The Efficient Way of
Trading in Your RV
This page gives you the easy steps in preparing you and your RV to maximize the value of your trade-in.
So, you’re planning on trading in your RV? Before you hop online to research the trade-in value, begin to surf around on a dozen RV websites on what’s out on the RV market or even head on down to the dealership do this one little simple step first.
Step 1…Get something to write on. Grab a notepad. Steal a sheet of paper our of the printer. Grab a sticky note. Grab something to write this down…ask yourself some questions on why you want to trade-in your RV. And write down your answers. All of them.
What do you ask yourself?
Ask yourself questions like these…
Why are you trading in your RV for another one?
Do you need a bigger RV?
Why do you want a different size RV? Bigger? Smaller?
Do you need more beds? How many?
A bigger or smaller galley?
You have ATVs, motorcycles, toys and you need something bigger to haul them in?
Or you sold your ATVs, motorcycles and toys and you need something smaller, economical, easier to tow?
You want an outdoor kitchen and the RV in your driveway doesn’t have one?
Are you downsizing?
Do you need a smaller RV? Short in length?
You want a boat and need to tow that instead of a trailer? So a camper instead?
Or you need something a little more newer than your 3,5,7,10 or 15 year old RV?
So forth and so on…
Whatever your motivations are to trade in your current RV, list them. Write them down. Study them.
And there’s a method to this madness.
That list of reasons you’ll be writing down is your roadmap to what you need for your next RV.
For example, if you’re downsizing from 35 foot trailer you obviously won’t have the amenities of said 35 foot trailer. So your list will be a list of the amenities that is important to you when you downsize to something smaller than that 35 foot trailer. Or vise versa; you want to upsize because you need more bunks/beds AND an outdoor kitchen; so how many more beds and should that kitchen include an outdoor entertainment center like a big screen TV? Your list of answers should tell you.
Hence, that list of your will help you find what you need.
Your readymade list with help you in your online search for your next RV.
And here’s the kicker of having a readymade list. After you follow the other 2 steps and you’re ready to go down to step on that RV lot and you meet your sales professional, that list will tell them what you’re looking for. Your list will streamline the process. If you’re trading in your old toy hauler that only sleeps 4 because you need one that sleeps a minimum of 8, your sales professional isn’t going to waste time by demonstrating the toy hauler that can only sleep 4.
Nor is the sales professional going to waste time showing you a used 20 foot folding camper/tent trailer when your trading in your old RV for a new 25 foot tow trailer with a slide out.
Your list will help you when you hit that lot. But there are a few other steps to take before you head down to a dealership. These are steps to maximize the value of your trade-in.