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All about RVs

RVs can be separated into two main categories;
  • Towable RVs - Towable RVs are designed to be towed by a motorized vehicle (car, van or pickup truck) and is of such size and weight as not to require a special highway movement permit. Towable RVs do not require permanent on-site hook-up.
  • Motorized RVs - A motorized RV is built on or as an integral part of a self-propelled motor vehicle chassis, combining transportation, living quarters, sleeping areas in one unit.
Towable RVs
  • Folding camper (also known as pop-up camper)
    A lightweight unit with sides that collapse for towing and storage, the folding camping trailer combines the experience of open-air tent camping with sleeping comforts, basic conveniences and weather protection found in other RVs. The folding camper has recently become high-tech, employing such features as Air-conditioning and slide-outs to increase their space and compfort.

          Size range - 15 to 22 feet (when opened)
          Price range - Most available from $3,600 to $11,600
          Sleeping capacity - sleeps up to 8 people (depending on model)
  • Truck Campers (also known as piggy-backs)
    A unit loaded onto, or affixed to, the bed or chassis of a pickup, the truck camper is popular for rugged backroad journeys, accessing remote sites and family recreational camping. Truck campers too have joined the ranks of RVs with slide-outs. This increases the space available inside and makes them a great choice for families.

          Size range - 18 to 21 feet
          Price range - Most available from $4,500 to $21,900
          Sleeping capacity - sleeps up to 6 people (depending on model)
  • Travel Trailers
    A unit designed to be towed by a car, van or pickup by means of a bumper or frame hitch, the travel trailer provides all the comforts of home and is adaptable for weekend getaways, family vacations, and fulltiming. Using slide-outs in these units, manufacturers have been able to rival home-like features such as queen-size fold out beds, and island kitchens.

          Size range - 12 to 35 feet
          Price range - Most available from $9,500 to $63,000
          Sleeping capacity - sleeps up to 8 people (depending on model)
  • 5th Wheel Trailers
    Designed to be affixed and towed by a pickup equipped with special hitch in the bed, these two-level units can provide the greatest living of all towable RVs. Fifth-wheel travel trailers come equipped with all the comforts of home, such as washer and dryer, satellite dish, computer desks, and ceiling fans. 5th wheel trailers are perfect for weekend getaways, family vacations and have become popular with fulltimers also.

          Size range - 21 to 40 feet
          Price range - most available from $12,800 to $97,000
          Sleeping capacity - sleeps up to 8 people (depending on model)
Motorized RVs
  • Class A Motorhome - Gas
    The gas class A motorhome, also commonly referred to as the conventional motorhome. -- These RVs are equipped for short trips, and lengthy vacations. The gas class A is entirely constructed on a bare, specially designed motor vehicle chassis. Equipped with 1, 2, or even 3 slide-outs, the class A can take you almost anywhere in comfort and style.

          Size range - 21 to 37 feet
          Price range - Most available from $50,000 to $130,000
          Sleeping capacity - sleeps up to 10 people (depending on model)
  • Class A Motorhome - Diesel Pusher
    The Diesel pusher class A motorhome, is the largest, most luxurious of RVs -- These RVs are virtually "a home-away from-home" on wheels, fully loaded and equipped for lengthy vacations and fulltiming. The diesel pusher is entirely constructed on a heavy duty, bare, specially designed motor vehicle chassis. These vehicles are designed to run for hundreds of thousands of miles. Equipped with 1, 2, or even 3 slide-outs, the diesel pusher can take you almost anywhere in grand comfort and style.

          Size range - 34 to 40 feet
          Price range - Most available from $110,000 to $500,000
          Sleeping capacity - sleeps up to 6 people (depending on model)
  • Class B Motorhome
    Also commonly referred to as the van camper, the Class B motorhome is a van that has been customized to include temporary sleeping, eating and bathroom facilities. The Class B has come a long way since inception. These vans now come in 4 wheel drive so they can take you where no other RV can, and still give you a good nights sleep and a hot breakfast in the morning.

