could get it for $xxxxx" and make that offer. The worst that can happen is he says No, and then you either walk or up your offer.
Gary Brinck
Former owner of 2004 American Tradition and several other RVs
Home is West Palm Beach, FL
Gary RVRoamer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2013, 08:05 PM   #7
Senior Member
Steve Ownby's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Cosby, Tn
Posts: 6,587
Since there is no MSRP for used motorhomes there is really no % discount that you can shoot for. Go here:

PPL as you may know is a big consignment dealer in Texas. This is a link to a listing of units they have sold and the price they sold for. Try to find a comparable unit.
Steve Ownby
Full time since 2007
2003 Monaco Signature
Steve Ownby is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2013, 08:41 PM   #8
Senior Member
Ray,IN's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: North America somewhere
Posts: 31,176
FWIW, we paid advertised price. We decided it was worth that because of what they did to the MH. They replaced both battery banks, repaired or replaced anything mechanical or safety-related either them or us found, and performed a full maintenance job on the entire chassis. Tires were right at 5 years so they offered to split replacement, but their costs estimate was waay off, $5,000, so we passed.
I think we could have bought the MH for less, but 'as-is".
Only you can decide what a MH is worth to you; you are the only one who must live with the decision.
2000 Winnebago Ultimate Freedom USQ40JD, ISC 8.3 Cummins 350, Spartan MM Chassis. USA IN 1SG 11B5MX,Infantry retired;Good Sam Life member,FMCA." My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country. John F. Kennedy
Ray,IN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2013, 10:45 PM   #9
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2013
Location: San antonio, TX
Posts: 624
Shocks replaced after 20k miles? We have about 160k miles on our coach, and we finally need to replace the rear shocks--factory says the front shocks are still OK!

As far as what you should pay, check out web sites that list many motorhomes, such as RVT, RVTrader, and RVOnline, and find the same kind of motorhome yu are lookin at, and see what asking prices are. That will give you a good starting point.
USAF Retired
2000 Prevost Marathon H3-45
Towing 2019 RAM 1500
Peralko is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2013, 10:58 PM   #10
Senior Member
vsheetz's Avatar

Fleetwood Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: SoCal
Posts: 15,749
Several discussions here via searching on NADA for input on values. I bought used last year and found that low retail or less was in the ball park much of the time. However NADA is way off for some brands. Condition, tire and battery age, etc. are large change factors.
Vince and Susan
2011 Tiffin Phaeton 40QTH (Cummins ISC/Freightliner)
Flat towing a modified 2005 Jeep (Rubicon Wrangler)
Previously a 2002 Fleetwood Pace Arrow 37A and a 1995 Safari Trek 2830.
vsheetz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2013, 09:27 AM   #11
Senior Member
Tiffin Owners Club
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 619
Discount on used is completely meaningless since it depends on the asking price which is arbitrary.

We're in the process of selling our old mh. I'm asking $22k but if you'd like 50% discount, I'll happily increase my asking price to $45k and sell it to you at 50%.

% off NADA is a bit more useful for used but even that is pretty much useless since NADA isn't a particularly good benchmark for used prices and it really depends on the make / model / condition.
michelb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-17-2013, 09:56 AM   #12
Senior Member
Automobilist's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Fall City, WA
Posts: 531
You can also look at Completed Listings on eBay. The vast majority of listings on ebay expire, unsold... It's all about price.

As far as buying; it's always good to qualify the seller. Why are they selling? Many private sellers attach an emotional value to their coaches. They also seem to forget how long ago theyreallyput on those "new" tires, batteries, etc...

Dealers, it's all about their cash flow. They probably paid far less for a used coach than you would think. So, they typically have a substantial profit built into it with their typical inflated asking prices. Don't be afraid to make low offers. Often; the bigger the dealer, the bigger the profit must be to support the business...

The emotionally attached private sellers may get upset with a low offer, because they see an unrealistically high value in their unit. With most of these folks, it's best to simply walk away and ask them to contact you at a later date once they decide they actually need the thing to get sold.

I've found the best deals on eBay & RV Trader. The worst deals at big dealers.

Also, praise be to the folks who have a need to buy new.
They load up their units with goodies, work all the kinks out, and them sell them to us for a huge, massive discount.
2012 Montana 3582RL
Automobilist is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:54 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2024, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.