Tuesday, October 3, 2023


So you want to sell your RV? Here are the best places to sell, and why

Whether you have had it with crowded campgrounds, have discovered RVing is just not for you, or are looking to upgrade or downsize, you might be asking: “Where’s the best place to sell my RV?” Let’s find out.

Prep work is critical before you sell your RV

First and foremost, in order to sell it as quickly as possible and for the most money, you’ll have to get it into tip-top shape. Read Tony Barthel’s article about this. There’s tons of great information there to get you started.

Know the going rate for your RV

Do some research ahead of time and decide what your personal bottom line is. What is the dollar amount that you will accept and what you’ll walk away from.

  • Take into account the season. Fall in the north usually sees a lot of RVs for sale at reduced prices. Higher prices are usually seen in the spring. The opposite can be true of southern, snowbird areas.
  • Be aware of supply and demand. Is there a huge inventory of your make/model on the market or is it pretty slim pickings?
  • The ups and downs of the economy, gas prices, crowded campgrounds, etc., can and will affect what you’re able to sell it for.

NADA/J.D. Power guides are a good place to start to review RV prices.

Look online and see what others are selling their RVs for (preferably the same make/model as yours), and compare. See how much private sellers are selling them for versus manufacturers and dealerships. Know that the price asked is usually not the price that will be paid.

Sell your RV to a dealer

When your RV is ready to sell there are a variety of ways to go about it. Selling to a dealer is probably the easiest, but usually the most painful to the wallet.

If you are planning to trade it in for another RV, the dealer will make you a package deal. Remember, you can still negotiate the price of the new rig then reduce that negotiated price with the trade-in.

You are pretty much at the mercy of the dealer with trade-ins. They are a business and need to make money on the resale of your RV, so expect a discounted trade-in offer versus selling it yourself.

The advantage of selling to the dealer is handing it off along with the keys and leaving with a check in your pocket.

Consignment sales

The next opportunity for an easy sale is taking it to a consignment lot. A number of dealers also take consignments. It is a great way for consignment lots and RV dealers to not have to tie up their money in a lot of used RVs.

Your RV will be displayed in an RV sales lot and that can attract a lot of potential buyers. The sales manager will give you an estimate on what the RV may sell for and then will be taking a percentage of that amount. You agree on a bottom-line price. The advantage is that it is fairly no-hassle, has good exposure, and will probably get a better price than at the dealer. The disadvantage is that it may languish on a lot longer than you want.

Self-sell your RV

Want to get as much money as you can, have the time to wait a bit, like meeting people and don’t mind multiple showings? Self-selling maybe the answer for you. Of course, safety and due diligence are of utmost importance. Be careful of scams, don’t show the RV at night and don’t hand over the keys for a test drive!

RV Trader is popular to sell an RV

RV Trader is one of the most popular places to sell an RV. We used it when we sold our 34-foot Class A Coachmen and had good luck. It is also a great place to review what other RVs are going for.

RV Trader has different listing rates based on the number of photos, videos, length of time, and placement. Rates vary for your RV’s listed selling price. The least expensive rates are: Basic $79.95 (4 photos, 2 weeks), to Enhanced $129.95 (20 photos, video, 8 weeks), to Best $199.95 (50 photos, video, featured status, premium placement and 1 year).


RVT.com is a resource for both finding out what your RV can be listed for and placing an ad. It has a 5-star rating and has vast exposure to potential customers.

RVT is a great resource for placing an ad. Rates vary from Basic – $39.95 (30 days with 5 photos), Standard – $69.95 (10 photos, unlimited time), Premium – $119.95 (30 photos, video, unlimited time), Ultimate – $179.95 (unlimited photos, videos and time), and Ultimate National – $259.95 (unlimited photos and video, unlimited description, national homepage spotlight, bold red visibility, online until sold, and more).


My husband has sold hundreds of cars on craigslist with good results. You will soon be able to distinguish between a weekend browser and someone more serious.

Scams on craigslist abound, so watch out for the, “I want that RV! I am in the Navy right now and will have my buddy come pick it up. I can send you a cashier’s check.” Hmmm. Probably not.

Despite all that, craigslist provides a wide area to show off your RV and you may end up with a great price. craigslist now charges a minimal $5 fee to place an ad (to cut down on spammers).

Classified ads

Several RV magazines, camping websites, camping clubs and even neighborhood bulletin boards have classified ad areas. If you’re staying at an RV park or campground, see if they’ll list it somewhere for you.

Facebook Marketplace

Facebook Marketplace offers a lot of visibility and, although not RV-specific, that visibility can get you the exposure you need. There is no fee to place an ad or to join Facebook. You must have a Facebook account to list an ad, but the process is simple and straightforward and you can post it to RVing groups and communities across the platform.


Don’t want any hassle and need a tax deduction? There are several places that accept RVs as donations. Talk to your tax preparer first if expecting a deduction from the donation.

