Used RV Prices

You are probably curious about used RV prices if you are in the market to purchase a pre-owned recreational vehicle. Prices on motor homes, trailers, fifth wheels or other RVs can vary widely depending upon the make and model, condition of the RV and other factors. The information below will enlighten you about used RV prices and what to expect.

How the National Automobile Dealers Association determines used RV prices

This organization, also known as NADA, derives the information offered on their website at using 3 primary sources which are RV dealers, auctions and RV sales sites on the internet. This organization also surveys the dealers that sit on their advisory board regarding make and model as well as year of the RV, trade amount, mileage and information on renovations that may have been made to the used recreational vehicles along with resale price. NADA also reviews the online RV sales sites and their inventory listings in order to keep up-to-date on current asking prices in the market.

Used RV prices and what you can expect

So how much will you pay for a used RV? It's hard to say, but you can get a general idea. The age of the RV, what condition it is in and whether it is a 30 foot long motor home or 16 ft. trailer will make a considerable difference.

If you and your spouse only intend to use your RV to do a little camping and fishing on occasion, you may be in the market for an older pop-up style trailer. You might get a 1999 Coachmen in good condition for around $2,495, which isn't a bad deal considering the enjoyment you will get out of the RV.

Fifth wheels are typically a bit more costly than pop-up style campers. You might expect to pay between $8,995 and $12,000 for a 1998 285 Catalina with double bunks, stereo, 3 burner stove, microwave, slide out and other features.

Travel trailers offer plenty of space and comfort for those who travel frequently. If you can afford to spend $11,000 or more you can enjoy a 26 foot long Northwood Artic Fox, a 1998 year model that offers tile floors in kitchen and bath, patio awning, 1 slide out, queen-size bed, roof AC, living room, rear ladder, walk-through bath and many other features.

What about motor homes? As with other types of recreational vehicles, used RV prices on motor homes vary depending upon age and condition as well. You might pay around $10,000 for a 17 year old Winnebago Warrior, while a 1991 Malibu 32 foot long motor home in good condition would generally cost around $15,000.

In general, motor homes manufactured in the mid to late 90s typically run about $16,000 to $19,000 depending upon length, condition and features offered. If you are looking for a newer model, expect to pay $20,000 or more. Older motor homes can often be found for $7,000 and even less, but the older the motor home you buy the more problems you can expect simply due to age and wear and tear.

As you can see, used RV prices vary dramatically depending upon whether you are in the market for a pop-up trailer, fifth wheel, motor home or other type. Consider your needs and budget, then do your research. Since used RV prices vary from under $2,000 to well above $20,000, it is likely you can find the recreational vehicle for your needs at a price you can afford.