May 30, 2019
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Help for RV consignment selling
How it works: You and the consignment operator agree on a sale price. From there, the dealer keeps anything above your minimum. The dealer may also require a “commission” or percentage fee of your “bottom line price.” You ask $50,000, the dealer keeps a percentage of the $50,000 — above what he sells the rig for. He may also require a “dealer fee” of a set amount.
Here’s how this might work out:
Your asking price: $50,000
Dealer sells the RV for: $70,000
Dealer commission percentage (10%): $5,000 (based on your asking price).
Dealer Fee: $100
Bottom line: Dealer gets $25,100; you get $44,900
No matter your “asking” price, the dealer will probably tell you it’s too high, that you’ll need to lower it. You can counter by doing your homework before bargaining. Check out Internet prices and NADA guides; walk RV dealer lots for a similar rig and try to establish a fair price. It’s subjective: We all tend to figure our “stuff” is worth more than the next guy’s. And watch out for crooks. “Fly by nights” are known to take RVs on consignment, sell them, take the cash and vanish. Before you consign, check with the Better Business Bureau and your state’s Attorney General for complaints.
Another shady trick: They have a buyer for your rig! But (“sigh”) the customer is offering the exact price that you want to walk away with. However, if you’d be willing to give us X-dollars for our trouble, we’ll waive the commission percentage. No, you won’t get your exact asking price, but, hey, you’ve still sold that rig! The trick is, the customer came in with a good offer, above your asking price. The dealer is selling you a fish story to pad his pocket. Either refuse to buy his story — don’t budge on your sales price — or tell the dealer you’ll come look at his “customer’s” signed purchase offer. If he refuses to show the offer, you know there’s a problem. If it’s legitimate, you’ll need to decide whether the deal is worth it to you. —From Russ and Tiña De Maris
EDITOR’S NOTE: Recommended consignment dealer: PPL motorhomes. Strongly not recommended: consigning an RV with Camping World.
Camco vent insulator keeps you cool!
Is your RV too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter? Camco’s vent insulator and skylight cover features a thick layer of foam which helps stop heat transfer, keeping you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Installation is easy – simply push the fitted foam into your skylight, reflective side up. The reflective surface blocks sunlight, preventing it from heating your RV in the hot months. The insulator is designed to fit standard 14″x14″ RV vents. Learn more or order here.
Do you and the hubby play cards in the RV often? Grandkids like playing Go Fish? Did you know you can make a custom deck of cards with your own photo(s) on them? Snapfish makes custom playing cards, and we think this is a fun, unique gift. Check it out here.
MORE QUICK TIPS
Drive straight and slow over speed bumps
Try to hit speed bumps straight on (both wheels over at the same time) and very slowly. If you drive over them at an angle (one wheel over slightly ahead of the other), your coach will rock back and forth, from side to side, especially in the back. Even going dead slow (creeping), driving over the speed bumps at an angle may cause the coach to rock enough to actually cause things to fly out of the upper cabinets! This is true with the small speed bumps, too. —From Ron Jones, About RVing. [Editor’s note, Ron’s site doesn’t yet provide https security, so we aren’t directly linking to it.]
“No-see-um” battery cells?
RV coach batteries “tucked away underneath” and hard to check fluid level? Use a hand mirror to hold over the top of the battery and angle the view back to you. Shine a flashlight onto the mirror to spot light down into those dark cells.
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WEBSITE OF THE DAY
If you find yourself in beautiful, sunny Southern California, you must stop at one of these 28 funky museums. There’s something for everyone on this list, so put your learning cap on and get on over to the Golden State.
Remove ticks easily
from people or pets
This Tick Twister Remover Set will remove ticks, large and small, without squeezing it, reducing the risk of infection. It does not leave the mouthparts of the tick in the skin. It’s the safest and easiest way to remove ticks and in just a few seconds. Helps prevent Lyme Disease. Keep one of these in your RV. It’s tick season! Learn more or order.
LEAVE HERE WITH A LAUGH
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RV Daily Tips Staff
Editor and Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Managing editor: Diane McGovern. Contributing writers: Russ De Maris, Bob Difley, Gary Bunzer, Roger Marble, Mike Sokol, Greg Illes, J.M. Montigel and Andrew Robinson. Advertising director: Emily Woodbury. Marketing director: Jessica Sarvis. Financial affairs director: Gail Meyring. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen.
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