Have you ever bought a used house before? After first falling in love with the house, what methodology did you employ to arrive at a satisfactory offer? I appraised residential real estate for 15 years and NEVER had somebody hire me to appraise a property before their making an offer. They were satisfied with advice from commissioned realtors...who both just want the deal to go through, no matter what. I was hired by the bank, after the fact, because they sure cared what the equity on the loan was actually worth. Besides...real estate values always go up, why worry?
Straycat, sorry for the digression from your question...but I am trying to make a point. You really need to study the current market for the particular model and year of coach that you are interested in. Advertised asking prices at dealerships do not define market value. Actual sales do and somebody compiles that data. Dealers all use wholesale pricing guides such as NADA when taking units in trade. Why not find a recent copy of that? Motorhomes depreciate rapidly in the first 1-4 years. I have seen tables on this forum with average percentages per year...but the unit you are interested in could be above or below that average. Condition, mileage and deferred maintenance can also affect value. If you bring a trade-in to a dealer, he will surely make money off you both coming and going. If you are satisfied with the deal, then I guess it is "no harm, no foul." Good luck and just be advised that almost everybody on this forum thinks that they negotiated one heck of a deal when they bought theirs. They certainly would never admit to paying too much.