Staging an RV to Sell

Trying to sell your RV with no luck? The secret could be in the staging. Depending on the age and style of your motor home, it could be as simple as adding some throw pillows or as complex as doing remodels. Let’s get started to see how we can help sell your RV!

1. Nicely Neutral 
Although the decorations in this RV add a nice pop of color, the paint is a very neutral white. Bolder colors tend to be more personal, so it’s best to stick with neutral colors like off-white and beige when trying to sell. Putting up a coat of paint is an easy and cheap way to make your RV feel fresh, new and inviting. 
2. Clear Clutter
You certainly don’t have to wipe the RV of any personality, but you definitely want to remove clutter. This is especially true if you have a smaller motor home. You don’t want the space to feel cramped. In this picture above, you can see a basket and some blankets that tend to make the space look a little cluttered. Adding a fresh coat of paint of white paint (or mirrors) to the back of that storage area and removing the clutter would go a long way. 
3. Completely Clean
One of the most important steps you can take in staging your RV for sale is to clean it thoroughly! We’re talking inside and out. Open windows, let it air out and get to scrubbing. Make sure everything is sparkling clean. People want to feel like they’re buying something new, even if they aren’t. Plus you want the inside to smell clean, rather than lived in. Even though it smells like home to you, it might smell a little strange to someone else! 
4. Delectable Decor
Some simple yet not-too-personal decorations will help buyers envision what their own life would look like in the RV. Try to make it neutral, but still homey. Add some nice art to the walls, set the table and add a bowl of fresh fruit in the kitchen to give a pop of color. Make sure any items left over inside the RV are neatly arranged and look nice. Add some throw pillows to beds and couches. Remember, you’re trying to create the idea of a lifestyle. 
5. Outstanding Outdoors
If you have an awning, make sure you take it out before potential buyers come over. It’s also a good idea to set up some chairs and a small table outside your RV. Add a tray with cups, and some snacks on it on the table. People want to be able to envision their camping trips as they check out RVs for sale. You have to position yours uniquely and offer them more than just an RV, you’re selling them a lifestyle, a place to call home and an RV that has served you well for many years.
Happy Selling!

Why You Should Know This if You Hate Camping

Hate sleeping on the ground with bugs, but love camping? Well, we have a solution for you! RV camping. It’s the ultimate camping adventure, complete with all the aspects you love about camping, but without all the aspects you don’t love. See: mosquitoes biting you at night.

Okay, so RV’s come in lots of shapes and sizes, from a camper that fits in the back of a pick-up truck to a camper that has all the bells and whistles. If you think you can’t afford an RV, think again. You don’t have to purchase a new top-of-the-line RV to find one you love. Think tiny. Think vintage. Think Pinterest restorations! The possibilities are endless.

Let’s Talk Styles:

Class B: It’s basically a cargo van converted into a camper, but they can have a raise roof for a bed
with more head more. These are basic and have just what you need. It’s perfect for someone who really just wants to sleep and prepare meals in their camper. It’s not a place you’d do a ton of hanging out.

Class C: This is the motorhome you’re probably familiar with. Usually there’s a sleeper extension over the cab, and it has all the amenities of home, a kitchen, a bathroom, a living room. Even though they come in different sizes, you could totally live in a Class C no problem. If you’re into the whole tiny living thing.

Class A: This is the mac daddy of RV camping! This is for people who want to camp, but also have a few extra bucks hanging around. It’s basically a mini one bedroom apartment. They are fully self contained, from the queen sized bed (yup, a queen), to the dinette that seats four people. You have all the amenities you’d need in a kitchen, and likely a nearly full-sized fridge. These often have large living rooms, big TV’s and lots of room to chill. It’s basically a part on wheels. You could 100% live in this and camp in style. Baby, you’re going glamping!

Travel Trailers: There’s a travel trailer, that you can pull behind a large sedan or SUV. Or a 5th wheel trailer that hooks up to the back of a pick-up truck. Although these are usually smaller, they have all the amenities of a Class C motorhome, plus they cost a lot less.

Vintage: If you want to go vintage there are lots of great options all over the spectrum. Obviously you need to do your research and make sure you’re getting an RV with good bones and a good engine, unless you know how to repair that kind of thing. You could always look into getting an airstream, otherwise known as a land yacht. Yeah, they are pretty sweet.

Whatever you decide, RV camping is a great adventure that’s open to everyone, from the serious camper, to the serious “I am not sleeping with bugs” person! Do your research, maybe attend an RV show or two, join some online groups and take the plunge into the RV camping family! We can’t wait to have you.

They Were About to Buy a Used RV and Then They Saw This List

Questions to Ask Before Buying an RV

Looking to buy a used RV? Congratulations! You’re taking the first step toward many years of excitement, travel and fun.  But before you hand over that cash, make sure you ask some questions.

