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Old 06-17-2014, 11:30 AM   #43
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Also, remember, in some states you can take the interest on the RV loan off of your income taxes as a second home. As long as it has 1 closet and 1 bathroom, the interest is deductible. But of course, check with a tax person in your state.
You are in Jersey so you can deduct the interest on the loan. We do.
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Old 06-17-2014, 12:04 PM   #44
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Most of your questions either I can not answer or are answered the same way "My Mamma Told me... to do the Shop Around" (Line from a song back in the 50's)

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Hello all...I am looking for direction... please!

Keeping it on our residential property
As your question implies this varies from town to town, So what MOST towns do is not the question, the question is what does YOUR town allow.. plus there are CC&Rs on many properties and home owner's associations and such and most of them are kind of... Restrictive. Thus, I can not answer.

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Always a good idea when buying a used vehicle. And yes, BEFORE you sign on the line.

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Moth balls and Bounce dryer sheets!!!!!
You seem to have that one figured out.
Lastly...Do you enjoy RV'ing/camping? Do the pros outweigh the cons??[/QUOTE]

Yes, so much so that wife and I dumped the Sticks and bricks once we were both retired and went full time in our Class A...

Way better way to live, Taxes more than make up for the gas it eats (Mine is a gasoline type) and the nicest thing... The house we owned, as often happens, "Moved" (not one inch) from a Nice neighborhood to a not very nice neighborhood.. (As in the house next door sold drugs, got shot up and firebombed) but with a S&B (Sticks and bricks) moving is not easy.. With the motor home I get in a bad neighborhood.. Turn key, press pedal (Well a bit more than that) and I'm outta there.
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Always a good idea when buying a used vehicle. And yes, BEFORE you sign on the line.
How??? I checked around and found only 2 mobile RV mechanics, one of whom was not willing to take the 3 hour drive to get to the site (can't imagine why, lol). The other, still over an hour away, would charge $350. The RV is not being sold within any kind of reasonable distance from a shop where I could take it before the sale. I am confident after speaking with the previous owner that no problems were hidden. That's not to say that something might go wrong with it soon after the sale. My only thought is that I can take it to someone I know who has an RV service/repair business nearish to my home right after the sale, and if anything horrible is found, take it right back to the dealer/owner and show him what was found.

Question: Was anyone here able to have an RV mechanic check over their bought-used unit before the sale?
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Old 06-18-2014, 06:15 AM   #46
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$350 is a reasonable fee for a complete RV checkover. Did you think he would do it for fifty bucks ? Ha Ha !
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Old 06-18-2014, 06:23 AM   #47
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$350 is a reasonable fee for a complete RV checkover. Did you think he would do it for fifty bucks ? Ha Ha !
I don't think I complained about the price. I also failed to say that I didn't like the sound of him over the phone. The person I know charges $300 and is much more professional AND certified- but too far from the RV dealer location. So no, I didn't think I would get anyone to check it out for $50.
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We've been RV'ing for about nine years now. Had about a dozen different rigs. And lots of experiences. It sounds like you might appreciate a little reassurance.
Price - you are under NADA low, with no options or mileage figured. One heck of a good price. If you decided to sell, for some reason, I don't think you'd suffer any loss.
Quality - Winnebago is a good brand, and previous owner gives it a LOT of credibility, and reasons to like it.
Tires - a major concern at that age. You said they were a year old. Verify that with date code stamped on tire. If true, a fabulous deal.
Dealer - always a hard one to figure. They are all sweet as pie before the purchase. Sounds like your's is a good one. Time will tell.
All in all, I'd say if I were looking for one today, I'd want to see this one. Maybe even make the long trip to NJ to do so.
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Old 06-18-2014, 07:33 PM   #49
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Thank you all again for your insight, tips, opinions & wisdom!

The final stretch; from a wreck to excited!...

Credit app approved, dealer lowered price even further, Progressive came up with a lower ins premium final price than quoted...We're good to go! If all goes well, we will have the RV on our property by the end of next week, if not sooner.

Now we pray for good weather and no mechanical problems...
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Sounds great! Hope to see you out there.
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yea great news. We are getting more rain tonight, got a little over a inch last night, Hope your not in Minnesota!!!!
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Thank you all again for your insight, tips, opinions & wisdom!

The final stretch; from a wreck to excited!...

If all goes well, we will have the RV on our property by the end of next week, if not sooner.

Now we pray for good weather and no mechanical problems...
Sounds like you've done your homework. Congratulations! Never pass up an opportunity to try something you want to try. You can't take it with you ....well actually, in an RV you can!

My only recommendation; Psychologically designate that new savings that your dealer has offered into an expense fund for the repairs/upgrades/farkles that will occur. If you've already allocated the $$$, it won't seem like such a shock to your budget.
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This sounds like an interesting story to follow. Keep us up to date on how it goes
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Great sounds like good deals abound. Now if you could get a good deal on gas. Guess dealer is throwing in a full tank...would be nice.
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I don't think I complained about the price. I also failed to say that I didn't like the sound of him over the phone. The person I know charges $300 and is much more professional AND certified- but too far from the RV dealer location. So no, I didn't think I would get anyone to check it out for $50.
Welcome to the iRV2 site good info here and good people,but every now and then you will run in to someone with their snide remarks,trying to make you feel cheap,sorry for your early learning curve and remember every dollar savved it another mile or 2 for fuel.
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I'm a Wreck! What have we done? HELP PLEASE!

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I don't think I complained about the price.

That was how I interpreted what you wrote. By saying only one guy is willing to come do the inspection, and he charges $350 AND you are still asking how to get it inspected, I have to interpret that as you think the price is exorbitant. Which is reasonable, because you stated all this is very new to you.

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I also failed to say that I didn't like the sound of him over the phone

You didn't put this in the post that I originally read and was responding to.

My comment about it costing more than fifty bucks was light hearted, hence the "Ha Ha" at the end. :smile
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