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Old 03-22-2023, 10:32 PM   #1
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How Best to Sell an Old Friend when You Move Up

We've enjoyed our 2011 Dutchmen Sport for the past four years. My wife gutted it and did an amazing job on the inside, making it our home away from home.

We're getting ready to move to our second, slightly larger TT, a 32-foot Grand Design 2670MK, which will likely be our base for the first couple of years of our impending retirement, and we're coping with saying goodbye to our first love.

What's the best place to sell a used TT in your experience? We obviously didn't talk to our dealer since we've heard they're not going to be able to give us a market price for it.

Given that it's a 12yo model, we're not expecting a windfall, but with all that's been put into it (top-level tires, sliding barn doors on the bathroom, all new fixtures, stainless farm sink, U-shaped dining area, non-RV mattress, etc) we'd like to think she has real value to the right person.

Facebook Marketplace? Craigslist? A National Used RV Sales site? What's been your experience? Thanks in advance!
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Old 03-23-2023, 07:55 AM   #2
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My DW used RVtrader to sell two travel trailers. We did not want to have the prospects visit our home, so we rented a storage parking space and met them there.
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Old 03-23-2023, 08:00 AM   #3
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Old 03-23-2023, 08:37 AM   #4
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We listed our 20 year old 120,000 mile Safari Trek for sale on the Trek forum but also listed on Facebook Marketplace and paid the small fee for a longer posting period. I created a detailed list of condition, upgrades, and deficiencies along with pictures; copied from the listing format of a newer Trek that we bought.

The buyer came from the Facebook listing.
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Old 03-23-2023, 08:52 AM   #5
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IMO it is hard to predict were your buyer is and how best to reach them. My approach was spend time on prep, clean out and take superb photos. Spend time reviewing, cropping, editing pics and retake any necessary. Lighting is a difficult area and may require different times of day. Include storage areas as well as living space. Good write-up and do research to determine an attractive / realistic price.
Get it on as many sites as possible including here on iRV2. Many are free or low cost but one paid ad worthwhile IMO.
Then be prepared with all kinds of inquiries from tire kickers to serious and yes, unfortunately, some scammers, so get educated re how to quickly sort a scam. I also received several offers to consign it but I just said no thanks but will keep it in mind if it doesn't sell.
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Old 03-23-2023, 09:35 AM   #6
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Don't mean to be insulting but you'll probably have a hard time selling and when you do you'll feel ripped off. That's why FSBO houses sell harder than realtor listed houses. Owners have a hard time appraising their property. You have a lot of emotional attachment to your "old friend". Unfortunately that's only valuable to you. Things are only worth what they are worth. You may get a slight premium for low miles or very well done mods but you won't get any of your sweat equity back. Check the prices on the RV trader sites to get an idea of asking price for you rig. You probably won't be able to sell for more. Remember dealers had to pay less, they have to make a profit. Best wishes.
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Old 03-23-2023, 01:31 PM   #7
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I agree with above.... you won't get what you think from your 12-year-old with barn doors and farm sink... a door is a door and a sink is a sink. Pricing needs to be realistic for the basic RV that you have.

As to who sells it for you.... are you willing to receive a lot of phone calls and no-shows for appointments? If so, then try doing it yourself. If not, try under consignment.
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Old 03-24-2023, 07:14 AM   #9
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I had great luck with Craigslist, family has had good luck with Facebook Marketplace(I dont have one)

A year ago I sold my old MH in about a week. I know times are a little different now, but if the selling price is on point then you shouldnt have to sit on it for 6 months.

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Old 03-24-2023, 07:54 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by Duster73 View Post
I had great luck with Craigslist, family has had good luck with Facebook Marketplace(I dont have one)

A year ago I sold my old MH in about a week. I know times are a little different now, but if the selling price is on point then you shouldnt have to sit on it for 6 months.

Good luck
I listed my old motorhome on Cragslist for a price I thought was too much. The first guy who looked at it went to the bank...came back with a stack of $100 bills and started counting!

Who knows, just the right buyer might show up regardless of how you list it...and...maybe not!
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Old 03-24-2023, 08:00 AM   #11
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Weve had good fortune in the past with RV, Truck and also Boat Trader. Weve bought and sold 8 vehicles using them.

We always stay pro-active reducing the price at least every couple weeks or in tweaking the ad so as to be more appealing with new pictures or information.

However, the #1 thing weve found is to be patient and also to not get to excited about a potential buyer that is a thousand miles away. Dont get caught up in a trap where they get you to do unnecessary legwork. If they want to travel to see your coach, everything needs to be on them. Good luck.
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Old 03-24-2023, 08:54 AM   #12
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Start with the free and cheap-to-list methods (CL, FB, for-sale sign on trailer) and if it hasn't sold in a month or two, work your way up to the more expensive methods.
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Old 03-25-2023, 08:23 AM   #13
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I successfully sold my previous TT on Facebook marketplace recently. Seems to be the place people are going now for private party sales. RV Trader is too expensive for what you get, IMHO. If the trailer is visible to passersby, a for sale sign in the window is likely to generate some interest.

I had numerous people from out of state express interest in my TT, but none of them ever actually came to see it. Ended up selling to someone who lives 25 miles away.

I agree with what others have said regarding pricing. You need to be realistic about what it is really worth. Unfortunately you will not get much for upgrades and renovations.
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Just finished my first private sale on RV Trader. It went well, about 3 weeks from listing to gone. Took the max limit on pictures (50) using a high quality camera, took video of the interior and exterior with a 4K camera. Once that was on the listing, the interest really went up.
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