The best time to buy an RV from a dealer and an owner is during the off season. Private owners know that they are going to have to winterize it and store it. Rather than the hassle of winterizing and dewinterizing it, and having to pay to store the RV or trailer in the off-season, they may just try to sell it quickly for whatever they can get for it.
Dealers know that they will do a lot better if they can increase their cashflow in their off season and unload some of their excess inventory. Reducing his inventory allows him to trim his interest expense for the next 5 to 6 months.
The absolute best time to buy an RV from a dealer is about two weeks after it gets cold and their buyer traffic has greatly slowed down. On the 1st day of snow, you could go into a large dealership and be the only one their. Another get time to buy from a dealer may be at an RV show or during a dealer lot promotion. RV sales people are geared to sell as much as they can and you may just walk away with a steal.
The worst time to buy a new or a used RV is right before you are ready to leave on an RV trip. You are more anxious to buy then they are to sell. If you tell them that you are planning on going to Disneyland next week and you need it for the trip, they may decide the you are an over anxious buyer and try to get as much as they can for the sale. It’s usually better not to say anything so as to not sound anxious.