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Old 04-22-2011, 09:48 AM   #1
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Selling one to buy another

Can someone tell me the best method for selling a motorhome. I am selling mine to purchase another model. I have posted on this website and also locally on Craigslist. I have been bombarded by ad agencies wanting me to buy their avertising package. Does this work, or would I be wasting the $300-400 on the ads. Any input or advice on how to market would be greatlly appreciated. I'm not interesting in trading since the motorhome I am buying is owned by a family member who needs to sell.
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Old 04-22-2011, 11:16 AM   #2
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I've always sold my used in the local paper; never had a problem selling if the price is right.
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Old 04-22-2011, 12:11 PM   #3
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Hi bobbyl,
The local paper is a good way to advertise. All other sources, I'd stick with the free sites. Emphasize floor plan, condition and any unique features. Price is important with the market flooded with pre-owned coaches. Consider contacting a service plan company (Good Sam?) and see if the coach qualifies for a contract. It may be worth including a service contract in the price of the coach.
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Old 04-22-2011, 12:32 PM   #4
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I just sold mine on this site using the classified. In todays market, price, price, price are what is going to get a buyer. I sold mine for $20,000 under market. The guys calling will take your money and then it still won't sell. Just ask them if you only pay when it sells and see what they say. All of the resellers will only give you wholesale, regardless of condition or extras. Someone has said on this site before; take the LOW retail from NADA WITHOUT any additions and then lower the price by 20% and be ready to deal from there. PPL in Tx will give you an approximate retail for them to consign the unit. I found that the price they said I need to sell it less their commision and paying someone to drive the rig to Tx was about the same as wholesale. Most large RV dealers will take consignments, but I have found they use your unit as a sales tool to sell what they have on their lot. "Look at this great deal compared to this consignment and I'll give you a warrenty". Be patient and put PLENTY of pictures on your ad or put a link in your ad to pictures.
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Old 04-22-2011, 12:49 PM   #5
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I'd try Craig's list, Ebay, local paper, and RV sites. I tried one of those ad exactly zero calls, not one. My truck was priced right, because I sold it for what I was asking with the agency...a total waste of money.
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We have sold them through newspaper ads, but not many folks use the paper any more. The last one we tried Craigslist and finally sold it on a SE Texas classified site. The one before that we finally put it at PPL Motorhomes in Hosuton and it sold in 3 weeks.

For used RVs it is a buyers market, so make sure it is priced right for the market.

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Old 04-22-2011, 04:35 PM   #7
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Sold a car two weeks ago on Craigslist. Back in 05' put my 99' Coleman PUP on EBay. Didn't hit the reserve, but someone contacted me afterwards and we agreed on a price.....The car I had 11 people lined up to look at it the first day. The 2nd guy paid full price....No matter if you use Craigslist or FeeBay, you must make your ad look professional. And yes, pictures pictures......If I look on Craigslist now under the RV section, you will see so many "Hill Billy" ads.....Half the time your not even sure what they are selling....No size / length, age, condition....Just here "is a camper and I must get it sold" ????
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I think the key is not only where it is listed, but listing it at a good price.
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Old 04-22-2011, 05:14 PM   #9
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We live close to a heavily traveled State highway. Parked our stuff there and with good signs and description of the goodies. Didn't take long.
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Old 04-22-2011, 05:37 PM   #10
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I hope I have it priced right, it's listed below NADA "Low Retail". It's been 5 days since it was listed on Craiglist and the only calls I have gotten are from ad agencies wanting me to pay them to list. I guess I need patience with the state of the economy. Good thing is my brother in law has agreed to wait until I sell mine so all is good.
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