How To Fix Up Your RV For Sale After You Haven't Used It For A While

Posted on: 13 July 2015

So, it's time to fix up your motor home for sale. Make sure that the RV is as clean and up-to-date on its maintenance as possible. Preparing your RV as if for a trip will help impress buyers and may get a better price for the vehicle. These tips will help you get the RV ready to sell.

Clean It Inside and Out

The outer cleaning of the RV is pretty simple and straight forward: hose it down, scrub it with long handled, soft bristled brushes, soap it up, and rinse it till it gleams. If you've got a canvas awning, open it up and check for mold or mildew. Use a solution of vinegar to clean the awning and remove spots. If necessary, use a bleach and water solution to clean the awning, but test the bleach on a little section of the awning for color fastness first. 

For the inner RV, start at the back and work your way to the front. Open all cabinets and appliances. Look for spider webs, evidence of vermin or pests, and stains on the fabrics and upholstery. A little elbow grease now can pay off later, so try not to worry about taking all day or even several days to get this part right.

Check the LP and Water Lines

Turn off all your appliances,  and then use a leak detector to check for any LP leaks in the hoses and lines that lead to the appliances. Next, fill the water tank with fresh water, and then run the lines to check for leaks. If you find any leaks in either the LP lines or the water lines, plan to have those repaired before putting your RV up for sale. 

Take Care of the Tires

Add air to the tires and check them for cracks. Remember, the person who's buying your RV is going to expect to test drive the vehicle. If he or she can't because the tires are in bad shape, you're likely to get a lot less money for your vehicle. If the tires are cracked, it's time to have them replaced.

Get a Tune-Up

Reconnect the battery if it's been disconnected, and then fire up the engine and take it out for a drive. Take your RV to your trusted mechanic, and have all systems inspected from top to bottom. Pay for an oil change and have the mechanic check the brakes, fluids, filters, hoses and more. Assume that anyone considering purchasing your motor home will want their own mechanic to take a look. Anything visible and obvious should be fixed in order to get the best price. 

Best of luck with selling your motor home this summer. Following all these tips, you should be able to get the best price from your RV's buyer and be able to compete with other motorhomes for sale.