Need a few tips to save money when you buy an RV? Here are the best tips we can offer based on our research and experience.
How to Save Money on Your RV Tip #1: Buy Used
RVs are like cars - they lose a lot of value as soon as you drive them off the lot. That’s why for most people it makes sense to buy a taken-care-of used RV instead of a brand new one.
Here are a few things to keep in mind as you look around.
Buy from private owners - You’ll usually be able to get a better deal if you buy directly from an owner instead of going through a dealership. That’s because there’s no middleman. Everyone wins - the owner doesn’t have to deal with a dealership and you save money.
Shop around - The great thing about buying from a private owner is you have tons of options. Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, eBay, Letgo, etc. The internet is an amazing thing, so make sure you take advantage of it during your search!
Get a fixer upper - Dealerships usually won’t have fixer uppers. They know fixer uppers can be hard to sell and don’t want to deal with it. That’s good news for you, because it means you may find an owner who is having trouble getting rid of it. That means they may give you an exceptionally good deal!
In general, you’ll get the lowest price on a used RV by following those tips. But if you’ve decided that you don’t want to buy an RV someone else has used/lived in, the next few tips are for you.
Tip for Buying a New RV: Buy at an RV Show
Why do dealers travel to RV shows? Simple - they’re trying to sell some vehicles. Maybe they’re having a slow year. Could be they have excess inventory they need to offload. Or maybe, like most dealers, they just know this is a great place to sell RVs because the target market is all around them!
The thing is, this mindset they have of wanting to sell vehicles is a very good thing for you. It means it is a buyer’s market. Here’s how to get the best deal.
Use the first day to scout around - Figure out which vehicles you’re most interested in, then do some research that night on the brand/model/prices.
Use the last day to buy - By the last day of the show, the dealers are getting antsy. They would rather sell their RVs than have to get it back home, so they’ll be more willing to negotiate a good price.
No shows happening in your area? That’s okay too - here’s another tip to consider.
How to Save on an RV Tip #3: Buy at the End of the Season
As the weather starts getting cooler, your local RV dealers will become more motivated to sell. They know that newer, updated models will come out soon so they want to get rid of old inventory. The other downside for them is fewer people are thinking of RV life in the colder months.
Bad news for them, good news for you. You can likely get a better price during this time because dealers know they need to offload the old inventory!
There are a few ways to save money when you buy an RV. The important thing is to understand what you want, do your research, time it just right and be willing to walk away if the deal isn’t good for you. Best of luck!