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Old 02-13-2015, 02:23 PM   #1
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Trade in or update/replace interior?

We have a 2005 32' Fleetwood Southwind. Mechanically, everything is fine and also has new tires. Only has about 27K miles. All systems are good. But there are some interior things that need to be replaced. The kitchen counter Corian is starting to crack in places..., the window blinds (folding two layer type) are either not working good or drying out and need to be replaced with mini-blinds I think.The carpet is dated but not really worn. The recliner is dated and doesn't fit me that well. The sofa bed is not that comfortable, a typical sofa bed. There are a couple worn areas on the driver's leather chair. A piece of wooden trim on the front slide out needs work. Bathroom is good and all fixtures and lights work fine.
My question to anyone is: Does it make sense to spend the $$ to fix all those things up to keep the motorhome, its a 2005.....or to trade it in for a later model since many RV parks get picky about RVs that are over 10 years old? Has anyone out there had this same situation? I think if I was to fix up all those items, I would be down lots of $$ compared to just trading it in. Thanks.

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Old 02-13-2015, 02:35 PM   #2
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If you really like your rig and it's floor plan, fix it like you want it. If you don't like owning an older rig, and money does not matter that much, trade it. If you want someone to talk you into trading, it is not me. Ecstatic with my 2005 model!

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Old 02-13-2015, 02:48 PM   #3
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I agree with Grey Ghost I. My 2005 Nat'l Dolphin turns 10 this year, too, and ANY campground that tells me that my moho is too old can kiss my grits!

Seriously, it is all about the money. Your coach is barely broken in, so unless you have chassis/engine/tranny concerns, or you just want something different, it is cheaper-to-keeper.

Oh, remember "happy RV wife, happy RV life", too. . . . .

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Old 02-13-2015, 03:30 PM   #4
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You guys give good advice!

I love the MH and like the floor plan and willing to upgrade the interior. I guess I need to price those things first. Sometimes it looks expensive to me for new cosmetic stuff. I can do most of the installs I think. Thanks, you are making my decision easier!
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I chose to upgrade.
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Ithink age is reaitive. We have a 99 and love it. We know what problems exisit if any. If you like the devi you know is better than the one you don't. You nevr knowmwhay wil need to fixed on a new one.
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Repair/replace/upgrade as you go. Avoid snooty campgrounds that don't want your business. Newer is newer - better in some ways but not in others. Don't trade a set of known problems for a set of unknown problems.

I have a long-standing practice of repair, replace, upgrade. The first time something fails (NOT wears out) I repair it. The second time, I replace it with an identical new part. The third time, I upgrade to a better quality part that, I hope, will only need replacement when it wears out. So far (35 years of amateur wrenching) this seems to be cost-effective. I can't claim the invention of this philosophy, just a satisfied practitioner. Many years of old Jeeps and Volkswagens...
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Trade in or update/replace interior?

Don't worry about the 10 year thing in RV parks. Minority of parks enforce. If asked I de-age my answer.

If the coach fits your usage and you like the floor plan, keep it and upgrade the needed items. Way cheaper.

That said, if the real want is to upgrade to a newer bigger fancier coach then if you can afford ok to go that route as well.
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Old 02-13-2015, 05:12 PM   #9
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Not sure where you live, but where I am a trade results in 7% on the new coach. That pays for a lot of upgrades. As for 10 year old rules, most I have spoke to will accept a photo and waive the rule. It's mostly to keep out junkers.
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Old 02-13-2015, 07:43 PM   #10
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We traded a 2005 for a 2002 MH because we liked the floorplan and features. New means big bucks.
You can do miniblinds (I did on my first motorhome), but I wouldn't recommend it. Go with MCD or AMS. Pricey, but very good blinds.
Is the sofa bed uncomfortable as a couch or as a bed? If the latter, we solved that with a foam topper (we have a 2" thick eggcrate) plus a mattress pad on top of it (we like the heated kind).

I agree, if that motorhome is mechanically sound and you like it, check out costs to upgrade and if not too much for your budget, go for it.
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Old 02-13-2015, 07:56 PM   #11
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your corian counter top can be fixed no need to replace find a shop that
does counter tops and have them repair it and buff it and will look like new
replace carpet with wood floors
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We've remodeled our 2004 twice so far. Substantial cabinet changes and new tvs in 2008, and new flooring in 2014. We like the coach, it runs well, and remodeling is far cheaper than trading.
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Old 02-14-2015, 10:55 AM   #13
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Thanks so much for all your advice and suggestions. I'm just about convinced that I should replace/repair one or two things a year. The coach runs great and the floor plan works for us. My better half wants to customize it since the interior is still factory style.
Thanks again you guys!
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Now have a 2002 Dutch Star DP, next week it gets traded for an '09 CC Magna even though the Dutch Star has new TV's chairs, a bunch of other upgrades and only 38,000 miles. Why the change? Because we wanted to!! Economically having a motorhome (pleasure boat etc) makes very little economic sense!
If I wanted economy I'd have a Volkswagen TDI and sleep in it in a Wal*Mart parking lot. But with the DW and our 6 cats it would be a little crowded!

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