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Old 07-06-2015, 05:42 AM   #1
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We've been researching for 2 years, made a decision, then something appeared

We had planned on ditching the brick and mortar a couple years back and go FT when hubby retired. We had an Entegra picked out and were waiting for the day. Then we decided to stay at our jobs and go smaller, to A TT.

A close friend of mine told me about a friend who is selling a great class A gasser at or below NADA wholesale (the number from the book you have to buy)

We are scared because that is a lot of motorhome for one week a month. It's in exceptional condition, less than 20k mileage, all checked and maintained. (We would take in it ourselves)

We have the money but I AM TERRIEFIED to spend it. For us it wouldn't be used as a motorhome most of the time, it would be more or a mobile camp site. However I could get it for less than many new cars.

What do I need to consider? I don't want to be blinded by motorhome lust

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Old 07-06-2015, 06:12 AM   #2
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Well, you didn't really give any specs on the MH only that it has less than 20k miles so to evealuate if it's a good deal more info is needed. You said that you were thikning of going FT.. but are now staying working? If your staying working how long will that be and what are your goals after that? If your only using it one week a month is it short trips or are you taking long trips? You mentioned that it would be mostly sitting as a mobile camp site.

If I guess your probably looking at the range of about $50,000 or there about.. that needs to be posted. I'm sure it's way less than the Entegra.... but still a lot of money....

Not to throw a wrench in it but you may be able to get in to a Travel Trailer and a Pick up for even less, you would have much less in the TT over an RV and a lot less maintenance... with the TT you can use the TV to drive around rather than buying a MH and a Toad.... (sorry for the right turn on ideas)... but, we have a TT and only use it about 6 times a year 3 to 4 days at a time and it seems to work well for us..

If you do decided to get the MH even with 20k or less miles I"d have a MH inspection company go thru everything on it engine and house... it will cost you some bucks but they may find something wrong... or you might find that it's a much better deal than you thought..

Good Luck on your decision.

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Old 07-06-2015, 06:33 AM   #3
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All MH will depreciate. Look at the price of the one you are buying on NADA.
Then look at the price of the same model 5 years or so older.

Class A will still need maintenance by time yearly, Insurance etc.
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Old 07-06-2015, 08:31 AM   #4
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We have a 2008 Monarch, 34sbd. The coach was well taken care of by the previous owner. We love it! I'm still working and looking forward to retirement to enjoy the coach more. We will not be full time- we enjoy our home and the freedom to hit the road or not. If we were full timers, I would have leaned towards a dp. The Monarch gasser works for us. Good luck.
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Old 07-06-2015, 12:29 PM   #5
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In response, I am not getting a truck. I already have vehicles that I like and am not interested in another. I love my daily driver

I'd be happy in the TT we picked out but the timing of this MH being Putin front of us feels like fate.

We are not going to full time. At least not for 15 years. We have a second house already. The MH or TT will be used for weekend trips, spring break, Mardi Gras, Christmas, and summer vacation.

I totally understand depreciation :( sad sad sad . I was just hoping someone had an idea of getting in to a good MH at or below wholesale would make this a deal I shohldnt walk away from
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Add up your hotel rooms and meals out for those things you mention for 15 years...do you really think you'll spend less than a $50k gasser, travel trailer, etc. JMHO, you either want the lifestyle to spend the money, you'll be "scared" 15 years from now, or you don't want the lifestyle. Yes anything more than a couple of thou is a lot of money, but after 2.5 years on the road...well, the experiences later in our lives have been priceless
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I was just hoping someone had an idea of getting in to a good MH at or below wholesale would make this a deal I shohldnt walk away from

NADA, et al, provide numbers that may or may not reflect market conditions. Reasons include the vast number of makes and models that have very few sales per year....not to mention private sales that never show up.

My research suggests that NADA uses a sliding scale based on MSRP. That may be accurate for the mass marketed coaches, and may be way low or high for the less-produced brands.

Long-winded way of saying that finding a Coach for less than wholesale isn't a one-time opportunity. Just this last week, I looked at an Alpine 40 whose Low NADA was $84,300, and dealer would sell for $59,600

There will always be deals out there when you're ready to buy...
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Old 07-06-2015, 01:13 PM   #8
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TT's are, by necessity, light. That means the manufacturer has to use the lightest (cheapest) materials. A Class A on the other hand, is build on a truck chassis instead of the lightly rated axles like a TT. So they can use higher quality furniture and cabinetry.

TT's also don't tolerate rough roads as well as a Class A.

That all means that the Class A is a better idea for one week a month usage, and won't fall apart as quickly.

You're having buyers remorse and you haven't even spent the money. Go for it.
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Sounds like you have backed yourselves into a tough corner. Spend the money or not? Buy a coach or TT? There is no answer any of us can give based on the little bit of information you have provided.

A couple questions. Which floor plan suts you the best? Does the MH fit your needs and wants? Could you sit in it for a week while kept inside by inclement weather? Same for a TT.

You say you do not want anther daily driver so by that I am assuming you either have a vehicle that will tow a TT or are prepared to buy one and let it sit with the TT.

Anyway it is your decision and you will make the right one for you no matter which way you go. Our decision was to leave our children well used toys of our choice, not new toys of their selection. So we are spending the money we earned and saved on things that give us pleasure.
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You really can't compare a TT to a class A RV. If you're planning on FT in the near future buy the one you want to do it in. Trading for a different unit is a waste of money that you could put to better use. I've never seen a TT I'd want to live FT in. They're built to be light and are usually pretty flimsy
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All MH will depreciate. Look at the price of the one you are buying on NADA.
Then look at the price of the same model 5 years or so older.

Class A will still need maintenance by time yearly, Insurance etc.
ANY vehicle will depreciate unless you buy some exotic collectable one (wish I had my '67 Camaro back).
For instance our '09 Magna original sticker was $749,700, NADA was still $400,000 and we paid some $50,000 (or more) less. Was that a "good buy"? Not for most people but we could afford it and wanted it. We're in our late 60's so there's no way it made sense from most people views, but that's OK since we don't have to satisfy them.
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My 2 cents. The MH or TT you would buy for full timing is prob a by not the same as you would bu t for weekends or occasional trips. Our prior 17' TT would not be comfortable for full timing or even snowbirding. So, we moved up to a class A with lots of closets and storage the would meet my wife's need to head south during the winter months. It is kind of big for the short trips we take throughout the year.

So, you need to decide what your short and long term plans are and you need to fulfill those plans. Then find a MH or TT that has a floorplan that will work for you now and in the future. It is not so much about the money or depreciation as about making a sound choice, which considers the finances as well as the functionality.

Good luck on YOUR decision.
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Personally I would not buy a motorhome for what you are talking about. It is way too expensive to maintain and insure for the time you would use it. The purchase price is just the beginning of what you will outlay. What about the tires? Those can set you back $3-4,000 immediately. We were very happy with our travel trailer for just the situation you are describing.
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Buying a RV can be compared to building a shed. Always build your shed bigger than you think you will need.

Same with a RV. Buy as big as you think you will need and then add a bit. Not heard of many people moving down in size (although there are some who do) compared to people who find that what they thought was "big enough" is now being replaced with something bigger.

It has been said many times on this forum "Buy your last RV first". You will save money and frustration. Unless you prefer the hunt for another vehicle.

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