What’s the Best Way to Calculate my Camper Blue Book Value?

If you’re looking to calculate your camper blue book follow these 5 steps.  You’ll want to have a spiral notebook handy to keep everything all neat and in one place.

  1. First step, document the manufacturer, model, and year of your camper, caravan, or trailer.  You are going to be comparing your camper to others that have recently sold to determine the camper blue book.  It’s one thing to look at new units on the lot, but the critical information is gathered by looking at what the current market will bear.
  2. Second step, inspect your camper.  Whether you are buying or selling a camper you will be taking a thorough inventory of the camper, noting the overall condition and if the camper has any damage or additions.  When you calculate the blue book for campers, document the condition of the electrical system, plumbing, kitchen, bathroom, cabinets and storage, towing system, tires, jacks, lights, exterior and interior, floor, any canvas parts, steps, etc.  On your list mark the condition as poor, good or excellent.  This is not the time to think about emotional attachment.  What you love about the camper, and the fond memories you may have had, do not have a price tag associated.

  3. Third step, look on the Nada blue book site for camper values.  ( You can also check the nada blue book on rvs.)  Nada campers are excellent, unless you’re dealing with a considerably older model, in which case they are not covered.  Nada is a very straightforward website and we recommend you do take a look at their site, and there is no cost associated.
  4. Fourth step, you can check your library edition of KBB (Kelley Blue Book) to look up blue book for campers.  This isn’t as convenient as Nada, because it’s not online, but you can check with your reference librarian to see if they have KBB for used camper values, it’s handy.  You can subscribe to Kelley Blue Book but be sure to let them know if you’d like one issue only, or to receive them several times per year.  (You might only need one.)  The have several issues, so tell the phone rep what you’re trying to do to get the right one.
  5. Fifth step, you can check some online resources like eBay Motors for current listings, and if you have an eBay account (they’re free) you can look up completed listings to see what the camper blue book value for models similar to yours are.  This is also a handy resource for travel trailer blue book values.  Now that you have compiled data on similar camper blue book values, you should have a fair idea of the market for your particular model.  Make any necessary adjustments of camper value that pertain to your model.  For example, if you’ve found the camper blue book of your model and compared it to a model that is in better condition or worse condition, make the adjustments.  Same goes for travel trailer values.  There are several steps to take when you’re on the eBay site, and we have another post that takes you through each step.  You will need to have an account with eBay, which is free, to be able to complete the steps on the eBay site to establish an approximate value for your RV, camper, trailer, tent trailer, pop up camper trailer or folding camper.  If you’re interested in establishing your blue book value utilizing eBay’s free reference historical data, you can check Camper Values on eBay.

We’ve received a few comments for help with specific trailers and campers, so we’ll walk through the steps with a couple of models, so you can see the process. Please take a look at the comments and you’ll see the responses given.