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Old 01-27-2014, 10:20 PM   #15
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It seems so scary to buy something in the 200/300K range and know that it is going to go eventually and I will need something else. Is that really what a lot of people do?
Yes and No. The fact is a motorhome is always a depreciating asset. It is always going down and down and down till it is virtually worthless. IMHO that is why one should never buy new and never keep it past year 10. There is a sweet spot where depreciation is the least so if you can purchase your coach at a super great deal and then sell it after a few years worth you can potentially lose very little. But the fact is you will almost always lose something.

Remember, for people in your age group these are toys, highly depreciating toys. When you write that check be prepared that you will never see that money again, this is not a stick and brick house.

Many people who buy these are retired full-timing people, they are doing this as their life-dream, they plan on traveling as long as they can and will own the same coach for many years. You cannot compare what they are doing with what you are planning on doing. They are retired, have 40 years of savings in their accounts and now have pensions and IRA's to support their toy. They also are thinking that when they can not do this any longer they will be going into an assisted care facility. So their goals and spending abilities are different than yours.

If you truly want to take a coach and make it your own with lots of upgrades I highly suggest getting a used model, you truly can save a lot of money and then use some of that to upgrade it and personalize your liking. A good example is a friend of mine who is also mid 40's just bought a gently used 2011 Newmar Mountain Aire, the owner had a heart attack and the wife just wanted it sold ASAP, he paid her $140K cash for a coach that cost $350K brand new 3 years ago. Some consider Newmar's a step above Entegra's some think they are on par, either way if you shop around and wait for a killer deal you can get these. He probably can use this coach 2-3 years and still break even when he sells it. I don't know if that is his plan or if he wants to keep it for 10 years, but knowing him he will sell it sooner rather than later.

Good luck, hope this helps.
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Keep in mind when redoing the interior that RV,s are not the same as houses when you are buying furniture. We did not like the furniture in our coach which only has a living room and a bedroom slide. We looked for a while and found a Lazy Boy recliner that the wife liked which would fit. We have never found a standard couch that will fit. It seems like all of the couches have to be from an RV furniture store. I do not like that option because you basically have to order them online without being able to see and sit on the couch. Sometimes beds have an RV sized mattress which will be shorter. These are all obstacles that can be overcome but be they will be harder than buying furniture for your stick home.
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I don't actually want to flip it to sell, I want to live in it I just really don't like a lot of the interiors and would not feel right getting something new and then changing it all. I guess I will keep thinking.
Regardless of whether you buy new or used, don't be reluctant to change things you don't like. We have a high end MH that we bought used. It may be high end but we absolutely hated some of the interior treatments, so we changed them. For whatever reason quite a few RVs employ "heavy, old fashioned" decorating.

We can't understand why so many MH owners act as if it is important to maintain the interior decor as it was delivered as if, somehow, that helps to maintain value. Make it the way you like it; the chances are your tastes will have equal or better appeal to the next owner, assuming you ever sell.
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I been in the home remodeling business all my life. And I like older homes and older Motor Homes for the same reason. Anything I do to either is an improvement. When you work on a new home, it sometimes gets worse???

I have a 1990 Pace Arrow when I bought it there where carpet runners on the carpet. The thing looked nice for its age. I took up carpet runners and told the Wife that we are going to be the last owners of this relic and we are going to ware them out ourselves. I can drill a hole clear though the walls and put bolt on TV wall mount anywhere I like. I am putting the TV exactly where I want it, holding the interior wall together and helping the delamination of the outer skin. I can take out the booth and put in new tile floor and it goes on an on. I can customize my old unit to suet myself and not feel I am hurting the value of that unit. Where when you try to decide if any customizing of the new unit is a good idea or not, it usually isn't.
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"cost effective on a low mileage machine than buying something new or even a couple years old?" We bought new the first time never again lost a bundle on moving up. Unless you are going to keep it for 10 plus years I would look into a 2-3 year old low mileage like new coach. There are a lot of them out there.
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You could buy a really nice DP that is 6 or 8 years old with low milage in great shape for half the price of a new one,and it wouldn't have to have anything done to it,there are a lot of them out there
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You could buy a really nice DP that is 6 or 8 years old with low milage in great shape for half the price of a new one
That Is what I wanted to look into but I have never seen any with quality materials, finishes, woods, etc. That means I'd need to redo some things but I'd have to get that done before we'd move in. I am scared the costs would be enormous and I wouldn't know until I had already bought something.

We aren't scared of the money issue on something that is what we want since we get housing allowance. However we can't find anything cheap enough that we like :(
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...but I have never seen any with quality materials, finishes, woods, etc. (
Look for used Newmar Mountain Aire, Newmar Essex, Newmar king Aire , these are top of the line luxury coaches with VERY high quality. The interiors may be dated, and not your taste.....but they are certainly high quality....perfect for you to change colors, fabrics, etc to decorate to your taste.
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I have run across lots of units with bunks in my shopping experiences: craigslist > sites
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I have run across lots of units with bunks in my shopping experiences: craigslist > sites
I don't think this is the thread where the OP is considering bunks - it's a little confusing for me too as I've been following both :-)
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I don't think this is the thread where the OP is considering bunks - it's a little confusing for me too as I've been following both :-)
Try being me, I am ridiculously confused!

I need to be the one to make this work for the family....STRESS!!!
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I have run across lots of units with bunks in my shopping experiences: craigslist > sites
Well let me fix this then. This is a site where you can find anything you want any where you need it....!
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Well let me fix this then. This is a site where you can find anything you want any where you need it....!
Thanks, bunks are still in the running
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