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Old 04-10-2018, 12:42 PM   #1
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Observation regarding number of newer vs older motorhomes

This was my first time going south from Canada for a winter holiday.

When I was very far south, I seemed to see lots of relatively or very new motorhomes and not many the age of my 2001 bounder.

But as I returned north up the west coast the ratio seemed to change and I saw more older motorhomes than newer ones.

I am just wondering if this a correct observation and if anyone knows why?

Just curious.
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My guess would be that folks you see down South would be more active / full-timing chasing the sun; therefore, getting newer rigs more frequently. Whereas up north, more of a part-time use of the RV (mostly summer use) and those folks have no need for the latest and greatest RV when just going a couple weekends each year.
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I think Mbspark could be right.

I live in Michigan and can only really use my coach 7 months a year
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Population density and local economics may have something to do with it too.
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Not sure if this is a reason, or a result, but I was surprised and a little put-off when I booked a camping spot earlier this month in the Texas Hill Country, and they wanted to know how old my Motorcoach was. They don't usually allow anything over 10 years old! Some campsites ask for pictures!
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Trust me, there are lots of older MH's out there. We don't feel the least bit out of place with our 18 year old Beaver. Considering that you can't buy a new MH with an diesel as powerful as ours for <$500k there's a lot of incentive to keep these older ones running. We've remodeled and replaced lots of stuff, but our total expenditure is far, far less than what a new one with an equivalent engine and transmission would be.
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We live in the NE US, but bought our RV down in AZ last June. I had been researching for two years. There is a big difference in inventory between the two locations. And a big difference in prices. We also get significantly better terms from our bank for newer models. At this point in our life, we are not at a place where we want or are able to do a lot of fixing up ourselves. As most of our travels will involve working from the road, we also wanted enough outlets to handle the realities of life now, and not back when our last TT was made. It made more sense for us to buy newer. Iím sure other people in other places in their lives would see things differently, though the availability of rigs to choose from in the south probably doesnít change much.
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