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Old 09-28-2012, 07:58 PM   #1
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Buying used DP question

What are some of the advantages of buying a used DP (if any)
Cost,taxes,most bugs are fixed,some good mods may have been done by previous owner.
I am thinking of buying used and any ideas would help.
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Old 09-28-2012, 08:07 PM   #2
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My main reason is that I get a lot more for my money. I can buy a used, high end model instead of a new, low-mid range model. In addition, I believe I reduce the risk of substantial problems if I buy a late model used RV (I owned one new one that like to drove me nuts for the first year!). I don't necessarily save money on taxes since I spend the same amount I would have for a new one (this might differ in states with a personal property tax).
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when we were looking we went to a lot of shows and such. My wife was leaning toward sportcoach and Berkshire, and stretching into tuscany. they had floorplans she liked a lot.
Some searching found an 08 monaco knight for the same money as a new (2011) sportcoach, 10 times the quality, better engine, trans, chassis, better everything. We bought the monaco and have no regrets.
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agree with gary, it's all about getting the best bang for the buck. a diesel engine below than 100kmi has just passed break-in, and a well cared used coach could just be like a new. if doing it right, getting a used unit could save you huge - for my 12 year old, i spent $s equivalent to about 20% of the out-of-door price when new (not considering inflation, just "dollar to dollar").

from another angle to see this, you may be taking a risk to get a used, namely no warranty if too old like mine. but if you are familiar with diesel engines, and like the floor plan, you should be good to go (make sure to do a PPI).
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The less you figure you need factory warranty, the more work you are able/willing to do on it yourself, the more sense used brings much more bang for the buck.
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Old 09-29-2012, 10:40 AM   #6
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Thanks guys for all the info I will make it a point to not let a good used DP go buy without being looked at.
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Old 09-29-2012, 10:56 AM   #7
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For us we went from a class C we bought new to a DP we planned to use 6 months a year. That meant a fairly large and full of amenities rig. No way did we want to be strangled with a payment then as we were looking at (and did) retirement. As said diesels can go lots of miles and ours was pretty low. They have a lot of power and the noise is way behind you as you drive.

If you are worried about catastrophic failure what we did was bite the bullet and buy an extended warranty for the first year. Did use if for the fridge but no engine problems. It was nice peace of mind. We also bought from a dealer that took care of all the little problems it had when we first picked it up.
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While at a manufacture's in plant tour a few years ago, we actually had the tour guide say, it was best to purchase a coach about 18 months old if you don't want to deal with the many problems a new unit would likely have. As he said these are extremely complex vehicles and it's difficult if not impossible to get everything right the first time. This tour was pre 2008 and I suspect the manufacturers that survived have tightneed up the quality control, but for me, buying used still makes sense.
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What are some of the advantages of buying a used DP (if any)
Cost,taxes,most bugs are fixed,some good mods may have been done by previous owner.
I am thinking of buying used and any ideas would help.
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Much bigger bang for the buck. Most maintained deisels have all the service records right on the computer. Just took ours in for routine maintenance, mechanic showed me the file on mine.
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Much bigger bang for the buck. Most maintained deisels have all the service records right on the computer. Just took ours in for routine maintenance, mechanic showed me the file on mine.
I think you bought a fine MH. My opinion may be bias though
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We bought new and if I had it to do over again, I would buy a slightly used coach... for all the reasons the OP cites.

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1/3rd the new cost. Mine was 4 yrs old when we bought it with 25,000 mile. It looked like new and drove even better. I had a extend service contract for the first year as it was a bank repo and I had no serivice info. I now self insure as it runs great and evertything works. Brought it home and changed all the fluids and did a chasis lube. New tires in 2010.
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What are some of the advantages of buying a used DP (if any)
Cost,taxes,most bugs are fixed,some good mods may have been done by previous owner.
I am thinking of buying used and any ideas would help.
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