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Old 06-12-2015, 04:09 PM   #1
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So whats it really worth?

My folks are talking about downsizing a little as they are getting older and dads health continues to decline. They keep asking me how much I think they could get out of their 5th wheel (05 297RLS? Mountaineer by Montana). I know what nada says and by looking at CL, theres not many compareables. How do you come up with a number that will get people looking and interested but still a fair deal for you. They understand that they will get nowhare near what they paid for it new in 05, but don't want to give it away either.

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Old 06-12-2015, 04:18 PM   #2
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It's been a while since I looked at NADA. Do they list a retail price vs a private party value? You could look at regeional dealer inventory and see what comprable used units are going for. Call a dealer and ask for a ball park on what they might give as a trade in price assuming it's in "fair" condition. Then set your price about 70% above the trade-in value between the difference of that and retail sale value.

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Old 06-12-2015, 06:34 PM   #3
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Look on Craig's list to see what other folks are asking for comparable rigs. Then put an ad up there with pictures and all the extras and see what kind of bites you get.

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Old 06-12-2015, 08:51 PM   #4
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You have to be realistic. People on Craigslist, etc. are there because they want a deal. You're not going to get book value or what a dealership would get for a similar unit. If you really want to sell, look up nada value and price it -$500. Then be willing to negotiate.

I do a lot of craigslist window shopping. Thing priced to sell go in days while others repost their items for months with no apparent interest.
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NADA is a good place to start. The hard cold truth is that private sales are hard to get. You offer no warranty or financing. That means the only leverage you have is how good it looks and price.
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I found a few listings that ranged from an '06 asking $12,000 to $17,700 for an '05. These were dealer ads.
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When I post things for sale on CL, I take lots of great pictures (no fuzzy, finger blocking or upside down ones!) and then price the item slightly high. After a week, no more, if I get no bites at all, I drop my price quite a bit. Depending on what I am selling and how bad I want to sell it, I will drop my price anywhere from 10% to 50%. If I get a couple bites, I drop my price a little, usually 5 - 10%. I also don't just update the ad...I post a whole new ad and then delete the old one. It keeps it current that way.


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