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Old 10-26-2010, 11:37 AM   #1
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Question seasonal used prices

Hi, Looking for experience from those that have bought used MH's in mid winter. My hypothesis is that mid winter is the better time to buy a used MH.
What has been your experience or what does your research show?
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Old 10-27-2010, 01:16 PM   #2
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I can't say I've done any research, but I bought my first coach used in February and my second coach new in December and got what I consider to be very good deals on both of them.

I think conventional thinking is that many folks seek to unload their MH in the fall, at the "end of the season" and that can drive down used prices, but there is also a demand from the Snowbirds who want to pick up a "new to them" coach in the fall to bring down south for the winter. So, who knows?
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Old 10-27-2010, 02:59 PM   #3
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Bought ours in Nov with a price 25K below bluebook. You must also consider that we bought it in 08, the market was at about its worse economical condition it had ever seen at that point. The market did drop even more after that & by some reports the RV industry is on an upswing, so if you believe that then waiting for mid winter this year may not result in the best price compared to today. It is all a gamble.
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Yes who knows and yes it is a gamble. Sounds like you two have done well in the off season. We are looking and getting a feel for prices and which MH we might want. Thanks for the input
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Old 10-29-2010, 04:40 AM   #5
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Here is a link to one source of info on buying your next RV & on current economics in the RV industry. I have not bought thier books, but I do receive thier emails about once a month. Very informative.
http://www.jrconsumer.com/
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Old 10-29-2010, 04:58 AM   #6
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It is not unusual for high sales in our area (Arizona desert) during the winter. We have year-round use of an RV here, but the winters are the most comfortable when speaking of the weather. Thousands of "snowbirds" descend upon the southwest in the winter because of the weather. A service rep at a local Winnebago/Itasca dealership told me that they have trouble not laying someone off in the summer, but their winter business more than makes up for it. So...in this part of the country the prime time to sell an RV is in the winter. BUT that may mean that the prices are up in the winter because of the demand. If you are in a part of the country where it gets very cold and snows then I would think the prices would have to be lower.
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I believe that winter is a good time to buy. If you have the option, traveling through Florida might reveal some good buys. Snowbirds sometimes have stranded RVs because they are unable to drive them for health reasons.
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I bought my coach exactly a year ago. I started really test driving and getting ready to buy as soon as the "season" ended. Which IMHO means you start looking after labor day. I think the right around Feb the wanderlust and travel fever juices start to flow and send prices climbing in Spring. So if you want a motor home for next season, DON'T delay and get busy test driving. Also, my guess is that the RV industry is starting to pick up significantly and that will soak up excess used coaches.
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Hi Cary. Just purchased our 1st class A 2 weeks ago from a private seller. It's a 2000 model with onlt 29,500 miles and the owner had over $10,000 in receipts for upgrades over the past 2 years. Buy offering cash we were able to agree upon a price almost 25% below NADA average prices. Deal are out there, but we traveled almost 700 miles to test drive our new coach. Good luck and happy hunting!
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