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Old 02-14-2015, 12:59 PM   #15
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Money saving wise it is always cheaper to keep what you have and fix it up. If saving money is not your priority and you just want a different RV then trade up. But why trade known problems for unknown problems that may result in even more expensive repairs. All RVs need work, since your wife wants to do the remodel go that way and make it your own style. It is on our bucket list to get rid of the sofa and put in 2 recliners. We are currently working on replacing the carpet with a laminate wood floor. So I think I will be pulling the couch soon and cover the whole thing with the laminate floor and the get recliners when money allows. As for the exterior, I am removing the decals in preparation for getting the old girl repainted, saving us about $3000 in labor costs to remove all of them.
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Oh boy!! There are as many answers to this as their are people on these forums.

For me:
  • I would evaluate the condition of the chassis and drivetrain.
  • Is the size what I need/want for the next few years?
  • Is this floorplan working for me?

If yes to all the above I would start thinking about what I need to do and what I want to do with upgrades and repairs and then balance that cost (money and time) against how much longer I might keep it.


I like to tinker and to build things. I really enjoy making things work better. Generally I have the skills to do it myself from start to finish so I can keep my costs down.

As mentioned by others, with our old class c (84 Georgie Boy), I knew everything there was to know about it, both good and bad. Solid as a rock but worn and dated. We gutted it and changed almost everything in it to suit us better. Even considered a slide at one point.

In the end it was better built and looked far better than anything else we could buy at the time. We got another 10 years and 50K miles before we passed it on to a young couple dipping to RVing. Our kids were grown and it just sat too much to keep it.

No regrets. We had a lot of good times in it.

So now DW and I are semi-retired. Going FT this spring. We have decided to pick up a Class A and following our last model, we are picking up a used coach with a solid chassis. I can remodel the entire interior if we need/want to.

Do what works for you!

There's my nickles worth. Worked for us, not necessarily right for others.

See you on the road......
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Fix it up and make it the way the Dw wants it
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Old 02-16-2015, 03:27 PM   #18
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The short answer is upgrade what you have. I'm doing the exterior in 2015. Interior will be done in 2016. Exterior gets new fiberglass and paint, frameless windows and entry/exit steps that find the ground and form a firm platform.
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Actually, economically, my bought for cash '94 Thor makes great sense. I'm a full timer and a boondocker. Do realize how much money I've saved over paying rent or a mortgage somewhere? I don't live in a Walmart parking lot but noise-wise it's close. I may move somewhere quieter, maybe even an RV park. My rig is good looking and when I've inquired at RV parks they do ask what year it is while looking at it so it ain't that bad. I would like a little more security but I do like the sounds of nature at night.

I vote to customize your rig so it's the way YOU want it. A newer rig is just going to be more compromises but with a payment book.
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None of the items you mentioned you would like to fix, would amount to more than a few months worth of payment for a new motorhome. From a purely economic standpoint it would make sense to fix your existing coach. What you would have to look at, is whether a new coach would have features that you want that your coach does not have, and whether those features is worth the money you would have to spend. And only you and your DW can answer that.
We have the option of keeping our coach, but we are strongly considering trading. A few of the features we want, such as a residential refrigerator could be installed in our coach, but others, like a tag axle, sharper turn radius, Aqua-Hot, and heated floors are either impossible or impractical to outfit on ours.
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Regarding your blinds, once you fix one, it becomes pretty easy! WAY cheaper than replacing!
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None of the items you mentioned you would like to fix, would amount to more than a few months worth of payment for a new motorhome. From a purely economic standpoint it would make sense to fix your existing coach. What you would have to look at, is whether a new coach would have features that you want that your coach does not have, and whether those features is worth the money you would have to spend. And only you and your DW can answer that.
We have the option of keeping our coach, but we are strongly considering trading. A few of the features we want, such as a residential refrigerator could be installed in our coach, but others, like a tag axle, sharper turn radius, Aqua-Hot, and heated floors are either impossible or impractical to outfit on ours.
When we ordered the 2002 Dutch Star I wanted the Aqua-Hot and Newmar refused to do it since it was a "higher line" option.
With the Magna we get the tag axle, Aqua-Hot, heated floors, lots more torque and a bunch more. Sure hope the wife decides she likes it as it's not her favorite floor plan. In fact it has less storage space than our present Dutch Star.
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When we ordered the 2002 Dutch Star I wanted the Aqua-Hot and Newmar refused to do it since it was a "higher line" option.
Knowing myself, I would have said "Will it fit? No hydronic heating, No Sale."

They offer it in the Ventana 43' and the DS now.
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When we ordered the 2002 Dutch Star I wanted the Aqua-Hot and Newmar refused to do it since it was a "higher line" option.
With the Magna we get the tag axle, Aqua-Hot, heated floors, lots more torque and a bunch more. Sure hope the wife decides she likes it as it's not her favorite floor plan. In fact it has less storage space than our present Dutch Star.
You're getting a gorgeous coach, and a late model Magna or Affinity is a front-runner for our replacement coach. The one thing we don't like with the newer high-line Country Coaches is the lack of inside storage. We have large cabinets in our living room, and they are totally lacking in the newer coaches.
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We upgraded, cost of moving up was double what the upgrade coat. New TV, new wood floors "no more carpet yea !!!!", new dining table with chairs took out the booth. We love it looks new.
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