There are many places to donate such as: Vehicles for VeteransWheels For Wishes, and Breast Cancer car donations. 

Advertise when parked at home, at a sales facility, at campgrounds, when driving around, etc.

If you are casually looking to sell and have a lot of time, put a “For Sale” sign in the RV’s window with contact info and price. If it’s neon or brightly colored with big, bold text, it’s more likely to be seen. We had our motorhome posted on RVtrader.com but parked in an RV repair lot with a sign in the window. Numerous people called us and I directed them to the ad and that is actually how it finally sold. Funny thing – it was bought sight unseen. The buyer’s dad saw it and told his son to buy it!

About the money…

Sad as it is now, don’t trust someone handing you a cashier’s check, personal check or even a fistful of money. Demand that you meet at the bank and make sure everything is legit. There are a lot of ways people can be sneaky these days. Don’t take the chance.

The title and the law

Finally, know the laws in the state you are selling and in your home state. Do you need an emissions test? What about the license plate? Does the title need to be transferred at a state office? Does the RV need a vehicle title check? Don’t get to the end of the process and be derailed.

If you sell at a dealer, title transfer and restrictions aren’t a problem. However, if you are a do-it-yourself seller, it is always better to insist on transferring the title at the time of sale and not rely on the buyer to do the right thing in a timely manner.

Good luck! Oh, and if you haven’t already, as mentioned above, be sure and read Tony’s article on how to get your RV ready to sell.


Nanci Dixon
Nanci Dixon
Nanci Dixon has been a full-time RVer living “The Dream” for the last six years and an avid RVer for decades more! She works and travels across the country in a 40’ motorhome with her husband. Having been a professional food photographer for many years, she enjoys snapping photos of food, landscapes and an occasional person. They winter in Arizona and love boondocking in the desert. They also enjoy work camping in a regional park. Most of all, she loves to travel.


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Neal Davis
2 months ago

Thank you, Nanci! Please remind your readers that if they are trading their RV for another one at a dealer, then it is the NET price that they’re paying that matters. The discount of the purchase price, the size of the trade-in value only matter because they affect the net price and it is the net price on which buyers should focus, not getting a huge discount (and an offsetting negligible trade-in value) and not getting a huge trade-in value (and an accompanying minimal discount on the purchase price). Yes, I bet most already know this, but some may not and others may forget in the heat of the negotiations. 🙂 Thank you!

2 months ago

RV Trader has changed hands or increased their prices are now higher that what is posted in article. I just sold my RV thru Facebook. In 2022 I helped sell an RV for a friend and was priced like the article for $130 dollars but now is priced at $205 dollars with a best price towards $400. Had to place my ad twice and a few responses, including help me sell from dealers.

Diane McGovern
2 months ago
Reply to  Mike

Thanks, Mike. I did update the prices on July 5, and just checked and those are what are listed on their website. It’s stated in the article that those are the “least expensive rates,” which is accurate. The higher the selling price of the RV, the more they charge for the ad. Have a good night. 😀 –Diane at RVtravel.com

2 months ago

Watch out for scams when selling!!!! Half of the responses to our online postings were scammers. Usually people offering to buy it sight unseen from distant cities.

You can’t trust cashier’s checks. We got two of those from the same bunch of scammers that couldn’t coordinate amongst themselves. We had checked their name and address on the internet and were suspicious.

Beware of anyone using a transport service to pick it up and deliver it to them. The transport service may not be legit.

We finally sold to a buyer 1000 miles away. He hired an RV inspector to go over it. Then did a wire transfer to my bank account, then showed up to pick it up. His name and address were legit.

Bob Walter
2 months ago

I wonder if people ever “break even” when selling? I was curious about the NADA value for mine so I clicked the link.

Figuring in the price I paid (pretty low) and cost of repairs over 2 years, I would lose about 50% of my investment.

Ray S.
2 months ago

Remember, RV dealers are like car dealers, they “buy sheep and sell deer”. It means they buy your trade in as cheaply as they can and sell as dearly as possible. If you must buy from a dealer, using their financing can save you a few thousand over paying cash! Because terms usually allow the loan to be paid off after 6 months. So, you pay a few dollars interest but still get the best deal. Many people buy new so they can have that one year warranty even though the camper might sit in the dealer lot for 2 months waiting for repairs! I prefer to buy used from a private party after the camper is at least a year old. The price a lot less and most of the bugs are worked out by that time.

2 months ago

Put our rig on RVTrader. Got lots of comments on how great the video was, etc. But out of 1200 views we had only 3 people come to actually look. RVTrader posts lots and lots of ads from dealers so individuals are competing with corporate ad budgets to get their single ad seen.
I do like that the emails from perspectives go through RVTrader and give the seller some anonymity until ready to talk. That extra level of security seemed to winnow out the many curiosity seekers and frauds from Marketplace, et. al.

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