There are several advantages to buying an RV at auction. You can literally save thousands on the initial purchase. Dealers generally need to mark new RVs up 30 to 40% to cover their overhead. While it's not unheard of to buy a used RV below wholesale at auction. You are also less likely to end upside on the purchase, since the price is heavily discounted when you buy. And you may be able to avoid today's tight market for financing altogether.
Yes, you can find campers for sale at auction in very good condition You're buying someone's used vacation vehicle, or the inventory off a lot when a dealer left the business or went bankrupt. Financiers usually require quite good credit to buy an RV new. Chances are good that the unit you're buying was well looked after. You may even be able to get a used RV for sale still under the manufacturer's warranty.
So, how do you find the best auctions? RVs go on sale regularly as a result of government surpluses (like the FEMA campers for Hurricane Katrina), seized vehicles, and repos. The key is to find the auctions which are generally not well publicized. The key is to find out where and how often. There aren't a lot of ways to find the auctions.
* Keep an eye on your local classified ads, and Craigslist. You're looking for auctions sponsored by a government body. They'll usually show up as "Government Auctions", or "State Auctions", "Marshall's auctions" or something similar.
* Read the RV trades and press and look for announcements.
* Make a local dealer your friend. They may tell you where they find used campers or even look out for a specific model for you for a small fee.
* Join a site that announces public auctions.
A website is your most convenient option and the most reliable. They will collect all the information you need for a host of auctions in your area and around the country - times and places of sales, directions, and contact information if the auction is live. And they'll let you bid from your PC if the auction is online. Do your homework though, the few very good auction sites track thousands of auctions. They vary widely in the amount they charge you, the kinds of auctions they track, and how easy it is to find the auctions you want on their site.