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Old 08-15-2012, 08:25 PM   #1
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Throwing money away

I am looking at a 12 to 13 year old motorhome to get started in the RV experience. An then further down the road buying a newer RV if we enjoy it. So am I throwing money away taking this step? This 12 year old unit then will be 16 to 17 years old? I don't think renting would work out for the use I see us using it
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You're on the right track... buy the 10 to 12 y/o unit to see if you like it. You'd really take a bath if you ran out and bought a brand new or newer unit and tried to sell it if you didn't enjoy it.
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Old 08-15-2012, 08:38 PM   #3
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Hi and welcome to the forum.

I think my answer to your question is, NO. I don't believe at all it would be throwing money away so long as you go in to it with the attitude you already seem to have. Just understand that a 12 year old coach with 12 year old technology is going to deliver a different experience than a newer rig will.

We went the other way, in large part because I'm 6'6" tall and many older units had low ceilings. I knew that I would "hate RVing" if I bumped my head every time I walked through my own coach so we bought new in 2007 and have actually been very happy with our decision but it's pretty risky because it's a lot of money.

Spending a little money in the short term to get your sea legs is not a bad plan at all.

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as long as you do not get a money pit I think it is a good idea. be patient and look for one from a private owner who has taken care of it. if you do not smoke do not buy one from a smoker. same with pets. there are many nice older rv''s out there, you just have to look, and make sure everything works and it has never leaked. there are a lot of things that can go wrong after 10 years, but not always. good luck!
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Get one you like and can enjoy. Don't worry about the money, we all loose with these babies but as long as you can afford the loss go for it. Life is to short, remember, you are older today than you have ever been so live a little and be safe.
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Be reminded of the fact that financing on a coach of that age is nearly impossible to get - which really limits the number of potential purchasers - which means you aren't going to get anything for your origianl purchase when it's time to trade up.

I would say your plan is going to be an expensive one, the cost of which is going to be difficult to estimate ahead of time?
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The second coach you buy is a lot closer to what you want than the first one. I think it's a good way to ease into a rather big investment.

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as long as you do not get a money pit I think it is a good idea. be patient and look for one from a private owner who has taken care of it. if you do not smoke do not buy one from a smoker. same with pets. there are many nice older rv''s out there, you just have to look, and make sure everything works and it has never leaked. there are a lot of things that can go wrong after 10 years, but not always. good luck!
I have to agree with this. We bought an older Holiday Rambler knowing it was to be a project . While we sold it for more than we paid for it after the rehab, we didn't recoup all that we in vested in the rehab. And don't even think about the hundreds of hours in labor time. It seems to be a buyers market right now so take your time and find that coach that has been cared for and stored properly. Enjoy the search and keep us posted.
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Get one you like and can enjoy. Don't worry about the money, we all loose with these babies but as long as you can afford the loss go for it. Life is to short, remember, you are older today than you have ever been so live a little and be safe.
You'll likely lose on a used rig, but you won't lose nearly as much as buying a new or nearly-new one and selling it after a year or two.
I've been buying 9-13 year old rigs, my last 2 anyway... I call it "mostly depreciated". I don't know what a new one would offer me - maybe more power, an extra transmission gear... At least in the same quality range as what I have now.

If you're really "unsure" - then rent... Rent for a weekend or two.
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I am looking at a 12 to 13 year old motorhome to get started in the RV experience. An then further down the road buying a newer RV if we enjoy it. So am I throwing money away taking this step? This 12 year old unit then will be 16 to 17 years old? I don't think renting would work out for the use I see us using it
I wouldnt limit my searches to just that age. Look at newer ones too. You never know what you can find.

I knew very little about them when I first started shopping. Thought a "C" would be less hassle to own but thats not always the case. From seeing a whole lot of ill maintained rigs I can tell you this:

-Look for something thats been stored inside.
-Look for one that is being sold by the original owner
-Dont sign or agree to anything until you have a qualified person inspect the coach.
-Dont buy anything older than 20yrs
-Dont fall for the extended warranty gimmick
-Dont finance the coach for more than 5yrs.
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Short answer, we did it. 12 years old diesel pusher, one owner looked well maintained, and car fax it! We did, had a couple of surprises, but still VERY happy!
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Old 08-15-2012, 09:35 PM   #12
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I think your headed in the right direction buying a used rig.... go out and have some fun.......
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I believe you got some good info here, we have had a few RV's and I still buy used one.
what ever you get, go and have fun
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Buying used is a great idea for a first MH but be SURE to have a qualified tech inspect it first so you know what you are getting into. My first MH cost me 12k to buy and another 10k to get road ready even though it looked new. I was a newbie and didn't know what to look for. Got an expensive lesson. Good luck!
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