What’s Your Private Party RV Value Really Worth? How To Find Out
If you're thinking of selling your RV, you're probably wondering what the private party RV value is.
"What is my RV worth" is a great question. But where do you go to figure it out?
It's not like there's a Kelly Blue Book listing the RV pricing for used campers. Or is there? (There's something similar!)
You're likely looking to sell to a private party if you're here (or you want to consign it), so you need to know your private party RV value.
Let's dive into the ways you can figure out what your RV is worth.
Figuring Private Party RV Value
The easiest way to figure out the value of your RV for sale is by using the NADA RV Value Guide. It is an excellent first step in figuring out the value of your RV.
However, you may have an RV that is not listed in the NADA database. That said, there are other tools out there that help figure out what your RV is worth as well.
Armed with our suggestions, you can pretty easily figure out how much to sell your RV for at a fair price for the buyer and you, the seller.
KBB For RVs
Does Kelly Blue Book value RVs? They don't. However, there is a similar company/website that provides RV values.
The NADA (National Automobile Dealer's Association) provides retail and private party RV values.
Let's look at how you can accomplish this.
What Is RV NADA, Anyway?
Like the Kelly Blue Book, the National Automobile Dealer's Association has been around for almost a century.
The RV NADA is a valuation guide for recreational vehicles.
They report on values because they rely on hard data of sales prices from sellers, dealers, and they try to be as comprehensive as possible.
There are several factors NADA uses that will determine the price of your RV. Namely:
- Mileage (motorhomes)
- Quality of brand
Some things are NOT considered by these organizations, such as upgrades NOT made by the manufacturer, nostalgia, and sentimental value.
You may have added an electric trailer tongue jack, painted the cabinets, added lithium batteries, an inverter, a bike rack, bigger TV, USB ports, a fancy faucet, the best RV mattress, and so on. These things all add value.
When an RV is rare or in very high demand, the price can be especially off in the NADA.
In cases like these, you should look for other pricing help- more on that in a minute.
The RV NADA also doesn't consider current demand.
For example, when COVID-19 hit, demand for camping vehicles, which was already high, went even higher. People wanted to avoid hotels and instead stay in RVs for travel.
Higher demand pushed up already high prices even higher. These things are not taken into consideration by NADA.
It's just not possible for them to keep up with or even figure out the price change for something like that. Keep that in mind.
Let's look at using the RV NADA to find your RV model or ones very similar to yours.
NADA RV Values- How To Use The NADA
This is only one way you should go about pricing your RV. Use more than one source so you can make a more accurate guesstimate.
Figuring out your private party RV value (or RV fair retail value) is a straightforward process with the NADA RV Values website.
First, go to the NADA RV Values website.
Then follow the prompts. The steps to find out how much your RV is worth are as follows:
- Select 'Browse by RV type'
- Pick by make
- Select your RV year
- Scroll down until you find your RV model
- Enter your zip code
- You can then select options or get the base price
That's it! The NADA RV guide then spits out three RV selling prices for your unit:
- Suggested RV list price
- Low retail RV value
- Average retail RV value.
Don't forget to take into consideration your RVs upgrades, the condition of the interior and exterior, modifications, etc.
If you're a sane/logical/rational human, you should also understand that if your RV has problems- such as water damage, you must decrease the price by the amount it will take to repair it.
Again- don't take the listed NADA price as perfectly correct. You should compare it to other places.
Also, what if your RV is not listed in this database? You're in luck.
As mentioned before, there are other ways to figure out what your RV is worth.
Let's start with RV Trader.
How To Use RV Trader To Value Your RV
RV Trader is a website listing all types of RVs and campers for sale.
Private party sellers as well as RV dealers list units on the site.
Searching here for similar RVs for sale gives you a good idea of a fair price for your unit.
Beware though, dealers often fiercely overprice their RVs. Additionally, a private party RV seller may overprice theirs as well.
However, if you find multiple RVs like yours or similar to yours in price, brand quality, length, and features, you can be pretty sure yours is worth a similar price.
RV Trader is also a great place to list your RV for sale.
Using eBay To Estimate Your RV Value
eBay has one very helpful feature when trying to figure out the value of anything. You can filter for 'sold items'.
Because looking at an ASKING price at on eBay does not compare to looking at what things actually sold for.
Pay attention to what area of the country it was sold, what condition it was in, and how the features match up to yours.
This will give you a pretty good guesstimate for how much you can list yours.
First you will need to go to eBay Motor's RV page.
When searching, first enter your RV manufacturer and model. Then click on 'sold items'.
If there are none identical to yours, do a general search and enter criteria similar to yours such as length, number of slides or no slides, style, year, etc.
You have to rely on your common sense in this case. If you have a travel trailer, 16-25' long, no slides, your RV should not be priced 'the same' as a pop up tent trailer that fell into the same search.
They should be VERY similar in brand quality, style, condition, and area of the country sold.
PPL Motorhomes Vehicles Sold List
This one is unexpected!
PPL Motorhomes is a huge and popular Texas RV dealership that also offers RV consignment.
They are pretty well-known for their great customer service. (A rare thing in the RV industry!)
Best of all, they freely advertise the prices of the RVs they have sold within the last 2 years (And they show the listing so you can see the condition of the RV, features, etc).
Now THAT'S something!
Then, on the left side of the page, you can filter for MANY, MANY different things such as brand, weight, amenities, bed size, bath amenities, if it has solar, and so much more.
This makes it easy to find if something that is very similar to yours has sold.
RV Appraisal Service
If you have a newer and/or more expensive RV and want to be extra sure you're pricing it correctly, you might try an appraisal service.
This will cost you, sure.
But it might save you from losing thousands of dollars from under-pricing your unit.
I'd recommend doing an online search for "RV appraisals + your town name". For example, I did a search for "RV appraisals Tucson" and found one or two ideas.
Don't give your RV away! Figure out what it is worth so it's not sitting unsold for forever and also so you don't cheat yourself out of potentially thousands of dollars.
It's pretty easy to figure out your private party RV value. All you need is an internet connection and to type out a few details.
I mean, come on. Easy-peasy! (Unless you have an ultra rare or old unit that you cannot find online anywhere.)
Look at what others have sold for, look at the NADA price, and look at what others are for sale for.
There are lots of online resources for you to get a good idea of what you can get when you sell your RV.
Author: Kelly Beasley
Hello! I'm the co-founder of Camp Addict, which my biz partner and I launched in 2017. I frigging love the RVing lifestyle but in December of 2020, we both converted to part-time RV life. Heck, I lived in my travel trailer for over 5.5 years, STRICTLY boondocking. I learned a lot about the RV life and lifestyle during those years. Now we share what we know with you here at Camp Addict.
After that many years of wonderful full-time travel, it was time for something new. These days, I'm often found working from my new Az home, and sometimes plotting and scheming whether or not to start collecting farm animals (or plotting my next RV trip!).