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Kruse International is best-known for auctioning antique, classic and exotic cars such as Duesenbergs and Ferraris. So the Auburn, Ind.-based company’s first RV auction Oct. 3-4 was a departure, according to Stephanny Smith, vice president.
However, the first RV auction at the company’s grounds in northeast Indiana was so successful that it will be an annual event and next year’s auction will be extended to three days, she said.
“This was a really strong inaugural event, it definitely laid the groundwork for successful events in the years to come,” Smith said. “We managed to appeal to the general public, dealers and manufacturers and bring all those groups together at one event.
“Our goal is to build on the success of this year’s event and expand next year’s to three days with an additional day devoted to the auction,” she added.
Nearly 100 RVs were auctioned during this year’s event. On Oct. 3, attendees were allowed to look over the units that were auctioned the next day.
Individuals, RV dealerships and manufacturers all were invited to consign new and/or pre-owned units for sale during the auction.
The highest priced unit sold during the auction was a model year 2000 Marathon H-345 conversion of a Prevost bus for $540,600, Smith reported.
Among the other units selling for big prices were: a 2000 Beaver Patriot 425 for $198,750; a 2002 Monaco Windsor for $179,140; a 1998 Monaco Signature for $177,550 and a 2003 Gulfstream Friendship 40-footer for $150,520.