RV resale value is a tricky thing. Because RV dealers are looking for trade-ins that still look like they just drove off the lot last week. And personal RV buyers may not have the same appreciation for what you think looks good inside an RV, or for the add-on features that you believe enhance RV life on the road. That said, there are a few things you can do to get more money for it when it comes time to sell your RV! Here are 5 ways to get a higher trade-in value from an RV dealer + 5 ways to get a higher RV resale value when selling your RV privately.
Sun And Heat Issues
The sun's intense rays and high heat can damage your RV -- both inside and out. It's usually most noticeable on the RV tires & RV furniture. See how to check your tires for sun damage and how to protect and/or replace sun-damaged RV furniture. RV owners share their favorite RV cleaners & protectants that will make your RV last longer -- especially if it's in the sun a lot. Plus DIY ideas to keep the temperature inside your RV more comfortable while on the road in the heat of the summer, and what you need to know about RV garages, RV covers, tire covers, and more.
See how much your RV is worth (RV values explained), plus the top 10 things that decrease the value of your RV. The biggest takeaways here are: 1) Seriously consider every single change you want to make to your camper BEFORE you make it, and 2) Evaluate the degree to which that change could be detrimental to your RV’s resale value (because not everyone will appreciate what you happen to like). So… pick the best RV for your needs from the get-go. Then, get out there and use it (rather than keep it parked). Take care of your camper… and use it!
Too much humidity and too little humidity are both bad for your camper and your camping gear. See the #1 thing you need to do as soon as you get home, if it has rained on your camping trip! Plus, 5 steps to REDUCE RV humidity in damp, wet conditions and 4 steps to INCREASE RV humidity on dry, arid days. Everything you need to know about RV moisture levels, the perfect humidity level to maintain inside an RV, and how to solve RV window condensation problems.
Just like the items inside your house, RV components have a certain life expectancy. Following is a list of all the items in and on your RV — and their expected lifespan. Items are listed in the order they are most likely to wear out, with time ranges showing the approximate number of years each item typically lasts. The list includes all major RV components — from the drivetrain and electronics to slideouts, roof vents, toilets, refrigerators, and more! A checklist of RV repair issues that you should be prepared for + DIY tips to make things last longer.
Have you considered living off the grid in your RV? I’ve been full-time RVing for the past 7 years. I split my time between long term stays in RV parks and living off the grid in my RV as a nomad wandering with the weather. If you’ll be staying in one place for at least 6 months at a time, then living off the grid (boondocking) is an option that you might want to consider. I’ve put together this helpful guide to give you an idea of what to expect in the way of living expenses and overall comfort when living off the grid in an RV, compared to on-grid RV living. See the costs and comforts associated with both on- and off-grid RV camping.
See a list of fall/winter RV maintenance tasks that are most important. These are the things you should do every year during the fall before winter hits. One of the MOST important is RV roof maintenance… see why!
Adding a sun shade tarp to make your own RV awning room will greatly improve the livability of your outdoor space AND reinforce the awning should modest wind or rain suddenly appear. If you want more RV awning shade, here’s how to do it… on a budget.
To save on RV air conditioning, I made a swamp cooler for my motorhome. A commercial evaporative cooler costs $400+. My DIY model cost less than $50 to make
Some RVers put reflective bubble wrap insulation on all RV windows. I just put it on the RV windshield. It’s the easiest way to keep your RV cool in summer!
Washing the exterior of your RV with a mild detergent may keep it clean, but it will do little to protect the finish from the damage that direct sunlight will do. Here’s how to safely get a clean RV, protect the finish of your RV, and keep it looking like new.