Auction company Kruse International has scheduled the first of what it believes will be an annual auction of luxury motorcoaches and other RVs.
The company, which is best known as the auctioneer of classic and antique automobiles, has scheduled its first Motor Coach & RV Show & Auction for Oct. 4 at the Kruse Auction Park in Auburn, Ind.
Individuals, RV dealerships and manufacturers all are welcome to consign new and/or used units for sale during the auction, said Stephanny Hartzell, spokeswoman for the company.
Dealers and manufacturers also can exhibit their units during the rally, but sales can only be conducted via the auction, Hartzell said.
The auction park in northeast Indiana, near Fort Wayne, will open on Oct. 3 and close during the evening of Oct. 5, she added. The camping fee has not been set yet, although the fee will be waived for those registering to be bidders or consigning units for sale.
Kruse International was owned by online auction company eBay for four years, until the Kruse family repurchased the firm last December. However, Kruse International and eBay maintained a relationship and it will be possible to bid online for the RVs being auctioned at Auburn on Oct. 4 through www.eBay.com. Because of eBay’s new technology, people bidding at home will be only one-half second behind those bidding at Auburn, Hartzell said.
“So much of the camper and RV lifestyle is centered around social gatherings like rallies, so it just made sense to combine the auction and the rally,” said Dean Kruse, founder and CEO of Kruse International. “If you’re looking to spend a little bit of money on a (folding) camper or a million dollars on a Prevost (bus conversion), we’ll have something for everyone.”
Kruse International anticipates selling 100 units during the auction Oct. 4, Hartzell said.
The company plans to hold its first few RV auctions and rallies at its facility in northeast Indiana. But Kruse International, which conducts 40 classic and antique car auctions at various locations around the country each year, may eventually hold its RV auction and rally at other places, Hartzell said.