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Old 05-17-2011, 04:25 PM   #29
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Just one example of one high mileage coach i would choose long before and pay up for a low mileage 'more economical' model...: COUNTRY COACH AFFINITY DETROIT DIESEL 350HP HEIRLOOM 40 | eBay
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Old 05-17-2011, 06:11 PM   #30
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I imagine that effect is blind to quality: a five-year-old rig that has been lived in and not driven is often not up to par with one that has been driven regularly, received meticulous maintenance.
I completely agree with that; when I see an 8 year old coach with 40 hours on the generator I get pretty nervous, for example.

That said, I don't think it's quite a linear relationship; that is to say, there are fewer issues in general with low-use coaches that haven't gotten the proper TLC than there are with high use coaches that haven't gotten the right amount of TLC.

I also don't really buy into the high/low end coach with one being better than the other. Most "lower end" coaches cost less because they do use less fancy materials (but no less durable in most cases), and are not customized (meaning that the manufacturer can build them on an assembly line and keep labor down to a minimum).

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Old 05-17-2011, 09:33 PM   #31
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Just one example of one high mileage coach i would choose long before and pay up for a low mileage 'more economical' model...: COUNTRY COACH AFFINITY DETROIT DIESEL 350HP HEIRLOOM 40 | eBay


Yeah, it looks good for a 20 year old coach. Except for the hideous upholstery, cracked leather, ancient appliances and peeling clear coat. Shouldn't take more than $20k or so to make this a nice ancient coach. Unfortunately, it still won't have any slides and the rest of the thing will still be 20 years old.

No one's saying it wasn't top dog in its day, but its day has come and gone for most folks. Probably a decent coach for $20k.

If you want old, buy old. I would have zero interest in a clunky old Bluebird. Not interested in the old school bus style, no matter how industrial strength it is... Most buyers will buy the newest, best coach they can.
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Yeah, it looks good for a 20 year old coach. Except for the hideous upholstery, cracked leather, ancient appliances and peeling clear coat. Shouldn't take more than $20k or so to make this a nice ancient coach. Unfortunately, it still won't have any slides and the rest of the thing will still be 20 years old.

No one's saying it wasn't top dog in its day, but its day has come and gone for most folks. Probably a decent coach for $20k.

If you want old, buy old. I would have zero interest in a clunky old Bluebird. Not interested in the old school bus style, no matter how industrial strength it is... Most buyers will buy the newest, best coach they can.
The problem is, define "best coach"? Which is best, a 1998 Country Coach Concept or a 2006 Bounder?

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My Foretravel is an 1989 with 67,000 miles on it and yet everything still works and fits perfectly. The bathroom door, for example, closes quietly and smoothly, as if it was just installed yesterday. Installation quality, design forethought, and quality materials tend to last longer than poor workmanship, poor materials, and poor design.
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All these posts make it clear, when buying a used MH, you should buy a high line coach such as a Country Coach Affinity or Magna, Beaver Marquis, Monaco Signature or Dynasty, Foretravel U 320 and etc. This level of quality will give you 100,000 miles are more with little or no repairs.

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Buying a Caddy new will cost you a lot more than a VW Bettle but once it is in the hands of the end user it's value will be determined by how that person maintains it. I have known people to buy their cars and never bother to change the oil, just add a qt when it gets low. A high end coach requires Maint as does the class C! It just costs more when you do!
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Buying a Caddy new will cost you a lot more than a VW Bettle but once it is in the hands of the end user it's value will be determined by how that person maintains it. I have known people to buy their cars and never bother to change the oil, just add a qt when it gets low. A high end coach requires Maint as does the class C! It just costs more when you do!
I agree, but when comparing a Cadillac to a VW Beetle or high line coach to a lower priced one you must assume they are treated equally. That would be necessary to measure quality.

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