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Old 02-09-2010, 02:35 PM   #1
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New or Used. That is the question.

We have sold our house, all our worldly possessions, quit my job and finally retiring. We have a 2008 38' Bay, but want to get into something a little larger if we are going to be full timers. We are looking at the 42QBH Phaeton. I've found three leftover 2009's, a leftover 2008 if you can believe it and a used 2009 with 4000 miles on it. I got a price on a 2010, but just from the dealer where I bought my Bay. It was $20,000 more than the leftover '09's. I saw a post earlier of someone who apparently has solicited bids for a new Bus and he was getting better discounts on that than I am finding on leftovers. Is that typical because it's a Bus or should I perhaps solicit bids for a 2010 Phaeton? And, if so, do I simply find a salesman at several dealers and send him a build sheet with what I want?
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Old 02-09-2010, 04:51 PM   #2
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I think you are better off with used. Someone has already fixed the new RV bugs. If it meets your needs get it. When you pull a new RV off the lot you are already loosing money.
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I agree with 'used'. The depreciation on a new coach is really big when you drive it off the lot.
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I wouldn't own a new one. It takes too much effort to get it working right. They a really just a big kit. You buy it new and now have to put it in proper workin order.
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Go with used. Only caution, you need to take it to someone that knows a lot about RV MH and is not biased to go over it thoroughly. You never know if someone traded it back in because they did something to it or something went wrong and they didn't want the expense or hasel of fixing it.

See if you can get a warranty from the dealer (not and extended warranty) and then take it on a long trip that will exercise every option on it. So, that means not buying it until you are ready to go.
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Also buy an extended warranty from Good Sam. It's worth it's weight in gold. For example, If the trans goes out it's $250. for the deductable. While your at it get their roadside assistance. It covers towing, tire repair etc.
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Old 02-16-2010, 03:24 PM   #7
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All of the left overs will still have the one year new coach waranty. Look on rvonline.com to compare prices, even if they are new they should not sell for much more than a comparable used one. Asking for 35% off on a left over 09 is not out of order.
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