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Old 04-01-2016, 08:47 AM   #15
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I bought my first 97 Holiday Rambler DP for $30K, and it was in almost perfect shape. However, that was years ago, so the value would probably be $22K or so now....

I would fix the electrical stuff and then trade the unit in. I wouldn't try to hide any problems, and the dealer most likely will wholesale it off...so he wont fret over the condition. He won't be sitting on it...he just needs to know the issues and then he can make the call about passing on condition to protect his reputation.

You could probably get more selling it yourself, but then you need to get it ready to sell and it sounds like you don't really enjoy that kind of work and your market is a pretty small customer base. Not sure it is worth your time or effort. Please don't take this wrong...I'm usually not willing to do the work myself either. I don't have the talent, and prefer to pay to have the work done right rather than screw it up by myself!

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Old 04-01-2016, 11:13 AM   #16
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I think "B52Guy" has the right idea. The coach just doesn't have the value, even if fixed, to command more money. Once they get to a certain age, they just aren't worth putting money into them.

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Old 04-01-2016, 11:29 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by Dutch Star Don View Post
I think "B52Guy" has the right idea. The coach just doesn't have the value, even if fixed, to command more money. Once they get to a certain age, they just aren't worth putting money into them.

I agree. At some point it takes its final drive to someone's hunting/fishing camp. Be realistic about who the potential buyers are and avoid imagining it as it was ten years ago. No matter how much you put into it, its age and book value are a hard ceiling on its potential selling price.
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Old 04-01-2016, 11:43 AM   #18
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Ok... so I ran an RV Trader search on a 2001 Newmar Mountain Aire DP... it appears most are selling for mid $50k range... Obviously, these are the "asking" price.. but I'm guessing its within the ballpark...

I have no idea what degree of damage you have.. I'm thinking if you can post as many detailed pictures on this thread.. there will be people with experience that could help determine a course of action.. although, in the end, its your call..

Personally, and please don't think any less of me.... I'd put as much lipstick on that pig as possible... and I'd trade it in on your new 5'er... getting the tax savings on the trade will help make up the loss you'd take on selling it out-right..

Good luck !!!
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i like the idea of trading it in, see what you can do, then compare it

the cost what it would cost to fix and sell. As soon as you mention

water leak 80% of potential buyers will offer next to nothing.

trade and forget it.


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