How to Determine Used Trailer Values

Finding information on used trailer values in itself is not that difficult. However, it can be a very tedious, time consuming exercise. To help you, Dan the Trailer Man has outlined the step by step process for getting used trailer values from the industry experts at Nada Guides. If you're short for time, and looking for travel trailer values, click here and ask Dan to do the work for you.
Always keep in mind that once the baseline price for a specific make, model and vintage is determined, the valuation should always be adjusted either up or down depending on the condition of the vehicle. For example, ask yourself questions like: Has there been any updates made to the vehicle? What options are included? Is it being sold as is? How much wear and tear has the vehicle sustained? Knowing the answers to these types of questions will allow to get a good read on the market value of a particular vehicle. The key is to try and get an "apples to apples" comparison...or as close to one as possible.

Used Trailer Values Step by Step Process

Whether you're buying or selling, follow these simple steps to get a valuation of your used trailer.  To help, we've provided screen shots following each step:

  1. Go to http://www.nadaguides.com/
  2. Click on "RVs" along the top menu
  1. Click on the yellow "Start Here" button
  2. Or you can also browse by RV type by selecting the appropriate type of vehicle just below the "Start Here" button
  1. You will be asked to type in your zip code.
  2. Type in your zip code and click continue
  3. If outside the United States, click the check box provided and click continue
  1. Locate the manufacturer of your vehicle on the list provided and click on the manufacturer name
  2. If the manufacturer is not listed, click on the drop down menu located under "Don't see your manufacturer?  Select from the full list:"
  3. Find the appropriate manufacturer and select it
  1. You will land on the specific manufacturer's page
  2. Select the year of your vehicle from the drop down menu
  3. (Optional) Click on the "All body styles" drop down menu to select the type of vehicle
  4. Alternatively, after selecting the year, you can scroll down and see all of the various body styles and models manufactured during that year
  5. Once you have located your year, body style and model number click on that specific model
  1. Once on the specific model page, you have the option to click Continue or;
  2. Scroll through the list of features and specifications provided and click each check box for the features your vehicle has included 
  3. (NOTE:  The more detailed and accurate you are with including these details, the more accurate your valuation will be)
  4. Once you have checked the boxes that apply to your trailer click Continue at the bottom of the page
  1. The next screen will provide three used trailer values of your vehicle.  In fact, you will usually be given three different values for that make and model (Suggested List Price, Low Retail, and Average Retail)

These values are explained in the fine print below the valuation, but for ease of reference here are the definitions of each value type as provided by nada.com:

Suggested List — The value listed reflects the approximate price of the unit when it is brand new. The prices listed are furnished by the  manufacturer and are assumed to be correct. The list price does not include freight charges. 

Low Retail Value — A low retail unit may have extensive wear and tear. Body parts may have dents and blemishes. The buyer can expect to invest in cosmetic and/or mechanical work. This vehicle should be in safe running order. Low retail vehicles usually are not found on dealer  lots. Low retail is not a trade-in value. 

Average Retail Value — An average retail vehicle should be clean and without glaring defects. Tires and glass should be in good condition. The paint should match and have a good finish. The interior should have wear in relation to the age of the vehicle. Carpet and seat upholstery should be clean, and all power options should work. The mileage should be within the acceptable range for the model year.

An Average Retail vehicle on a dealer lot may include a limited warranty or guarantee, and possibly a current safety and/or emission  inspection (where applicable). 

Note: Vehicles/Vessels in exceptional condition can be worth a significantly higher value than the Average Retail Price shown.

  1. Click on the sub menu headings to view other relevant data about your vehicle.
  2. Specifications
  1. Floor Plan
  1. Special Notes:  Provides any comments or information about that specific year's make and model
  1. Underneath the valuation you will notice a number of links and resources that you may find useful whether buying or selling a used trailer.

When trying to determine used trailer values, information is power. If it sounds like more work than you bargained for, why not let us do the research for you. If you're looking to get market values on travel trailers, campers, cargo trailers or horse trailers allow us to help you with your research. The information we gather will be used to create additional content for this site. If you have any questions feel free to contact us.


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