What’s Your Private Party RV Value Really Worth? How To Find Out

PublishedMarch 14, 2021

If you're thinking of selling your RV, you're probably wondering what the private party RV value is.

Truck camper driving Arizona desert road

"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 a good 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 are helpful for figuring 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 the you, the seller.

KBB For RVs

Does Kelly Blue Book value RVs? Actually, 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.

This is one of the easiest ways to assess the value of your motorhome, travel trailer, or truck camper.

Let's look at how you can accomplish this.

What Is RV NADA, Anyway?

Similar to the Kelly Blue Book, the National Automobile Dealer's Association has been around for almost a century.

The RV NADA are a valuation guide for recreational vehicles.

The way they report on values is 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:

  • Condition
  • Mileage (motorhomes)
  • Location/region
  • Options
  • 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 jack, painted the cabinets, added lithium batteries, an inverter, a bike rack, bigger TV, USB ports, a fancy faucet, a new mattress, and so on. These things all add value.

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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 for sure look around 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 how to use 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 our your private party RV value (or RV fair retail value) is a very easy 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:

  1. Select 'Browse by RV type
  2. Pick by make
  3. Select your RV year
  4. Scroll down until you find your RV model
  5. Enter your zip code
  6. You can then select options or simply 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.

RV Trader

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'.

Ebay RVs For Sale

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 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!

You can simply go to their sold RVs page. Click on the type of RV you want to see (travel trailer, motorhome, toy hauler, etc). 

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.

Private Party RV Value

Some of the actual sold vehicles listed on PPL Motorhome's site

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.

Conclusion

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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.

Good luck!

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He-llllo. 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, I converted to part-time RV life. Heck, I lived in my travel trailer for over 5.5 years, STRICTLY boondocking for pretty much all of it. Boondocking is a GREAT way to live, but it's not easy. Anyway, I'm passionate about animals, can't stand campgrounds, I hardly ever cook, and I love a good dance party. Currently, I can be found plotting and scheming whether or not to start collecting farm animals (or plotting my next RV trip!) at my beautiful new 'ranch' named 'Hotel Kellyfornia', in Southern Arizona. 

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    • Hi Keri,

      Ha! Why, you thinking about selling? : P

      For those with this question, this can be a little tough, especially if you have a camper or van that doesn’t compare to anything on the market or that has sold recently. Still, I’d first compare it to what is out there for sale at the moment. Just because you find some for sale doesn’t mean that they are asking a fair price. Sold values are way more accurate.

      Still, you can follow a similar camper listing to see how long it takes to sell. Contact the seller. See if they will tell you how much the final sale was (and tell them why you’re asking).

      Otherwise, at the very least, I’d throw a price out there and if you get a million hits right away, you’ve probably priced it too low. Take it off the market, re-price, and throw it back out there again.

      Put it on the market and get zero inquiries, and either you have something so rare the market is tiny or you have priced it considerably high. No-one wants to deal with an unreasonable seller, so likely you won’t get any bites at all if it’s priced way too high.

      Supply and demand will help you out. Put out the feelers, then sit back and watch the market tell you if you’ve priced it right or not. Just remember, you don’t have to sell to the first person who says they’ll buy it if you have 20 people right behind them saying they will buy it too.

      Hope this helps anyone with a custom camper! (I am pretty sure you aren’t really wanting to sell your van, Keri : P : P )

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