Since you have returned after reading part one, it’s highly likely that you are indeed in the market to trade in your current rig for a model that is better suited to the tastes of you and your family.

Whether it be that you needed more room, more power or something more reliable to take on even bigger adventures on the road, something tells you that it is time to make the move a new RV. But before you can call the new motor coach home, you will need to get rid of the one you have now.

We are going to look at how you can get maximum return on your vehicle, as well as how you can calculate the amount you can expect to see for the return in the blog below, so let’s get started by taking a look at what you can do to ensure you get top dollar at the time of trade-in.


Prepare the RV


The most important aspect when it comes to receiving maximum value for your trade in is making sure that your coach is in good working order and sound mechanical condition. Beyond that, there are a plethora of things that you can give a little attention to that will certainly boost the look, and therefore the value of your rig.

With just a few hours of time and some household cleaning supplies, you can transform your RV’s appearance from “worn-down” to “shiny as new.” And when your coach sparkles and shines both inside and out, the positive impact it will have on the value of your trade in can make all the difference when it comes time to calculating your return.

Remember to dust all surfaces, décor pieces, and electronics. Not to mention taking a cloth to the walls and ceilings, which can gather webs. Emptying the cabinets and drawers of all food and belongings, and giving them a wipe down is also highly recommended.

If your rig has been used for many-an-adventure, perhaps you will find it helpful to have the upholstery and carpets cleaned. This is an easy way to give new life to old fabrics without having to invest much time or money.

You certainly do not need to an entire over-haul of the coach to add some oomph to it, but you might want to consider freshening up the décor on the inside, making it look modern and new. A space that looks ready to move into is the most highly desirable feature of a trade in.  A few easy things to upgrade that will make a nice impact are the pillows, blankets and art, if they have been around for more than a few years.


 Prepare the Paperwork


Not only does the vehicle need to be in order, so do all the documents that are necessary for owning and maintaining the machinery. Having these papers together beforehand will save you time and frustration when the time comes to give up your RV.

First things first, you will want to have your RV’s manual handy. If by chance you’ve lost it on your travels, you can check online for a printable version, or contact the dealership. Also, have any instruction manuals associated with appliances, and electronics.

Gather up all of the service records and receipts, for these will come in handy when it comes time to evaluate the worth of the coach. You may even want to include the purchase receipts for items such as wiper blades or aftermarket items, because these too can help increase the value of the rig.

Be sure to include the papers of formality such as the active warranty documentation, your RV’s title and current registration, as well as any paperwork associated with an active loan.


Estimate the Trade-In Value


The return you eventually get on your motorhome will likely differ from the estimate that we are about to calculate, depending on the current market value, but this step will help you to figure out what you might expect when you bring your rig to the local dealer.

  1. The first thing you will want to do is visit the National Automobile Dealers Association RV Pricing Page and begin by pressing the “Start Here” button.
  2. Select the manufacturer of your RV from the drop down menu.
  3. Select the model and year of your RV. You will be shown the overall length and other descriptors to help you to be sure you have chosen the proper model.
  4. Input the miles that have accumulated on your RV’s odometer
  5. Finally, select the extra features and options that are included in your unit.

The information you will get from this is the approximate price of your unit when it was brand new, also known as the Suggested List Price.  Beside this price you will see a “Low Retail” and an “Average Retail” price. So, how do you go about using these numbers to find out the approximate amount of your trade-in?

Depending on the state of your unit, the realistic trade-in value can be determined by subtracting 10% from the “Low Retail” number. The amount you get is a reasonable ball-park figure, but do keep in mind that there are economic factors that will come into play as well.

Once you’ve traded in your old rig, and found the perfectClass A Motorhome for you and your family, come on by! We would love to see your brand new rig.

Hearthside Grove has the perfect lot awaiting you, in the awe-inspiring nature surroundings that only Northern Michigan can boast. Our lots have been crafted with the care attention to detail you deserve. The time is now to live your dream. Experience unparalleled luxury and natural beauty in Petoskey.