Sales of used RVs between private parties apparently are occurring on Internet auction site eBay Motors (www.ebaymotors.com).
Hundreds of RV dealers currently display their new and used inventory on their own Web sites and thousands of potential RV buyers reach dealers’ sites through “web portals” such as the RVSEARCH.com subsidiary of Affinity Group Holding Inc., publisher of RV Business and RVBUSINESS.COM. However, those Web sites are “research and referral” sites where potential buyers gather valuable information about RVs and learn how to contact the dealer inventorying the unit they want.
eBay Motors, on the other hand, conducts auctions of used RVs posted on the Web site by their owners. The seller also sets the rules for completing the transaction.
For example, a woman from Oregon has her 34-foot model year 2000 Fleetwood Bounder gas engine Class A available for bid on eBay Motors through Sunday (May 20).
The bidding started at $40,000 on May 11, and as of 11:30 a.m. Central Time today (May 18), the high bid was $54,600.
Eleven bids had been submitted. Anyone wanting to bypass the bidding process could do so by agreeing to pay $71,500.
Sellers using eBay Motors can set minimum acceptable prices and have the right to reject all bids if the minimum is not met.
In the case of the 34-foot Bounder, the highest bidder must have a bank wire-transfer 10% of the winning bid total to the seller within three days after the close the auction.
Also up for auction on eBay Motors is the 2001 Fleetwood Tioga Arrow Class C motorhome that was used for the taping of the 2001 version of the MTV reality-based series “Road Rules.”
The Class C is owned by Road Rules Productions, producers of the cable TV series, and it is nicknamed “El Toro.”
Six young people traveled Europe in the 29-foot Tioga and their experiences were captured on tape for the MTV audience.
Bidding for El Toro started on May 15 and it will continue through May 25. The Ford chassis-mounted unit has “fewer than 9,000 miles” on it.
So far, 19 bids have been submitted. Bids started at $5,000 and the highest bid as of 11:30 a.m. Central Time today (May 18) was $20,101.