When is the best time to buy an RV? After all, you want to get the best deal possible, right? Here are a few things to consider as you time your purchase.
The Best Time to Buy a New RV is Winter
From what we’ve seen, the best time to buy a brand new RV is the winter. There are a few reasons for that.
First, winter is when new models are released. Before that happens, dealers want to get the old inventory off their lot to make room for the newer models. You can usually get a great deal on an RV that’s never been used or owned for this reason.
It’s the same reason why shopping for a new car at the end of the year is the best time. Everyone wins - you get a deal, and the dealer makes room for a newer, higher-priced item.
Another reason to buy your RV in the winter is the lack of crowds. Have you ever been to an RV dealer in the summertime? They tend to be busy, as everyone is on the hunt for the vehicle of their dreams. Not so in the winter, meaning you’re able to have more attention (in a good way) from the sales associates.
And speaking of sales associates, winter is their dry time. They don’t make as many sales, so they’ll be more willing to negotiate on a great deal.
The Best Time to Buy a Used RV is the Late Winter or Spring
If you’re in the market for a used RV, the best time of year is a month or so later when the weather starts to warm up a little. You don’t want to wait too long, but that sweet spot is right at the end of winter and spring.
This is right after many people have traded in their used RVs for brand new ones. Or you may be able to buy directly from someone who wants a new RV, but is trying to offload their old one first.
By “old” we don’t mean 20 years old. Sometimes these folks will be selling their RVs that were only used for a few weekend trips! Since it’s used, you save a lot of money. Since it was barely used, it’s almost like you’re buying a brand new RV. Win-win for you.
Buying RVs at Trade Shows is Also a Great Time
Even when it’s hot outside meaning lots of people are in the market, trade shows can be great for buying a new RV. These sales teams are typically there for a reason, meaning they need to drum up some sales. Even though you may not save as much money as buying in the winter, you can still get a good deal.
The key is to plan on negotiating. Even if you love an RV, you don’t want the salesperson to know that. You want them to think you’re willing to walk away if the deal isn’t right. They know there are dozens of other choices at the show, so they’ll work hard (i.e. lower the price) to get the sale.
There you have it - the best times to buy a travel trailer are generally the winter, early spring and at trade shows. Happy RV hunting!