Ready to buy an RV? Here’s where to start
Maybe it’s the allure of
van life on Instagram, or perhaps you’re ready to get the
family camping next summer. But the big decision has been made:
You’ve decided to buy a camper. The
next step, of course, is where to buy it. Love campers and
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Here at Curbed, we’ve provided you with a ton of resources on
the camper life. We’ve revealed our favorite
teardrop trailers, and
lightweight campers to buy. We’ve also explored
whether or not you should have a
toilet in your RV, written the
ultimate camper gear shopping guide, and listed some of our
van conversion companies. Today, we dive into the world of
for-sale camper websites.
There’s no substitute for seeing a camper—of any kind—in
person. We highly recommend going to an RV show to discover
what type of camper makes you swoon: Is it an
amenity-packed trailer? A Class C RV? A
tricked-out camper van ready to go off grid? Whatever strikes
your fancy, seeing the differences face to face is an invaluable
But once you know which type of camper you want, online sites
can be extremely helpful. If you’re set on a converted DIY
Sprinter or school bus, for example, no RV show is going to help
you much. Likewise, the used camper market is best perused from the
comfort of your couch before you arrange an in-person visit with
the top candidates.
For this guide, we’ve chosen to only include companies that
don’t have a physical location. This means that RV dealers like
Camping World, PPL Motor Homes, and MHSRV have not been included in this
list. We’re also assuming you already know about Craigslist and
your local newspaper, so those are off, too.
Here are five other options that range from well-known websites
to new, under-the-radar companies. If you’re looking to buy a
camper, here’s where to start.
One of the largest sites online, RV Trader offers new and used
RVs for sale by owner and by dealers. Over 200,000 campers are
listed, and you can filter by RV Class type, make and model,
keywords, and proximity to particular zip codes.
Nearly half of the listings on RV Trader are travel trailers,
followed by a plethora of fifth wheels, toy haulers, and Class A
and C RVs. This means that if you’re looking for a Class B van or
unique build, you might come up empty. But if you’re on the hunt
for a used RV from a major manufacturer, RV Trader can prove
Class A and C RVs get a lot of love on other sites, it can be
hard to find used Class B conversions or converted
school buses, ambulances, or transit buses. Conversion Trader lets users
filter by type of camper design, whether or not a vehicle is new or
used, and proximity to your location.
The new and growing site doesn’t have as many listings as the
older websites, but it does offer for sale by owner listings like a
renovated Airstream, used Mercedes Sprinter vans, and converted toy
haulers. Some van conversion companies are also listing their
builds on the site. Like other listing platforms, potential camper
owners can email sellers to get more information, and it’s easy
to see new listings thanks to a live feed on the Conversion Trader
This new to the market website launched in 2015 as a sister site
of PopYachts.com. As an RV
broker, Pop RVs meets RV sellers to take photos and video of their
rigs, builds an online advertisement, and responds to all inquires
from potential buyers. They also post their RVs to other sites
online (including some listed here), so you might see overlaps.
If you’re looking to buy an RV, the PopRV site is helpfully
broken down by price, type, and major manufacturer. The listing
information is comprehensive and we love that each camper for sale
has over 100 photos from every angle. Pop RVs can also assist
buyers and sellers in negotiations, meet on location for showings
and inspections, and help with state registration and
This leading website for online RV classifieds has been listing
campers for sale since 1997. RVT.com
connects private sellers and potential buyers in one space, but it
also serves as a place for over 850 RV dealers to sell their RVs
and advertise their companies. In your search you can filter by RV
type, keyword, price, and distance from your location. In the
advanced search bar, you can also search by length, weight, fuel
type, and how many slides the camper might have.
Like RV Trader, almost half of the listings on this site are
travel trailers, followed by a large number of fifth wheels. If
you’re looking for more unique campers or custom builds, they
won’t necessarily be listed on this site.
Still think Facebook is just for sharing family photos? Think
again. A huge number of Facebook groups have been created to buy
and sell campers. There are groups focused on RVs less than
$5,000, some that sell Class B camper
vans, and others just for selling travel
trailers. If you’re looking for a specific type of camper,
find a group that matches and watch the posts roll in.
Source: FS – All – Architecture 10
RVs for sale: Where to buy a camper online