Trade in Your RV or Motorhome

Instead of selling, you’ve decided to trade in your RV or motorhome for something better suited to your tastes. While most motorhome owners trade for a newer model, trading in for an older or simpler model is not unheard of.

In either case, figuring out how the trading process works can be a bit complicated for anyone, from newbie to veteran.

Valuing Your RV

The most important part of trading in your RV is knowing its value. You can get a pretty general idea of your motorhome’s value just by knowing its year, make, and model, and assessing the condition. Things like chipped exterior paint and rusted wheels can detract from your rig’s overall value. A few items to look out for:

  • Service Compartment: All those hoses should be stored away neatly and the compartment should remain relatively clean. Although the sewage hose passes through, the service compartment shouldn’t have any bad odors. If you’re met with a stench when you open the door, you probably have a leak that needs fixing, stat.
  • Interior Floors: Any soft spots in your floor are usually a sign of wood rot in the sub-floor. Make sure your floors are firm and stable.
  • Air Conditioning and Heat: You’re AC and heater should be in perfect working order. Heating and cooling problems are the last things anyone wants to deal with during travel.

In a lot of ways, trading in your RV is like selling a house. No new homeowner wants to deal with dozens of problems, especially if they require excessive money, sweat, and hours to fix.

There are a number of online valuation services you can take advantage of. Be forewarned though that these online valuation guides are usually much higher than in the dealer’s copy of the National Automobile Dealers Association guide. The NADA valuation guide is the standard for valuing an RV or motorhome. What you think your RV is worth might be much higher than what the dealer actually allows for. Realistic expectations are among the most important things during a trade in.

Closing the Deal

The trading process might include some initial back-and-forth communication. Depending on the route you choose, there can be several offers, and the process might take a few days.

Stay firm with your offer (assuming it is reasonable enough). Given a few days, you should be able to close the deal without too much trouble.

Once you have closed the deal, make sure the new RV is getting all the repairs and service you requested. You should be traveling in your new traded RV in no time.