Here are the BIG 20 QUESTIONS you should ask before buying a used RV. 

1. Are you the registered owner of this RV? If not, who is? 

2.  Is the RV’s title free of any notations such as a rebuild of salvage? If yes, stop right here! You don’t want an RV without a clean history. 

3. Are there any leans or outstanding debts on the RV? Make sure to check with the Department of Transportation to be sure. 

4. How long have you owned it?

5. Why are you selling it? 

6. Check the odometer to see how many miles it has. 

7. Check the owners manual to ask how many miles per gallon the RV gets. Ask the owner, too. Sometimes they know better. 

8. When is the last time you used it?

9. What is the longest trip on which you’ve taken the RV? During what month? To what city?

10. Do you drive the RV in between vacations?

11. Do you have maintenance records for the RV?
12. Are there any mechanical problems about which I should know?

13. Ask the owner to prepare the RV prior to your showing so you can ensure the water, battery operated items, propane and fridge are all working properly. 

14. If any body work has been done, ask for paperwork, photos and more information on the damage. 

15. How old are the tires?

16. How old is the battery?

17. Have there been any gas or water leaks?

18. Ask the owner to let you take a test drive. 

19. Ask the seller for a 30 day warranty on the RV.

20. What kind of weather has the RV endured?

You may need to ask other questions depending on your circumstances, the seller and your inspection of the RV. Make sure to use common sense and don’t make a purchase too quickly.

Once you’ve found the perfect RV camper, enjoy the road and start living your wildest Wanderlust dreams!

What to Look for When Buying a Used RV

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Are finally ready to take the plunge? Buying an RV that is! Before you buy that motorhome from Craigslist,  make sure you check out these tips.

  • Can it hold water?
    • Whether you’re buying a new or used RV, your home should be waterproof. Make sure to thoroughly inspect your potential home for leaks and water damage.
      • Check the ceiling for any water stains.
      • Look for any bubbling or spongy interior sections. 
      • See if the lamination is coming off the windows.
      • Check for blisters or bubbling on the exterior. 
      • Inspect below the sinks and in the bathrooms, as well. 
  • Too much of a good thing. 
    • RV’s were made for the outdoors, but too much sun could damage both the interior and the exterior.
      • Check the plastic fixtures inside the RV to make sure they aren’t brittle from too much sun. 
      • Peek at the plastics and coverings on the seats, the dashboard and the steering wheel. Sometimes they can be dry rotted and cracking, which could lead to costly refinishing later on. 
      • If the RV has a sunscreen pullout get it out for inspection. See if it’s ripped, dry rotted, or otherwise damaged. 
      • Look around the outside of the RV and see if anything looks faded or weak. Sometimes the color is just lighter from being older, other times the damage is structural and could need repairs. 
  • That’s how you roll.
    • Check those tires! If one blows out, it could happen instantaneously, causing serious damage to your RV, your loved ones and even people around you.
      • Even if the tire looks good, they shouldn’t be more than seven years old.
      • Look for the proper amount of tread. 
      • See if the tires have any cracks. 
  • Might be a bit rusty. 
    • Depending on where a motorhome is parked, there may be rust on many of the metal surfaces, but there are some key places to lookout for the rusty culprit. 
      • The undercarriage of the RV. 
      • The Brakes.
      • Metal Frames. 
      • Pipes and Plumbing. 
      • Any Other Metal Fixtures. 
  • What’s cooking?
    • Always check out the appliances. If the RV owner says something is broken, but it’s a simple fix, don’t take their word for it. Repairs can be very expensive, and sometimes it’s not the most budget-friendly. Check these items first:
      • The gas stove is one of the most expensive appliances in an RV. Check to see that it’s working properly.
      • See if the air conditioning unit is working. 
      • Is the fridge cool? Does the freezer work?
      • Does everything on the control panel function?
      • Do the electronics work correctly?
      • If anything is motorized, does the motor still work?
  • Pipe up!
    • RV’s need to be winterized in colder states, if they aren’t it could mean serious damage to the pipes. Look out for the following issues:
      • Split water lines. 
      • Damaged water pumps.
      • Leaking waste tanks. 
  • Will the warranty come with?
    • The RV seller may say they purchased an extended warranty, but many times, that warranty doesn’t extend to a second buyer. Make sure to verify with the provider that the warranty is transferable. Many times they’ll transfer the RV warranty for a fee. Never assume that your motorhome is under warranty just because it’s less than a year old. 
  • A match made in heaven. 
    • Before you start hooking up your new rig, make sure your vehicle is able to tow that size RV. On the flip side, if you’ll be towing your vehicle behind your RV, make sure the rig can handle the weight. 
This list can help you get an RV that you’ll come home for years to come. Use your instinct, double check everything, and have a great time camping across America. RV buyers, what did you look for when purchasing your used RV?