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Old 07-03-2009, 10:41 AM   #15
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I would only add that you should not take anything for granted that you can just fix or replace it later. Some items like the frig can cost thousands to replace, the trans., electrical gen., water system and structural damages are other high cost items. You may save a few $ on the purchase, but don't fool yourself, the real cost will be more than you think. I can attest to this personally.

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Did you mention any specific coaches or prices? I don't see any in this thread...
see my post right above yours, 2004 national seabreeze, 2004 winnebago sightseer.....faye

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Old 07-04-2009, 08:25 AM   #17
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You didn't mention the year until now and still haven't told us the length, # of slides or other features that would affect the price. If you have that data, you can look them up in the NADA RV Price guide at New Car Prices, Used Car Values, New Car Reviews & Car Buying Guides - NADAguides.com Official Site
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Old 07-07-2009, 10:42 AM   #18
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From my own experience, I would not be afraid of purchasing a used motorhome...let someone else take the depreciation. I have never bought a new one and am on my fifth used one. Our current Monaco was five years old and had 17,000 miles on it when we made it ours. Just follow the great suggestions and check it out for serious problems.

If you like the floor plan, and are comfortable with the amount of storage, you are on well on your way to being happy with your purchase.

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I have bought used (2) and new (the latest). Make sure you know what you're getting into. Sometimes the repairs can cost more than the payment!
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Old 07-08-2009, 08:49 PM   #20
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I would check tire dates if the unit is 8 years old the tires should have been replaced. Shocks also wear out. I mention those two items because they were the first things I needed to replace. Two grand almost spent! Our first MH was 6 years old, with original shocks and tires.
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Old 07-16-2009, 12:08 PM   #21
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Two things come to mind if you are looking at used Mh.
!- Is the unit a personal motorhome or has it spent its first years as a RENTAL? It may not seem like a big deal but a person that uses a rental is more apt to have misused or handled the unit and it could have had many repairs. Speaking from a bad time I purchased a rental unit that had a damaged drivetrain and the coach had a slight vibration. It caused the wireing to become loose and shorted out and caused a fire, not a good thing in the middle of a vacation.

2nd- On another personal note. If you are considering any National product, speak with an independent loan specialist, not the dealer concerning the price of the coach. Lenders are rating National products as a wholesale loan only, my 2007 dropped out the bottom since the BK and when I spoke with a lender the other day they gave me a quote of 57k for a 2007 National Seabreeze 1350 with less than 12,ooo miles.

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