RV Wholesalers: What They Are, and How They Can Help You Get Great Used RV Prices


RV wholesalers might be the answer to your prayers.

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If you have been looking everywhere for the RV you want, and not finding it, you might be getting despondent.

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In fact, if you have been visiting RV auctions, popping into Airstream dealers and spending time on classified sites, you might think that your dream RV is nowhere to be found.

What you should be doing is looking for wholesalers. In this article, we look at what recreational vehicle wholesalers are, what they do, and why they are your very best friend when you are looking for your dream recreational vehicle.

What Are RV Wholesalers?

Forget small-scale Airstream dealers! When it comes to vast choices in RV buying, wholesalers are where you should be putting your attention.

Think of wholesaler RV dealers as the superstores of the RV world.

Often, they will sell new and used vehicles (and possibly even a few repossessed RVs at bargain basement prices.) They will also carry a huge variety of makes and models, and usually stock travel trailers, fifth wheels, toy haulers, hybrid campers, park models, and motor homes

Wholesalers usually buy direct from manufacturers, and usually in large quantities, so they get big discounts, which they pass onto their customers in terms of savings.

Imagine if Wal-Mart sold RVs, and you have the idea of wholesaler RV dealers in a nutshell – a one-stop shop where you can buy everything RV related in one place, at great prices.

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What Else Do Wholesalers Offer?

RV wholesalers are specialists, who only sell recreational vehicles, and they usually offer plenty in terms of brand and product knowledge, technical and other advice, and more.

Some also offer an in-house RV financing option, which makes it very easy to buy your dream RV from a wholesaler. They might have a repair shop too, or sell RV parts and accessories aside from their main RV dealing business.

Others spend their time at RV auctions, picking up repossessed RVs at budget friendly prices, and selling them to their customers at huge discounts.

In short, if you love RVs, when you visit a wholesaler, you are likely to be a bit like a kid in a candy store!

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Where to Find RV Wholesalers

If you are in just about any big city in the US or Canada, chances are there are at least one or two wholesalers in your area.

The internet is a good place to start looking for a wholesale RV dealer. Use the search box below to get started.

You should find that several options come up. Some may be local, others national, while others may even be an e-commerce version of the wholesale concept.

Take some time to browse the various options, and see what is on offer. Look at pricing, financing options, customer testimonials and other information. If you find a wholesaler that is local, it is also a good idea to pay their showroom or lot a visit.

Repossessed RVs are another way to find the RV wholesalers on their A game. Shop around for the best deal for you

Dealing with RV Wholesalers

Because most wholesalers have relationships with all the big brand names, as well as inside information on repossessed RVs and RV auctions, dealing with them is different to walking into Airstream dealers and looking at the available options.

When you deal with wholesalers, you tell them what you want – rather than choosing from the available options.

If you have a particular price range, then you can work on that. If you prefer a particular brand, you can tell them, and they will order accordingly. In fact, just about any preference you have from make and model to color is within the realm of possibility when you work with an RV wholesaler.

That is why it is important to know before you stop by what you are looking for. Whether you already have all the specifics worked out, or whether you’re just looking for options that fit the bill, have a list of your requirements when you visit a wholesaler, and stick to them.

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What is Better – RV Wholesalers or RV Auctions?

The question of what is better – wholesalers or auctions – is a misleading one, because they are two very different things.

RV wholesalers are for people who want a very specific type of RV, and who are probably looking for a new RV. In some cases, they may also be looking for a used RV that they cannot find elsewhere, and they use the RV wholesaler to source the vehicle they way.

RV auctions, on the other hand, are for people who are looking for a fantastic deal on a repossessed RV, and who are not too particular about make, model and other specifications. It is usually more of a case of taking what you can get, than making specific requests.

If you do not know yet which category you fall into, then it might be an idea to consider both RV auctions and RV wholesalers, and deciding later on, based on who can give you the best deal on the most suitable vehicle.

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Take Your Time

A final word on wholesaler RV dealers – they can be overwhelming.

When you first visit an RV wholesaler, being bombarded with so many options can be slightly overwhelming. You may find yourself being talked into deals you would not ordinarily consider, or being unable to choose between all the many options.

It is a good idea to take your time, mull over any offers you are made, sleep on them, and consider all your options.

Always remember that buying an RV is a big investment, and that you are probably going to be using it for many years to come. Take the time to make sure that you will still be happy with the decision you are making in five, ten or fifteen years.

RV buying, even when you are buying at a discount from RV wholesalers or RV auctions should never be an impulse buy. Make sure you know what you want, and why, and do not get talked out of it.

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