          Size range - 16 to 21 feet
          Price range - Most available from $35,000 to $75,000
          Sleeping capacity - sleeps up to 4 people (depending on model)
  • Class C Motorhome
    The class C motorhome, sometimes referred to as a mini-motorhome, provides the conveniences of a larger motorhome in a scaled-down version and at a lower price. The class C is usually built on an automotive manufactured van frame with an attached cab section. Utilizing slide-out technology, manufacturers have increased the interior room available. Class C motorhomes can be picked out easily because of the "over-the-cab" sleeping quarters, making them a perfect choice for the active family just starting camping.

          Size range - 20 to 32 feet
          Price range - Most available from $45,000 to $75,000
          Sleeping capacity - sleeps up to 6 people (depending on model)
  • Bus Conversion
    The bus conversion is the newest entry into the RV industry. The bus conversion is usually a retired tour or transit bus, purchased, and then converted into a motorhome. This class offers the most versatility as they are almost always custom built by the owner. The bus conversion is usually a diesel powered unit. But, there are also owners that have converted old school buses into motorhomes. The bus conversion is becoming more popular with fulltimers because of the generous storage capacity that the bus affords. They have also become very popular with sports fans such as NASCAR and football.

          Size range - 35 to 45 feet
          Price range - Most available from $45,000 to $500,000
          Sleeping capacity - sleeps up to 15 people (depending on conversion)
RV Selling hints and tricks
The goal of selling an RV is to get top dollar for your RV. Taking some time before putting your RV up for sale will yield more than you know when a potential buyer is looking.

Cleanliness Counts

Looks aren't everything, but they sure can make the difference between prospective buyers giving your rig a quick glance or a thorough lookover. A clean and well-maintained rig will attract more serious buyers, and shows that you care about the condition of your rig down to the last detail. Follow these steps to give your rig more sales appeal:

  • Wash and wax your RV's exterior.
  • Scrub and gloss the tires; inflate them to the proper pressure.
  • Remove all window and bumper stickers like Good Sam membership stickers, etc.
  • Replaces any latches or hinges that don't work properly.
  • Paint minor scratches (paint is often available at RV dealerships or auto parts store).
  • Use a degreaser to remove fluids and dirt from the engine compartment.
  • Clean the interior thoroughly; shampoo the upholstery and carpets. You may want to replace upholstery or carpet that shows excessive wear.
  • Repair or replace window treatments (blinds, shades, etc.) that don't work properly.
  • Remove personal items from the storage areas and glove box. Clean these areas thoroughly.
  • Eliminate any odors with some potpourri or an air freshener.

Three rules apply when you determine which repairs to make before putting your rig up for sale;

1. As a general rule, you should make all inexpensive repairs. Leave more expensive repairs and services to the new owner, and be sure to let potential buyers know of any major repairs needed. You may wind up splitting the difference at sale time so that a major repair can be made after the sale.

2. Use your best judgment. Repairs should make sound financial sense. If you're likely to recoup the cost of the repairs through a higher sales price, go ahead with the repairs.

3. If it is a safety issue, be sure to make the repair. You are only asking for trouble if you do not make a safety related repair before trying to sell your RV.

Most buyers are looking for good value for their money, not perfect vehicles. They will accept normal wear and tear if you can show you've taken care of the RV. Best practice is to be prepared to provide maintenance and service records and receipts to prospective buyers. Here are a few things to consider as simple maintenance;

  • Change the oil and oil filter.
  • Replace all burnt out bulbs and fuses.
  • Lubricate door hinges.
  • Repair windshield cracks. Have this done by a professional, if necessary.
  • Check all fluid levels and refill fluids, as needed.
Like the old saying goes, "The devil is in the details" and that stands to be very true when selling an RV. Attention to small details shows that you really have taken care of this RV and it will show.

"Curb appeal is EVERYTHING!"

Good luck!


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