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Well-Known Lawyer Says “Sell Your RV Now”

Well-Known Lawyer Says “Sell Your RV Now”

Sell your RV now! 

If those words strike fear in your heart, take courage. Now might be the perfect time to offload that stinker sitting on the pad in your backyard. 

Even if you’ve had offers before that were too low, this might be the time to reevaluate. One expert has the advice we need. 

So, what’s the market saying?

Let’s find out!

RV Order Backlog Helps Sell Your RV Now

Lawyer Steve Lehto in his latest YouTube video, strongly advises you to sell your RV now. Like, right now. If you have an RV you’re unhappy with and want to get it off your hands, this is a perfect time to sell. 

As in the auto and housing industries, the RV industry is seeing a multi-billion dollar backlog in the supply chain. Getting into a new or used RV is about as difficult as getting into an affordable home. 

Younger RV buyers are putting their savings into recreational vehicles. They’ve spent the last few years building up a surplus, and they want to spend some cash. Some are using these vehicles as homes, and others simply for recreation. 

The problem for these young buyers is they’re waiting a year or more to get behind the wheel. If you’ve been unable to sell, now is the time!

You bought an RV when prices were lower a few years ago. Priorities change, and you decide to get off the road, but no one is buying used RVs. Like the 2008 housing crisis, you don’t want to sell for less than you paid. Now, you have something that other people want, period. 

If you take Lehto’s advice and sell now, you’ll most likely make more on the sale than you paid in the first place. 

Why is There a Backlog?

Winnebago Industries’ second quarter earnings report notes that sales are so high they can’t keep up. Across the range of products they produce, towables, RVs, and marine, sales are up 29% from this time last year. 

The biggest issue facing prospective buyers is a lack of inventory in the entire industry. Winnebago Industries is not alone. Thor Industries reported more than $18 billion in backlogs this year as well. 

How Can I Sell My RV Now?

Lehto mentions that selling an RV is more complex than selling a used car simply because of the price point. That said, there are many ways to market an RV. Options include person-to-person, going through a dealer, or using a broker.

Privately

Maybe you’ve seen ads on Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist. The most direct way to sell your RV is person-to-person. Profits from this type of sale are likely to be higher than other options. If your buyer can pay cash, you should be good to go. On the other hand, if your buyer wants to finance or trade in an existing RV, this may not be the best option. 

Through a Dealership

Most RV dealers will allow you to sell your unwanted vehicle through consignment. They’ll list your RV on their website and sell it on their lot. The dealer will do the heavy lifting by advertising and showing your RV, and you get to share in the profits. Dealers will keep a percentage of the profits, though, so this may not be your style. 

Through a Broker/Buyer

If neither of those options sounds good to you, there is one more to consider. A broker or buyer acts as a middleman between the seller and the buyer. They help both parties get the best deal without in-person negotiating. Often a broker will pre-arrange details of the sale and help market your RV. 

But, with a market as hot as this one, you might do better to sell it yourself. 

Tips for Selling My RV Now

Now that you’ve decided how you want to sell your RV, the following steps will help you get top dollar on the sale. Even little things can make a difference in showing and selling your RV. 

Clean It Up

Take the time to deep clean your RV. You’ll have to do more than just take out the trash and put sheets on the bed. Clean vents, windows, countertops, tabletops, and floors. Shampooing the upholstery to remove stains is an excellent way to increase the value. Boost curb appeal by making the outside shine!

Make Small Repairs

You don’t have to fix everything when you get ready to sell. Minor repairs can help potential buyers see that you care for the vehicle. Replace lightbulbs and windshield wipers. Fix any latches that don’t work and ensure the kitchen is fully functional. A good tip is to keep receipts so a potential buyer can see evidence of the work. 

Sell at the Right Time of Year

Late spring is the best time of year to sell your RV. Part of the appeal of RV life is imagining the fun, which is hard to do when it’s freezing outside. To hit the sweet spot, make sure that things are starting to heat up before listing your ride. 

The least predictable part of the equation is gas prices. If prices are high, common in the summer months, you’re less likely to get a bite. Getting your rig ready to roll before the summer price bump is key. 

If You Can and Want To, Sell Your RV Now

Getting off the road is a tough choice. There are a lot of factors that go into deciding to stay put or roll on. But, with the $44 billion backlogs, if you have an RV you can sell, now is the time. Lehto has the right idea. The supply chain will work itself out, and RV manufacturers will catch up. 

If you have an RV ready to move, sell it now.

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Pee Wee

Thursday 7th of April 2022

The YouTube and this posting is some outdated by some months. Dealers are now overstocked and very likely to give good discounts. Manufacturers have overproduced and are offering big discounts to the dealers - this is from an insider at a big dealership.

Ray Brown

Thursday 7th of April 2022

We are selling online a motorhome that hasn't been our favorite and should easily get a price greater than we paid for it five years ago. Then we want to turn around and downgrade to a less expensive motorhome, so that we don't have to come out-of-pocket with more cash.

Kevin LAney

Wednesday 6th of April 2022

I agree if your going to sell...sell now! Because a drastic drop in the value of your RV is coming for sure. If fuel prices stay high (and all indicators say they will) and interest rates rise prices will tank... Its happened several times in the past....History repeats it self After several of those $1500 fill ups it will start thinning out the heard...

Greg O

Wednesday 6th of April 2022

So if I sell my RV now, but want to replace it, won’t I’ll be in the same boat as everyone else?

B Payne

Wednesday 6th of April 2022

I have the same thoughts as Kevin. We are on the last few days of a 2 month long journey through the Southwest. We have seen dozens of RV dealerships, and inventory shortages do not appear to be a problem - the rigs on most lots are crammed in so tight it’s a wonder prospective buyers can open the doors. If you are after a high end motorhome or fifth wheel there aren’t many of them around, but if a travel trailer floats your boat there are plenty from which to choose.

This whole shortage of RVs thing appears to be an attempt by the RV industry to repeat something often enough that people will believe it, even though evidence does not support the claim.

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