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Old 11-08-2019, 09:45 AM   #1
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Where can I see the most coaches in a short time?

So, the wife and I have been working toward the goal of buying a nice used DP and traveling for about 9 months per year. We live in Montana and there just aren't many options for nice used DP's.

We found a beautiful and meticulously maintained 2006 Newmar Mountain Aire that we decided to buy, but now the owner and his broker have gone dark...the broker said that he just decided not to sell it after all...there went $1250 down the drain for the inspection.

Now we are thinking about flying somewhere that we could literally see 100's of coaches in a short period of time. Maybe like 2 weeks. Kind of a vacation of sorts where we fly in and drive home.

Where should I be looking? Florida...Texas...Arizona?

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Florida, Texas, & Arizona are certainly hot beds for RV's. However there would also likely be a high concentration of units that have few miles but have been lived in. That may or may not be your cup of tea. I would probably just watch RV trader for what you are looking for & take it one prospect at a time. Sorry about your last deal.
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Old 11-08-2019, 10:02 AM   #3
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Wow Todd, that is a bummer about the inspection cost. The owner should have made good on that for you. I don't know where you could see that many used coaches at once good luck.
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I would be demanding the seller cover the inspection cost since he 'just decided not to sell'... That's total BS!
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I agree that the broker should reimburse you for the inspection. They represented the owner. They can get reimbursed by the owner.
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I would be demanding the seller cover the inspection cost since he 'just decided not to sell'... That's total BS!
My guess is the inspector discovered something major, so they retracted the sale. I would bet that inspection was well spent money. PPL motors in Texas has a lot of rvs on line to look at, as well as Motorhomes of Texas. Its a good place to start. You can get a feel for the prices as well. PPL also has a list of actual prices of previously sold units as well. The difference between asking price, and actual sale price can vary. If you find a particular unit, you might be able to see what the same or similar unit sold for in the past. This will give you an apples to apples comparison.
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Hi Todd! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Hope you find the perfect rig for your needs! Just noticed you are kinda new on the forum and wanted to say hello.

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 11-08-2019, 12:23 PM   #8
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We flew into DFW and used a rental car to cover several areas of TX. We booked a bed and breakfast in Gruene TX. Beautiful area. I would highly recommend it!

It helps if you do research online and print out the coaches you are interested in and prioritize them. I agree, PPL is a good place to start. PPL actually has three different locations. There are several other large dealers in the TX from Houston to Ft Worth and to Arlington. Motor Homes of TX will give you a golf cart and let you go. Nice place to look at lots of coaches, but terrible folks to deal with.

The Phoenix and Mesa AZ area is also good. There are several dealers within a few miles of each other down main street Mesa.

We also looked in FL. Like TX, these dealer were spread out and it took lots of driving to cover them, but still a lot of coaches in a few days.

We spent some time in CA, but I'd recommend skipping it. The large dealer in Fresno had a coach we liked, but it was literally priced $100k above several other identical coaches. We tried to reason with them, but it was a waste of time.

Depending on the type of coach, there are some specialty dealers in OR. Mostly Country Coach and Beaver. They had some very nice coaches, but i had a hard time with pricing that was $50k above NADA.

It may not be necessary, but I subscribed to the NADA RV wholesale bluebook for a few months.

Take a camera and a notebook. Take your spouse and split up duties. You will learn from every coach you look at.
Allow 6 months to 1 year to find the perfect coach.
Look on RVT.com, RVTrader.com, eBay, and the classified section on this forum. Learn how to rank order by price, lowest first.
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Old 11-08-2019, 12:46 PM   #9
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My guess is the inspector discovered something major, so they retracted the sale. I would bet that inspection was well spent money. PPL motors in Texas has a lot of rvs on line to look at, as well as Motorhomes of Texas. Its a good place to start. You can get a feel for the prices as well. PPL also has a list of actual prices of previously sold units as well. The difference between asking price, and actual sale price can vary. If you find a particular unit, you might be able to see what the same or similar unit sold for in the past. This will give you an apples to apples comparison.
X2 on this, especially on the Motorhomes of Texas. They have a great inventory of well built coaches.

What part of Montana? We will be back in Kalispell in spring with our 2005 Newmar Dutch Star that we are considering selling. PM me if you have any interest...
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Welcome to the forum.

You are joining a good group of folks here with good info to share. Look for an RV show that you can attend (preferably not one put on by an individual dealer)

Good luck and enjoy the adventure!
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I always heard of Quartzite this time of year. Texas is a good place to look also. We flew from Spokane to DFW and bought ours there, place called MotorHome Specialist, or something like that, after seeing it on RVTrader. I would not recommend the inspector that we used, a waste of money, although he claimed to have "worked" building motorhomes. Good luck, worth taking your time for the right floor plan, happy wife/happy life. Typical dealership there, but there was no pressure and they took good care of us on a used coach.

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If you go to Texas to look at Motorhomeoftexas.com inventory...Good. But while you're in the northern part of TX, you've got to go to MSHRV which isn't that far away from MHOT.

https://www.mhsrv.com/
They are about 30 minutes south of Ft. Worth. Largest inventory you'll ever see, they are family owned, great pricing, huge inventory, great folks and very affordable hotels just down the street.. That's where we bought our MH from.
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There are a lot of motorhomes on display at the RV rally in Quartzite sometime in the middle of January. Being from Wisconsin it was tough to view DP's but found what we wanted at the RV rally in Quartzite during the rally.
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