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Old 01-06-2013, 02:05 PM   #1
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I have been looking at class 'A' motorhomes for about 6 months now with the idea of possibly moving up from our fifth wheel before I retire (4 more years). A local dealer recently acquired a used 2004 LaPalma 37PCT which the wife and I took a look at yesterday. The outside of this coach was in fabulous condition. It looked like it might be 2 years old instead of 9. There were a couple of small complaints on the interior, but nothing that the dealer should not take care of at the time of sale. This unit was on the 24K Workhorse chassis which i believe to be a big plus. My questions concern price and what the dealer might do to get my business. The tires were original, so a new set would be and absolute must. Their initial asking price is $60K. I checked NADA and the average retail is $35k (low retail $29K). If we decided that this coach was the one we wanted, what should I offer to start, and what would be a good bargain price (with the new tires)?
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Low retail and no more with an allowance for your choice of tires. The dealer will put on the cheapest tires possible.

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Low retail and no more with an allowance for your choice of tires. The dealer will put on the cheapest tires possible.

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Yep. Be bold.
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Old 01-07-2013, 07:27 AM   #4
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The online NADA RV Guide doesn't necessarily reflect market prices - it is based on average depreciation. A class rig like a LaPalma, in top condition, would likely depreciate less than "average". That said, I think $60k is high and would offer more like $49k. You can always raise your bid later if he won't bite and you feel it is worth it.

Sorry, but I don't think any dealer is going to take $35k for a 2004 La Palma 37' unless it is trashed. I know I sure wouldn't.
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I'm more in agreement with Gary. Don't know your area but in our area a LaPalma (without any add-ons) is NADA $30K .... with the usual add-ons the price goes up significantly. As Gary said, $60K seems high but I'll take 2 (nice ones) at $29K ... you may want to go back to the NADA page and carefully add the checkmarks in all the columns to match the features of your LaPalma.
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Is this an "Orphaned" motorhome?

Just a thought-

Does the "New Monaco" company support "House and body" parts on older rigs? If not, even a minor collision, such as damaged bay doors, become a major concern for the owner.
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We have a 05 Safari Simba 37PCT, bought it in 2011 with 18k miles for less than 48k. We installed new tires after the purchase, about $2,100 for Toyo M154's.
Please remember that when you start quantifying the "add-ons" on NADA, only add the items that were not standard equipment, if it was standard equipment on the invoice it shouldn't be considered a add-on, I contacted NADA direct to confirm this. With the vin. you can get a copy of the original invoice from Monaco, just call them and they will email or fax you a copy. Good Luck.
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This unit has just about every factory option added. NADA only has check boxes for just a few of these. Checking those, brings the average retail up to $45K. I have seen many posts that say in todays market that the vast majority of used coaches should sell for less than NADA average retail. So if I expect to deal at say$44K, a first offer of $39K sounds reasonable to me. Any thoughts?
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Sounds like a good plan, have you extended the slides and checked out the condition of the slide awnings? Does it have dual pane windows and it so are there any with condensation between the panes? Has the recall work been completed on the chassis?
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You can always go UP and you can always walk away.
Start where you are comfortable for the coach.
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