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Old 09-29-2009, 12:51 PM   #1
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Time of year to sell?

I have a 2009 28' Flying Cloud that I've been using to stay in when working in the bay area. I'm trying to decide whether to sell it later this fall or to store it for the winter, use it a couple times next spring and then let it go then. Is there a time of year (generally) that is best to list?


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Old 09-29-2009, 01:05 PM   #2
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People might be more ready to buy after the holidays until when the spring bug is biting. That may translate into a bit more interest. There are just too many variables to say whether that would mean higher prices -- certainly nowhere near enough to recoup storage costs and put extra coin in your pocket. Either way it doesn't hurt to use our free classifieds to check out interest and maybe just-maybe picking up a sale. They can be run without expiration almost -- you will receive notice to renew periodically.

Depreciation hits the instant you take delivery of a new unit. Somewhere in the range of a third of the new sale price? You won't be using this ever again?

Browse the classifieds for newer units. Pay attention to the asking price as a proportion of new price -- and the number of views. The high end for views means people like the idea but won't pay that much.

You can cruise Airstream dealer websites for similar units. Whatever a dealer is asking would be [you guess it] thousands of dollars more than a realistic selling price. You won't get much interest if you set your price that high. It's okay to ask something close to what you would take to move the unit -- and then dig in your heels to see how it goes.

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We originally planned on purchasing used, and looked for about 18 months. During that time, we found the only coaches worth making an offer on seemed to pop around May/June (private sellers).
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Originally Posted by usa448 View Post
I'm trying to decide whether to sell it later this fall or to store it for the winter, use it a couple times next spring and then let it go then.
If you're bringing it back to the rock, I'd think Spring/Summer, just like houses.
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With the economy you may do better next year when (hopefully) people are feeling better about their financial well being, jobs etc.

As to the time of the year, it always surprises me how many folks by new RVs and take delivery in the late summer and fall even though they will use them little until spring (full timers excepted).

If things work out, I plan on selling mine after next years (2010) camping season (fall) and finally purchasing an AS over the winter-early spring (2011).
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Spring always brings out more buyers, as people are starting to believe that the snow will melt, and that warm weather will come back.

More buyers, and more sellers all at the same time will surely result in a higher sell. But, as was already pointed out, if you are paying for parking, or a loan, that could change the dynamic.

I guess you just have to "do the math" for yourself, as they say...
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My $.02...

Sell at the beginning of the season. Perception for the new owner is they can use it all season. They may be willing to spend more because they get the immediate gratification of using it right away.

Buy at the end of the season. Perception for the seller is that they either a) got their monies worth out of it, or b) they didn't use it all season. Regardless they just want it gone...instead of thinking "we may use it next month" like they may at the beginning of the season.

"Seasons" vary across the country...

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Anytime, buyers on internet are not in the same season as you. I would say it being an almost new unit it would compete with dealers new sales and when they are available. Most dealers seem to think spring is the time people are gearing up to buy for summer use. Here in Florida we have two seasons of heavy use spring and fall. We looked for over a year but we were looking at older used MH's and condition was a factor besides price, we didn't want a project, no more than changes we would make to a new one.

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