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A.Miel

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I have a 2017 fifth wheel that I want to sell. I am not using this forum to sell it, rather just for some advice on pros/cons of putting it up for consignment or selling it privately. I am leaning towards consignment, since I am pretty far out in the country and might be difficult for folks to come out here. Any pitfalls to be aware of when going consignment? Would appreciate advice/suggestions. Thanks!

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Negotiate the deal carefully. Read every sentence. Remember that if the consignment company owner goes bankrupt, you lose it all 99.9% of the time. Does your insurance cover the time on the consignment lot? Oh, you don’t know? Tisk, tisk.


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just make sure of what % they want to sell your rig. a friend of mine wanted x amount for his and the company priced it out at twice the amount. and it wasn't worth it so it sat on the lot for a long time before he took it home and sold it himself

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You are going to lose a lot of money consigning it.


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Do you have a friend or relative located in a high traffic area? They may let you park it there, with your phone number on it. Some businesses will let you park it on their lot for sale for a small fee.

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A.Miel wrote:

Would appreciate advice/suggestions. Thanks!


You will lose a ton of money if you choose to do a consignment. I used RV Trader to sell my last truck and RV (as a package deal) so I would get nationwide exposure. I had a lot of interest and ended up selling to a really nice guy in Texas. He flew to my home state of Oregon and paid full price then drove them home. It was a very smooth transaction. As with any sale to a private party, you need to be really careful to read the people you're dealing with. I'm very sensitive to red flags and feel I'm a pretty good judge of people. I've never traded in anything. All my vehicle sales have been private party and it's saved me tens of thousands of dollars over the years.

I will say consignment (like trading your vehicle in) is much easier and less stressful. That is worth something.

Good luck with whatever decision you make.

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Make sure you know about all the scams involved in selling big ticket items. No Checks, certified or otherwise for one. Bank transfer is a good way to go.


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Could try marketplace on Facebook


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RVTrader and RVT give wide coverage. More local coverage can be had via Craigslist and Offerup. There is a web site that allows you to search all CL pages in the U.S., Canada and Mexico in one place. Searchtempest.com.

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I've sold my RVs for the most money on Craigslist or RV Trader/RVT but it does take some work. If you're willing and able it will save you a ton of money over trade-in or consignment.

Cliff notes of what I've done:

Write a fairly long ad explaining the trailer and a bit about you - why you are selling, what you enjoyed about the trailer, etc. So many people just put a 10 word ad and it doesn't grab people.

Get GOOD pictures... not blurry cell phone photos. Get a wide-angled lens and some high quality pictures. 99% of the time your buyers are going to find your trailer online and the pictures are your first (and possibly only) impression.

Screen people - from the first point of contact, Google phone #s and email addresses, listen to parts of their story and be sure things add up. Ask for a copy of a driver's license and offer your to them - this weeds a lot of dirtbags out quickly.

Be realistic with pricing. At 3-4 years I've sold (quickly) my trailers at 1/2 of MSRP. At 2 years you should be able to do somewhat better but likely not much.

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