Originally Posted by Just For Fun
Let me preface this question/request for "your" opinion with this...
JFF, I was in this position and said, Heck yes!
In retrospect, it was good and bad.
Sure, I enjoyed years with a great rig that had no more maintenance issues than any other. In fact, I did much better than anyone
I've known with a first-year model.
With some minor tweaks in the shop, like changing out sway bar bushings and installing new shocks, I had a bus that the salesman to whom I traded it for a larger rig gushed that it "rode like a brand-new RV."
But... even though the NADA books specifically say that mileage does not enter into the value equation with diesels, you can't keep the market from associating RVs with cars.
The pushback you'll encounter when trading or selling will be formidable.
Dealers will apologize to you when offering half of what they might've with a low mileage rig: they know the truth of the matter, but understand that they're up against the reality of less informed buyers, when they try to sell the rig.
I think my wife -- upgrading to the Patriot Thunder
we own now was her project -- probably looked at 100 candidates before finding a dealer who was positioned to make a level transaction, ie our trade-in being the same relative book value as the acquired rig.
But, with that the suffocating market disadvantage in mind, you might be in a powerful position, as buyer: something like, "I'll pay what you're asking, if you deliver it to me with no tires older than XXX, with new fluids and filters...
" You get the picture. As a buyer, you have infinitely more clout purchasing a high mileage rig, which might be the best in its fleet to begin with. All because the market doesn't understand how these things age.
Specifically, since wholesale is about $144K for this Executive (further disadvantaged by having the smallest engine, fewest slides, shortest length of the model line); I'd say the price is about right.
Wifey, an experienced bus-buyer and attorney is looking over my shoulder. "Make sure you really want it, 'cause it'll be yours forever," she quips.
That might not be a bad thing...