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Old 06-06-2022, 08:30 PM   #1
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Sell Travel Trailer W/ or W/O Electronics

Long nightmare short. We are selling new (09/21) 2021 Heartland Mallard M27 as soon as it is out of the shop for PDI work. It seems most of the people selling trailers are selling them stripped down to factory. I was wondering if that is because they are moving all of the toys (TV's, TPMS, leveler/propane sensors,router and antenna,...) to the new trailer or they will lose too much money leaving it included with the trailer. I know this is a loaded question with many variables but was wondering if I would be better trying to selling it loaded as a turnkey or trying to part out all of the accessories and Pro Pride hitch separate from the trailer. Toys and accessories in this case are all new (6 month old) electronics. Thanks.
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Old 06-06-2022, 09:44 PM   #2
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I usually don't consider all the extras in my thought process when buying. Some people may not use those extras, so they might not want to pay a premium for it. If it's something I need, it's just a bonus when buying. So if you think you can get more money if you include it, then go for it.

But alot of people are looking at the floor plan and condition the most.

Others buy every gadget someone on YouTube recommends and this could certainly help you sell. But am I going to pay extra for something like an electronic door lock or propane sensor..nope.

What ever you do, I'm sure the RV will sell quickly. Good luck!
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Old 06-06-2022, 09:59 PM   #3
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Either way you do it, you will loose money on the "extras". How much will just depend on the buyer.

As a buyer I would only pay "extra" for the items I may want/use and the rest have a value of $0. You set the unit up the way you wanted it, with the equipment you wanted. It is highly unlikely that you will find a buyer with the same mindset.

Even if you try and sell the items separate, unless they are high demand or high value items you are only likely to get 50% back if you are lucky and if you sell them. Nothing worse than stuff sitting around that you think is worth $$$ but then it never sells.

The market is hot for RV's right now. Unless you bought at top dollar or upside down you should be able to get most of your money back. You just have to decide which way to sell it is "worth" more to you.
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You could certainly try to sell it with all the extras and price it accordingly on the high side. Then you'd have some leeway for bargaining and not be out so much money.

If you're finding people want to pay a lowball price then take it all out & sell it individually.

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Old 06-07-2022, 08:48 AM   #5
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when I bought my used trailer it was bare bones basically.
Battery was shot, no tv. Not a big deal, most ppl want to customize it to their vision. But those little things add up and the time to install them.
Some folks may not want to deal with time of installing or paying to install the feature. I personally like putzing around doing those things.
So as suggested, try selling it as is, at the price you want and when someone comes in to offer less.
You have bargaining power. You can tell them at their price you will need to remove x, x ,x and they can buy it.
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Old 06-08-2022, 11:24 AM   #6
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You could certainly try to sell it with all the extras and price it accordingly on the high side. Then you'd have some leeway for bargaining and not be out so much money.

If you're finding people want to pay a lowball price then take it all out & sell it individually.

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Compare your situation to you buying a pickup truck with over-size tires and rims, 8" lift kit, and expensively modified motor. How much more would be willing to pay over market value for a stock model?
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Buyers want a unit as close to new condition as possible. Anything added is usually a distraction to them.
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Old 06-11-2022, 10:14 AM   #9
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Thanks everyone, good points and funny I don't see all of those points in me when buying.
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Old 06-11-2022, 10:24 AM   #10
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Yes if you have the time and inclination.
I would strip it to stock and sell the
Extras outright on facebook mktplace.
Just like a car dealer doesnt want to give you more on a trade in for a fully loaded vehicle.
Most folks want the camper. If it has extra
They like it's a bonus but not one usually
worth paying for.. jmho..I beleive
you will get more return on your investment
if you are willing to put the time
Into it..
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If you are not getting another trailer, set the price without all the goodies. Let the buyer know you are willing to negotiate a price with everything still in it and let them decide if they want them.
As far as the hitch and TPMS, a first time buyer may want those. Just don't try to get retail prices for those.

Things like the TV, router an antenna may not appeal to them.
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I do not take off permanently installed rv / trailer upgrades. I would remove the TPMS, portable surge protector, portable tv satellite antenna, loose accessories that were not original but leave adequate water, electrical and swer hook-up acccessories.
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It all depends on what removing them involves and what will remain in terms of screw holes, other holes, etc. Also, do you have a use for the item or would you have to sell it on CL or whatever? If there are visible signs of the removal, leave them alone. In the case of an expensive WD hitch, I wouldn't include it until the very end of the negotiation if you need a sweetner. With a new buyer, I'd strike a deal without the hitch and then say, "Hey, if you're interested in a Pro Pride hitch, I can sell you one for $$, new they're $$$ (have a printout of the documentation available along with a couple of reviews). An easy to remove pure sine wave inverter that's simply attached to the batteries, I'd keep. If it's "installed", I'd leave it. A modified sine wave I'd leave. I'd leave the antenna. The router would depend on if I had a use for it. It's probably worth next to nothing on CL.

Years ago, I took my 100W solar panel off a TT I sold and transferred it to my new trailer along with the controller. Back then, solar panels were much more expensive and it was a good decision. Would I do the same now that solar panels are relatively inexpensive at $1/watt or less, no. It's a selling point to say it has solar.

Keep in mind that it's not necessarily how much more you'll get for your TT but how much easier it will be to sell. I used to own sailboats and the question sellers always would ask their friends was, "how much more can I get for my boat considering that I just bought new sails last summer". The answer from the experts/experienced sellers was almost always "nothing, used sails are used sails, but you might sell it faster".

Create a list with the major (don't include light dimmers and the like) upgrades with how much they'd cost and use it as a selling point.
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