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Old 04-03-2015, 08:09 PM   #15
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Don't forget to add in the depreciation of your unit for the next four years while it is parked.

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Old 04-03-2015, 08:18 PM   #16
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Is this the one you want? Have you done the due diligence on it? Does it have the floor plan you want? Does if fit your lifestyle? Do you want to go through the search again?

Four years will pass very quickly.

Any days you use it between now and then will be bonus days.

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Old 04-03-2015, 08:39 PM   #17
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Good point about taking other non-RV vacations. That could fill in the blanks while working these last few years.

We did a beach house with the in laws last year and it about killed me.

We had a great time, but I kept thinking about our awesome MH sitting at home. We love RVing at ocean front CGs.

Also, I got re-introduced to the pack mule role.

You know, luggage up the stairs, groceries up the stairs, beach gear down the stairs, more groceries up the stairs, garbage down the stairs, repeat...
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Old 04-03-2015, 08:42 PM   #18
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JMHO my friend. Money ain't health! You could go south at any moment meaning a change in your health or job status. Life is extremely short and we tend to think four years is a long time or in a bad case scenario very short. While you can, get in your debt free Motorhome and enjoy the journey. Please.
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Old 04-03-2015, 08:43 PM   #19
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OK, I know I'll get several opinions on this, but I was wondering what the general consensus is.

I currently have 2003 DSDP with 30K miles and it is in great shape. When I bought it just over a year ago the idea was that I would soon be retiring and we would become snowbirds in the MH. That's why I upgraded from my previous MHs to a 40 footer.

Well plans change and it seems I might be working for another 4 years and only be able to use the MH occasionally for a couple of weeks per year.

So here's the question -
Should I keep the MH (its paid for) and when I retire I have a 16/17 year old MH which would have sat most of the time (and would continue to depreciate probably another $20-25K). I'm also worried that it would require more maintenance due to its age when I am ready to retire.

or -

Sell it now and put the money aside so I can purchase a newer MH in 4 years?

My DW thinks I'm crazy to even be thinking this and believes it's a plot so I can by a SuperC Dynamax down the road

Thanks for any ideas.

If you work in a few weekend trips a year in addition to what I highlited in your post above, you are describing normal usage for a large segment of RV'ers that are not yet retired. Becomes a question of how much you enjoy having a MH and the opportunity to use it vs not having one available. I'd like to have a few minutes of their time with anyone that can predict what will happen in 4 years!
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Old 04-03-2015, 08:45 PM   #20
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We ordered our 2000 DSDP to retire in, then we found we wanted a different floor plan and bigger engine so we ordered the '02, still planning to retire to it. The week my DW put her paperwork in ('08) her daughter died and we ended up with two grandkids to raise.
Now we still have one of the grandkids (now 15) ans just traded the DSDP for a used '09 Magna. Still at least 3 years from going full time and the DW has been off work for three years and on long term disability now.
Guess what I'm trying to say is that any plans you make now can and will change in the future!
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Old 04-03-2015, 08:51 PM   #21
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I would think even if you managed one 3 day weekend a month, that would be more than a few weeks....unless you are looking for an excuse to get something else? In that case...just do it! Why not do some short weekend trips with it first, and see if you truly enjoy this rig or not...then dump it if you are not happy! Sometimes everything in life cannot be a financially quantified, some things just make you happy for no reason at all!!

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Old 04-03-2015, 08:53 PM   #22
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when I was hang'n drywall for a liv'n we took the motorhome out almost every weekend,,don't see where you have to be retired to use it...

we stil use the motorhome most every weekend

the only time it sat was when we had the vacation house...
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Old 04-03-2015, 11:12 PM   #23
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Your need may change, diesel prices will continue to yoyo. Your next Rv may be a smaller Mercedes Benz based unit. The MBS units are looking better all the time.

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Old 04-04-2015, 05:28 AM   #24
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If you like it, I'd keep it. If you use it a few times a year that should be plenty to keep things in good shape. And to me, changing motorhomes is like changing houses... you say "oh I'll just move right on in" but then you start tinkering with this and that to get it "just right" and pretty soon you've spent even more money.

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Old 04-04-2015, 06:45 AM   #25
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I think if I were making this call, it would be about several things. First, a MH that's just sitting unprotected outside is deteriorating quickly. It's very difficult to stay up on the maintenance of something like that knowing you aren't going to be using it. This very thing is absolutely responsible for killing otherwise solid MH's over and over again. How long did it take you to find one that had not been treated this way when shopping for this one?

If the MH could be stored indoors, or at least under cover/out of the sun, that changes things quite a bit, though things like tires don't get any younger. Still, plates, insurance, and inspections (if necessary) aren't free, making those things fairly expensive if you're only able to spread that expense out across a couple weeks of usage.

Bottom line, faced with the knowledge I wouldn't be using it for 4 years, I would probably sell it at fair market value. Asking the long dollar for something like this, unless you're just fishing for offers (which are going to be few and far between on a coach of this age unless very competitively priced), is just delaying the inevitable - with the MH deteriorating the whole time your messing around - possibly to the point you're forced into taking less than what you can get for it now.

Last, others are right in stating things can change. One of those possibilities is that 4 years from now, you may change your mind about owning a MH, for any one of hundreds of reasons. Without it, you would be free to take that option if that were the case, without being strapped with a decision made to hang on to a MH you weren't going to use years earlier... My thoughts anyway, FWIW.

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