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Old 09-03-2018, 07:59 AM   #1
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Veteran RV buyers, How accurate is NADA?

Assume we have have selected the exact make/model we want to buy. Can any of you confirm or deny how accurate the pricing of RV's on NADA is? I see that there is a lot of variation when looking at RV TRADER ( that includes accounting for different options like a generator for example) .



https://www.nadaguides.com/RVs/Manufacturers


Here iss a Nitro 27kw and a Stryker with the 5w generator option selected :
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Old 09-03-2018, 08:08 AM   #2
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I believe 30% off MSRP is the norm.
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Old 09-03-2018, 08:40 AM   #3
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See if this link helps you

FYI Dealer Invoice listing published
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Old 09-03-2018, 08:49 AM   #4
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See if this link helps you

FYI Dealer Invoice listing published
Yes I read that, I wasnt sure if I should start this new thread or add to yours, thank you !
I will do some comparisons. But what Im really wondering is what people are actually paying vs these sources . I realize some arent comfortable posting such things, but it doesn't hurt to ask as per this advise / source which is a really good read for new buyers.

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I paid less than the current MFG invoice, ( according to the current listing) but that was back in 2014, so surely the invoiced price was less. Typically people claim at least 30% off MSRP. Often the deal might be sweetened by getting add-ons to the trailer at less then list price. Things like insect screens, sewer hose, water hose, spare tires can be added at the time of negotiations.

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Old 09-03-2018, 09:07 AM   #6
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According to these the price range is 28799 to 55300 ?!

Maybe I should clarify these terms ( for myself ) . What is the diff between these ( 2018 NITRO 27KW no add ons )





Seedealercost:

MSRP - 41759
INOVOICE 28799


NADA:

SUGGESTED LIST PRICE 55300
AVERAGE RETAIL 42900
LOW RETAIL 35600
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there is often difficulty getting MSRP for a particular model. I suggest you start contacting dealers via email and get seller quotes from them. It appears to me the NADA listing is off.
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MSRP - 41759
INOVOICE 28799


NADA:

SUGGESTED LIST PRICE 55300
AVERAGE RETAIL 42900
LOW RETAIL 35600
Looking at your particular model, the MSRP is around 42,000 and the average retail is around 43,000.

You're not going to pay the invoice price. A lot depends on what part of the country you are buying in and if that rig is a 'last year's model'.

At this time of year, camping season is ending and dealers will frequently do deep discounts to get rid of stock.

If you can get financing in advance or want to pay cash, you increase your negotiating leverage. Good luck.
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As I interpret NADA, you start out with a base shell being the chassis, four outside walls, interior walls and the roof. Then you add in all of the fixtures and options to give the final price. The reason for this is that stove, stove with oven, 5 cf frig. vs larger, size of the AC, Artic pack, TVs etc, etc. vary by RV.

Equate it to pricing out a vehicle. There are trim factors, engine size, transmission, interior appointments, mileage (if used), even color and by zip code.

When we sold our RV, I did a NADA analysis along with other pricing research. NADA was right on the money. Other times, it is way off the mark. We were selling a boat and NADA seemed very low comparing what was on the market. We cleared $5,000 more than NADA on that transaction.

Even when comparing two like models on any website, unless cookie cutters on the dealer's lot, there will be differences. That being: overall condition, upgrades, fixtures, etc. , mileage on coaches, and, again, local.

Dealer's will very often use NADA when quoting a trade. I use it as a reference guide, not a bible.
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NADA is just like dry weights of RV's in the brochures. Pricing/Value depends on the area, and what that market will bear. Just like houses, automobiles, fuel and propane.
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NADA is just like dry weights of RV's in the brochures. Pricing/Value depends on the area, and what that market will bear. Just like houses, automobiles, fuel and propane.
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Recently bought a new camper and used a credit union which required dealer invoice to calculate down payment vs amount borrowed vs apr. Turns out that the price published on seedealer site was within $500 of actual invoice. You're not gonna pay invoice, but it is a good bargaining chip.
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I look at RVTrader to see what others are asking. I would start @ 35% off if options are the same, negotiate w/ add ons. EX fill propane tanks, lego blocks, sewer hose, heater vent covers(must have in TX) ect. It seems the more expensive trailer, the higher percentage I get off. If there is a new dealer in area, try them they are going to need the cash flow. Also do not be afraid to walk away and make a deal @ end of month.
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I would go by RV Trader before using NADA for buying.
NADA is a good resource for SELLING a RV. But I also use RV Trader for selling values also.
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If buying used, it's a guessing game.


If buying new, it's really up to you to do the homework.


I looked for a couple of years for a 15-17 foot trailer brand new so I had a ball park of what I would pay.


I went to a stadium RV show and bought a brand new 22 foot Forest River for the same price of a 15 footer! Apparently 15 footers were so popular at the time that all the local dealers were out of stock of new ones so thank you to all the people who bought those!
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