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Old 02-12-2014, 07:30 AM   #1
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RV Shows - How do you deal with seeing updates to your coach model at the RV show?

I just went to the Detroit RV this past weekend in Novi, MI. General RV had a 2014 Coachmen Mirada 35LS on the floor. I have a 2013 Coachmen Mirada 35DL which is basically the same coach. They have improved almost all of the things I do not like with my coach like making the fireplace standard, fixing the furnace ducting in the guest bath, changed the way the tv mounts in the bedroom to allow usage of the space behind the tv, additional cabinets in the driving area, DVD player dedicated to external tv, swing away external doors, improved split door engine access, standard full body paint, improved larger refrigerator, change to stainless fridge and microwave, recessed stove mounting, a much larger and accessible shower, and using tile backsplash versus mirror behind the stove. These updates almost had me opening the checkbook as they take a very good coach and make it much better for about what I paid for mine. I spent quite some time with the Coachmen rep who went over all the changes with me as well as explained how they decided to make the changes based on feedback from customers like me.

How do you handle it when I you see incremental or sometimes even exponential improvements to the same coach you just bought the year before? Do you kick yourself for not waiting a year? Try to make the same improvements yourself? Eat the depreciation loss and buy the new one? Hope you never see the new one on the road or in a park?

I just checked and my local General RV dealer has the same unit I saw at the show. Help talk me off the ledge here as I don't want to do something stupid!

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Old 02-12-2014, 07:44 AM   #2
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Its the lifestyle that's important. The rv is just the tool to get there. If your still working, spending more might make you work longer. Time, now that's important.

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Old 02-12-2014, 07:47 AM   #3
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We are new to fulltiming and our rig. We bought used and really love our unit. It really doesn't matter what you buy, there will always be new items, improvements on next's years model. If not, what would be the draw to buy new again.

My suggestion is just have fun with your unit and enjoy. If there is something that really bothers you, then take it in to update/fix.

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Old 02-12-2014, 07:56 AM   #4
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I think you should trade, just let us know where you trade it soi can get a great deal on a like-new coach.;-) ;-) ;-) ;-)
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Old 02-12-2014, 08:11 AM   #5
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I take a look at the "updates" and then I take a look at the "UPDATED" price. I then feel a lot better. Example my Phaeton received several updates from 2013 to 2014. Tiffin also updated the price over $29,000.
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If you trade it then never go to an RV show again, because the 2015's, wow are they special.
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May be the truest thing about going to an RV show...you see what it is going to cost you to satisfy 1) the things you did't like about you're RV after you bought it, and 2) how much it is going to cost to scratch the itch
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I learned long ago not to browse new car lots, go to boat shows and if I broke down and went, to leave all titles and checkbook at home. Nothing good could possibly happen by looking at next years model.
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Love going to the RV Shows. Hubby looks at what he can update himself. You don't have to trade, just Update!
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Love going to the RV Shows. Hubby looks at what he can update himself. You don't have to trade, just Update!
I am leaning that way as well. I just got this one broken in and all the bugs worked out.
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We're lucky the updates to our unit involve color changes and neither one of us like the new color schemes.
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Prior to our purchase of our new Tiffin Phaeton, Tiffin produced an overview of all odf the upgrades over the 2013. So glad we waited and ordered the 2014.
Having said that, some additions have already been included in the 2014 line such as, additional charging ports for laptops, cell phones, cameras, etc. I just bought the supplies and added them myself.
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I have a 2014 Entegra on order and the 2015 are already being built. There are a lot of items on the 2015 I would like to have had, but I liked the 2014 when I ordered it, so I will add some of the 2015 improvements and save the $10,000 price increase.

Your situation is a personal preference. If there are more improvements than you can add, but can't live without, it would be trade up time. However if you liked your coach when you bought it, it might still meet your needs.
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I am thankful I did not wait. I am positive in my final moments I will not think "I wish I would have waited for updates on my my motorhome."

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