When is the best time to buy an RV? Believe it, or not, it’s now. We are heading into the season when prospective RVers can score a really good deal on an RV.
Next week, most of the folks in the US will be celebrating Thanksgiving. A few weeks later, the Christmas holidays will be in full swing. People’s attention has been drawn toward holiday celebration. Camping is far from their mind.
Most of the active RVers have put their rigs away for the winter. The RV market is slowing down and will continue at a crawl until about mid-march.
RV dealers have new and used rigs on their lots. They still have bills to pay. Tire kickers will be few and far between. This is a great time to make an offer.
Likewise, private sellers know that the rig they’ve been trying to sell is likely to be on their hands five or six more months. They know they are going to have to pay for another several months of storage, insurance and upkeep.
They might really love to have somebody put a few thousand dollars in their pocket right around Christmas. Will they take less to get money now? It doesn’t hurt to ask.
RVs are Easy to Find
There are thousands of RVs on the market right now. Finding them is no problem at all. The real problem is sorting through the number of choices. The vast selection of RVs can seem overwhelming.
This is an easy problem to solve. You just have to do a little preliminary work. Get a clear understanding of the type of RV you want. Also, make a firm decision on how much you want to pay. Your goal is not to pay this much, but under no circumstances do you go over your preset limit.
Some decisions you will need to make are:
- Do you want a new or used rig?
- Will you buy a pull behind trailer, a motorhome, a converted van, or a fifth wheel?
- What features or amenities would you like?
- Air conditioning? 30 or 50 amp electrical service? Separate sleeping area? Awning? Slide room? Plus, many other options from which to choose. Know which ones you must have. Know which amenities you would like but could live without.
- What features or amenities would you like?
- How much time will you put into finding your RV?
- The more time you can commit to your search, the better your possibilities of finding a really good deal.
- How far are you willing to travel check out a prospective RV?
- You should be able to find something close to what you want fairly close to your home. If you are determined to have a particular model or feature, you may have to travel to get it.
Write down a description of your ideal RV and start looking.
You Can Begin Shopping Right From Your Easy Chair
The internet has made finding your RV a piece of cake. There are hundreds of web sites listing thousands of units, but it’s not overwhelming. When you see what is available, you will know when is the best time to buy an RV.
You have a description of your desired RV and which amenities you most desire. Along with that, you also know how much you want to spend, and how far you will travel to inspect and buy your unit.
Finding your RV is much easier because you know the criteria on which you want to search.
Here are a few places you can find RVs online.
RV Trader is an online classified ad service dedicated to connecting RV sellers with buyers. There are listings from RV dealers and also from private sellers. They list over 180,000 RVs.
The units listed are in every RV category. Class A, B, and C motor homes, fifth wheels, travel trailers, pop-ups, truck campers, and toy haulers. The RVs run from new to very used. You can find RVs in every price range.
If it’s on wheels and you can camp in it, RV Trader is likely to have it. Their ads often have outside and inside pictures of the rig for sale.
One of the powerful features of RV Trader is the search engine. You can search for rigs by type, brand name, age, price, and location. You can filter your search to show you the RVs closest to you, or sort by model year or price.
RVT is another searchable site with thousands of RV classified ads.
There are many places online where you can search and see pictures of RVs for sale.
Don’t forget Craig’s List. You can find hundreds of RVs for sale near you on Craig’s List. Private sellers and dealers both list RVs on Craig’s List. You can expand your Craig’s List search to include other cities if you don’t see the unit you want near you.
When considering RVs on Craig’s List, be very careful. There have been scammers who list deals that look like great bargains, then they try to get the buyer to send money in advance. Don’t do it.
Whenever you buy an RV, make sure you can get a clear title. One of the advantages of buying from a dealer is that they will usually handle the title transfer. Always ask. It is usually a bad idea to buy an RV that has an encumbered title. At any given time, there are nearly a quarter million RVs on the market. If the deal is not right for you, move on.
Looking for a Fiberglass RV?
There is an entire segment of the RV market that is just gaga about fiberglass RVs. These are sometimes refered to as “egg” trailers. Scamp, Casita, Big Foot, and Oliver are just a few of the names of these units.
You can find fiberglass RVs in the sites listed above. However, Fiberglass RV 4 Sale lists only fiberglass RVs. The site lists hundreds of fiberglass trailers. They even have used trailers from manufacturers no longer in business.
There is also an active forum of fiberglass travel trailer owners and enthusiasts. You can read up on the models you are looking to buy and learn from the experiences of other owners.
When is the Best Time to Buy an RV? – Now
Early to Mid-Winter – the off buying season, could provide you with distinct advantages. Search out and find a quality RV that has the features you want and is in your price range.
Then, go and see it. Never buy an RV site unseen. Make sure you are getting a clear title. Don’t be afraid to negotiate an even better price.
When you find the right camper for the right price, buy. Then, you have the rest of the winter to get ‘er ready for that Spring shake down trip.
If you don’t want to wait until Spring, click here to learn the joys of Winter camping.
Are you in the market for an RV? Have you bought one recently? What was your experience? Drop me a comment in the box below. I’d love to hear about your experience.