Auction volume rises, but values are varied

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LAUREL, Md. — The volume of RVs sold at auctions in January was up over the previous month, but the values reported from the sales of motorhomes and towables were mixed, Black Book reported today.

“Even though many areas of the country have been on the receiving end of a few bad late winter snowstorms recently, spring really is right around the corner, and shoppers will soon be heading into the dealerships,” said Eric Lawrence, Black Book director of specialty products.

“Auction volume was up across the board, as dealers have begun to stock up their lots to take advantage of the influx of buyers,” he explained. “Motorized values dropped a bit at auction last month, but towables of all types have looked strong for several months.”

The average selling price for motorized units was $40,158, which is down $3,277 (7.5%) from the previous month. Towables came in at $13,035, up $163 (1.2%) from last month.

One year ago, the average motorhome sold for $45,705 and the average towable unit brought $13,301.

Auction volume was up significantly, rising 28% for motorized and 24% for towables.

The average ago of all units was eight and a half years old in model year 2011.

SOURCE: Black Book press release

Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber

A journalist who has covered the recreation vehicle industry since January 2000, Greg Gerber founded RV Daily Report on April Fool's Day in 2009. He also serves as the editor of the publication and website. As an Eagle Scout, he has enjoyed camping for decades and has visited every state except Hawaii. A DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three young women, he has two grandchildren as well. He currently splits his time between Wisconsin, Texas and Arizona. Greg can be reached at

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