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Old 05-07-2015, 04:25 PM   #1
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What is the true resale value "hit" of pet-free versus not??

I know there is a pet forum ... but this question is more around the value of the COACH than anything ... so hopefully this forum is the better place to post this question - and also the place more likely to get a "balanced" (non-biased!) set of input

Is there any consensus here on what is the real effective reduction in resale value of a class A coach that is advertised as "pet free" versus not so advertised?? Assuming, of course that the coach is well maintained and kept clean??

We are battling with the question of taking our kitties with us on the road this summer, versus leaving them at home, and need to decide
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Old 05-07-2015, 04:39 PM   #2
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Don't know about the monetary hit, but when we were in the process of buying a 2008 Tiffin from an Arizona dealer, we were asked if we had ever smoked in our 2005 Diesel Bounder trade or if we traveled with pets. We truthfully answered NO to both questions and nothing else was said, however, after negotiations were completed I asked what would have happened if we had said YES to either question. Both the salesman and the finance gal said they would not have accepted the Bounder in trade, period! No trade in.
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Old 05-07-2015, 05:41 PM   #3
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I'm not sure I believe there is any sort of rule of thumb on this and frankly I doubt that there is a difference at all so long as the coach has been well maintained and is free from pet odors at the time of sale.

We were full time with three dogs for several years and it was never a point of discussion when selling.

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We just traded our Kountry Star, the dealer didn't ask me either of those questions.

We always take our dog, two cats and three birds with us, never been a problem.

If I was worried about resale value, I would never use my MH.
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Old 05-07-2015, 06:43 PM   #5
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It totally depends on the smell. If the coach doesn't smell like pets, you're good to go. We saw an abused Country Coach Magna at Paul Evert's in Laughlin a few years ago, and it reeked from urine. The salesman of course couldn't smell anything at all. We travel with our dogs, but we have no dog odor in it.
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I don't think it makes a dollar difference. Some potential buyers won't touch a Pet-occupied coach at any price, while others won't care.

But if you there is obvious wear and tear from a pet (or any other reason), there is gonna be a resale price hit. Might not affect the trade-in much, though, since dealers often make a low ball offer sight unseen.
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No one ever asked us if either the B+ or Class A we sold had pets in them but we were asked if anyone smoked. We told both of the couples that wound up buying them from us that we traveled with our boxers though and neither cared. Smoking would have been a deal breaker though. We bought our current coach from a lady that took a dog on her trips.

The only thing that I could see would be a problem is if the potential buyers were allergic to cats. It's your coach & you should enjoy it as you want. If you want to take your cats, then by all means do!
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If there's no odor or damage, it's a non-issue.

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I for one don't buy them. When I'm buying one of the first questions I ask is has it been smoked in or pets inside.
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When we traded in our 2001 Adventurer a couple years ago no one asked any questions about smoking, pets or anything else. They just went into the motorhome and made an inspection. They were satisfied with the condition and the deal was completed.
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Old 05-07-2015, 09:25 PM   #11
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I for one don't buy them. When I'm buying one of the first questions I ask is has it been smoked in or pets inside.

x2. can't tolerate the smell or fleas. animal owners don't notice as they are use to it, just like a smoker.
with that said you bought it to use, so use it however you want, other wise why buy it.
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When we traded in our 2001 Adventurer a couple years ago no one asked any questions about smoking, pets or anything else. They just went into the motorhome and made an inspection. They were satisfied with the condition and the deal was completed.
Same with out Dutch Star we traded a few months ago. Never mentioned and we have 6 cats now and did have 7 up till Dec 26th. In fact we had two dogs when we bought the DSDP.
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ya but Mr_D i think you are very meticulous with your cats. makes a huge difference
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Old 05-07-2015, 10:33 PM   #14
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I for one don't buy them. When I'm buying one of the first questions I ask is has it been smoked in or pets inside.
I'm trying to understand the reasoning. It seems to me, that if you need to ask, then you can't tell. If you can't tell, then why should you care?

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