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Old 12-25-2012, 10:07 AM   #1
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Why do people trade or sell 1 or 2 year old motorhomes?

We are looking to upgrade our pressent motorhome and were wondering what the main reason is for people to trade in or sell a 1 or 2 year old coach. I know some people want the "newest and greatest", but how many trade to get out of a very problem coach. Even with full warranty sometimes there not worth all the problems, but how does the next buyer know what the history is? Thanks
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Old 12-25-2012, 10:13 AM   #2
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We are looking to upgrade our pressent motorhome and were wondering what the main reason is for people to trade in or sell a 1 or 2 year old coach. I know some people want the "newest and greatest", but how many trade to get out of a very problem coach. Even with full warranty sometimes there not worth all the problems, but how does the next buyer know what the history is? Thanks
I think perhaps you answered your own question.

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Old 12-25-2012, 10:17 AM   #3
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I think there are three main reasons people do that aside of the 2 reasons you cited.
1 Bought the wrong size to start with
2 Want a different floor plan then they got the first time.
3 Want a different interior color scheme.

I don't think you will ever truly know as these such honest salesman/ wheeler dealers aren't going to tell you this is a lemon please take it off our hands. If i were to look at something that new i would take the vin. # and ask for all records as well call the factory and ask for any warranty records on it. If they hold back, i would run from it. All jmho
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Old 12-25-2012, 10:24 AM   #4
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Personally, I wouldn't be worried that the rigs were for sale because they were perceived to be lemons. Many things go wrong with new coaches in the first year or so. Getting these things worked out is a part of the price of admission when buying a new coach. It could be that some see that as an indication that their new coach is a lemon... but I don't see it that way.

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Old 12-25-2012, 10:38 AM   #5
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Ricko is right. Just because something's needed fixed doesn't mean it's automatically a lemon. I would look at what needed fixing, and the amount of fixing that needed done. If legit. things they should be willing to go over those list with no hesitation. Once you have that information come on here and ask other owners their perspectives. Wealth of information here from great helpful people.
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Old 12-25-2012, 10:52 AM   #6
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Last winter a fellow bought a brand new rig, his new wife spent a week in it and hated it, so he returned it and bought a park model.

You can debate forever if he should have returned the wife; on subject however there is a used MH perfectly good for sale.

As with any purchase due diligence is the by word always.
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Old 12-25-2012, 11:01 AM   #7
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Some additional reasons for people trading in/selling a 1-2 year old motor home may include:

1) Can't afford it.
2) Just don't like RVing.
3) One of the spouses died and the survivor doesn't want to go solo.
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We sold our new MH after 1 year because we decided to go full time and it did not have enough storage space, although it was fine for the week and weekend long trips we did in the first year.
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Old 12-25-2012, 12:17 PM   #9
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Some people buy for their business and count it as so on their taxes. In other words the MH may never be in their personal name. If they go bankrupt it is easy to unload the MH.
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I'll add to Mike Breeze's list of 3 reasons by adding the opposite of "can't afford it". As I get older, I'm astonished how much money some people have....and as a result, they can be flexible and can bail on an expensive rig that isn't "just right" for them. My example is that I regret that I didn't get the bath-and-a-half floor plan, but I'm not in a position to take the HUGE hit of $$ depreciation that this lifestyle brings with it.
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All the above is legit reasons. deSanford
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I had a similar question when we bought this one and dumped the 3 yr old country coach POS. I looked at the big coach owners book and called the cell phone listed in the book and talked to the previous owner and he gave me all the info I could have asked for and invited me over to look at his new rig. We were both happy even if I had to get rid of nort cold and put in early samsung and we still love it.

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Because they want to and can.
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Some people just want to upgrade . Do not read to much into it do your due diligence before you buy and make sure your satisfied with the out come . Good luck and happy trails .
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