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Old 08-08-2018, 10:33 AM   #1
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Selling my camper, can anyone tell me what a good price would be?

We've decided to sell our travel trailer. We aren't using it enough, maybe only once or twice a year, and I don't want to see it rot away and be worth nothing in a few years. I'd rather get the money out of it and use it for something else fun.

Its a 2007 Surveyor 235





Last year I fixed some moisture issues, the floor was wet due to a leaking door seal. I fixed the area directly in front of the door that was rotten, and I removed the linoleum and ran a dehumidifier for a few weeks to draw out any moisture. I then glued and screwed down an additional layer of 1/4 plywood, and installed carpet tiles over top of that.





I've done a lot of extra stuff, including installing a bluetooth stereo



And I installed a 25db directional wifi antenna on the roof that you can aim using the TV antenna mast, for getting better wifi when at a park that has it.

It has a slide out rear queen bed.

I just installed a new awning on it last year, the old one had some tears.

Tires and wheel hubs are in excellent shape. Roof is good. In fact, I don't know of any actual issues with the camper. Like I said, I just hate to see it not used and it sit and rot in my backyard.

I'm not really sure what price to list it for. I was hoping you guys could suggest what I should start the listing at?

Thanks!
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Im no expert, but based on what you describe 6 or 7k.. probably closer to 6.

That water damage is going to be a big detractor.
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We've decided to sell our travel trailer. We aren't using it enough, maybe only once or twice a year, and I don't want to see it rot away and be worth nothing in a few years. I'd rather get the money out of it and use it for something else fun.

Its a 2007 Surveyor 235





Last year I fixed some moisture issues, the floor was wet due to a leaking door seal. I fixed the area directly in front of the door that was rotten, and I removed the linoleum and ran a dehumidifier for a few weeks to draw out any moisture. I then glued and screwed down an additional layer of 1/4 plywood, and installed carpet tiles over top of that.





I've done a lot of extra stuff, including installing a bluetooth stereo



And I installed a 25db directional wifi antenna on the roof that you can aim using the TV antenna mast, for getting better wifi when at a park that has it.

It has a slide out rear queen bed.

I just installed a new awning on it last year, the old one had some tears.

Tires and wheel hubs are in excellent shape. Roof is good. In fact, I don't know of any actual issues with the camper. Like I said, I just hate to see it not used and it sit and rot in my backyard.

I'm not really sure what price to list it for. I was hoping you guys could suggest what I should start the listing at?

Thanks!
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go to NADA RV.
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Old 08-09-2018, 01:20 PM   #5
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I wouldn't say anything about the water damage if it's fixed, unless they ask, yes NADA.com
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Old 08-09-2018, 02:49 PM   #6
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You can use NADA as a reference, but not a bible. When we sold our Sunseeker, it was truly a benefit. We used the information. Yesterday, our son sold a sailboat. The NADA figures were way off and came up during the sale. He was able to counter the argument with other docs. He sold the boat for more than a thousand higher than NADA. We had occasion to sell a power boat more than $5,000 over NADA.

I did a cursory check on your unit. NADA could work in your favor. When doing this, check off virtually every item that is appropriate, including AC size, fridge size, awnings and sizes, etc. What is noteworthy is that base price is basically set on the shell and walls. All appliances are considered ad-ons. It took me a while to figure that out.

Also check websites to see what equivalent size and age units are selling for. Even a few years newer if the camper is in excellent condition. The research you do up front is invaluable.

Once the research is done and the camper is detailed to a T, post it on craigslist. Write a very detailed description-the more detailed, the better. Buyers will actually read/reread an ad that is interesting. One line or one paragraph doesn't cut it. If it is non-smoking and no pets, be sure to include that info. Make them feel like they are at home in it. It does work and it is worth the effort. I have been told numerous times that the prospective buyer knows every detail I have included. On the motor home, it equated to two full pages typewritten pages. The buyers stated that they had digested all of it and could quote details as we spoke.

Price the unit a few hundred over your expected final price. People like to negotiate and you may get surprised and get full asking price. Pricing too low and people wonder why. NEVER use OBO (or best offer). It opens the door for a low ball and buyers feel they can get it for a lot less (25% or more). Or, what's wrong with it?. You have a valid reason for selling-you don't use it.

Take a lot of pictures. I believe craigslist allows 24-25. Post the more unusual picture because it gets more attention. A side or 3/4 view of a camper is just like all the other ads. Be different. Maybe a picture of awning out, bays open or set up to camp with no people in the picture. When you write the ad, try to follow your picture sequence. Having done the water damage repairs, there should be no need to bring it up. Full disclosure is not required. Even when selling a stix and bricks, a repair done correctly does not have to be disclosed.

We live in a quasi rural area surrounded by 4 craigslist metro areas. I choose to post in the smallest of those metro areas. Why? Less competitions and a strong buyers market. And, the ad is also on line in the other three areas. It is a win/win.

On Friday at the end of each week, I delete the ad (unless I have a very interested party). Once the ad is deleted, craigslist gives 3 options: 1, the ad is deleted (you don't want to do that): 2. Update this posting (gets reposted as the original and any changes made): 3, Repost. This option will post a completely new ad with no history. All you have to do is click through edit the written, location, and pictures. Click, click, click and it comes up Unpublished Draft. Click and the completely new ad is posted-at the top. That is one thing that really works. I went through this with our son. He deleted, reposted, and the buyer made contact. Two weeks to sell a sailboat, the buyer coming from across the state. I can not tell you how many times this has worked on big and small items.

Be in control. You have a good product. Don't be afraid to say (on a low-ball), "We appreciate your offer, but we have done the research and know the value." Show them the docs to prove it. If they walk, so be it. But if they are truly interested, they will try to deal then or they will get back. On the powerboat sale, we had that happen. The couple did walk. The following day, we had a buyer come completely across Florida twice. Once to make the deal and once to bring the cash. The party that walked called while I was in the process of writing the receipt. We advised that we had a buyer here with a deposit. The couple then told us that they were willing to top the buyer's price. Sorry folks, we made the deal.

We have sold boats, slide-in campers, a motor home and other items solely advertising on craigslist. It works. And, the price is right-it's free!
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Old 08-09-2018, 04:38 PM   #7
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I wouldn't say anything about the water damage if it's fixed, unless they ask, yes NADA.com
Full disclosure . not required but you don't know if it's fixed or fixed correctly , buyer beware and look very close at what your buying as many people will hide known issues . i think the op is doing the correct thing in disclosing the issues he had and what he did, let the buyer inspect it with full knowledge of the unit history
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Yesterday, our son sold a sailboat.



We have sold boats, slide-in campers, a motor home and other items solely advertising on craigslist. It works. And, the price is right-it's free!

We sold a sailboat on CL but it took awhile due to the fact that it was a racing skiff. To our surprise, an older couple like ourselves drove all the way from Utah (we're in So Cal) to buy it! Apparently they were looking for that exact sailboat!


I've sold other boats on CL, but I try to be honest on the phone on the initial contact, but run into the CL flakes! The ones that do come and look at the boats tell me that wasn't what they were looking for after I told that exact thing to them on the phone!


Oh, good luck selling the rig.
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Research others of the same model and then subtract 10% and add $200 so you can have a "bargaining" drop and then figure the time of year into your decision. Not so easy.
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I've had good/better luck selling on Facebook Marketplace.
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