Selling a Deteriorated RV: Tips and Tricks for Getting the Best Price

Allowing an RV to sit outside exposed to the weather is the worst thing you can do to it. The sun, rain, hail, and temperature swings can cause damage. If you have a weather-damaged RV and want to sell it, we have a few tips and tricks to help you get the best price.

Should You Fix a Weather-Damaged RV Before You Sell it?

The first thing you need to decide is whether your RV is worth fixing before you sell it. Delamination occurs when the adhesives that bond the wood, fiberglass, and insulation layers become weakened. The layers of your RV walls will separate. Eventually, the damage will become so bad that water will penetrate the inside of the RV.

If you catch the delamination when it is just starting, you can often fix it for around $200 with a kit. This will restore your RV and prevent any further damage from occurring. When the damage becomes extensive, the cost to repair it can begin at around $1,000 and go up quickly.

The cost to fix weather damage on an RV can be costly. When you sell it, you might not be able to recuperate the costs in the price. This is especially true if the rig is older. The final value of the rig might not be as much as the repair, and your best option might be selling it “as is.”

Tips and Tricks for Getting the Best Price?

Repairing a junk RV that is heavily weather-damaged might not be worth what you could get for it in the end. If you decide to sell your old RV without fixing it, here are a few tips to help you get the best price.

1.  Know Its Value

Before you begin the selling process, you need to get an idea of what your RV is worth. Sites are good places to start. Keep in mind that if your RV has weather damage, it automatically makes it in poor condition. This means you need to look at the lower end of the price ranges.

2. List It Multiple Places

Finding a buyer for an RV that has seen better days can be challenging. You have to find a buyer who is not afraid of the cost of the damage and is looking for a deal. Listing the RV for sale in multiple places gives you a better chance of finding that person who is looking for a diamond in the rough. You might try listing in all the marketplaces, like Craigslist, eBay, RV Trader, and other RV publications.

3. Be Willing to Haggle

When selling an old RV, you need to realize that the price you set will probably not be the price you get in the end. Even if you price the RV at the lower end of the fair market price, you can expect people to offer a lower price due to the damage. In this case, your choices are to be willing to go lower or be willing to take the risk that another buyer might not come around for a long time. Be honest about the damage, or it could come back on you later.

4. Get It in the Best Condition It Can Be

Even if your RV is in poor condition, you can still get a better price if it is clean and otherwise in good repair. When potential buyer is looking at weather damage, any other little things they see will add up in their mind. You might be able to get a better price by fixing the small things and making it look as good as possible.

What to Do with a Weather-Damaged RV

To be able to sell your weather-damaged RV, you need to be willing to price it to sell. People will not be likely to want to meet your price if they have to spend a lot of money right away to get it on the road. Buyers often want to be able to get out and enjoy their new rig right away, and it can take a long time to find someone willing to buy a fixer-upper.

Bottom Line

Minor damage might not be a problem when selling your weather-damaged rig, but if the damage has been going on for some time, finding a buyer can be difficult. If you find yourself in this position, one option is to find a dealer who purchases damaged RVs and uses them for parts. Many times, you can get cash the same day, and some of these dealers can come and pick your RV up if it does not run. This is a hassle-free way to get fast cash for a severely damaged RV.