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Old 04-06-2015, 02:34 PM   #15
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We have probably spent about $15K in improvements since buying the MH. Hopefully we can recover at least part of this if we sell to an individual, but none if we trade it in!
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"no dear, that Silverleaf has been installed for YEARS, you must have not noticed it until now"

Worked for my Pop, works for me (okay, it doesn't really work, but it's better than counting the money one spends on boats, RVs, or airplanes, trust me)

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Old 04-06-2015, 02:55 PM   #17
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I bought my last and final coach second. The first one was a 1992 36 foot Airstream Landyacht and within a year I knew that I needed more inside and outside storage plus slide-outs so my dog and I didn't have to do the doe-si-doe down the center aisle.

I bought the 2002 Monaco Windsor PBT in 2003 after considerable research and financed it for 20 years knowing that I would be upside-down quickly.

I have customized it to make it mine exactly the way I want it with convenience items and have put thousands into it. I really don't want to know how much as the cost doesn't matter as much as the satisfaction and convenience all of it has made to improve my RV lifestyle.

I have NO interest in doing this over one more time. I love to look but no desire to buy because to get what I have now would cost me well over $500K.

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When we bought the Magna we got a good price and put enough down that we will never be underwater on it but the engine repair sure doesn't help the balance sheet! I'm not sure (if you could even get one) what a new Magna would cost but this one had a million sticker in 2009.
And the bold above pretty much sums it up!
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Old 04-06-2015, 03:24 PM   #18
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I don't think I want to know how much extra I've put into it.
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I don't blame you.

The OP's question made me wonder, so I roughly added it up.

In 14 years, 113k miles, I spent/lost/used up more than $450,000.00 on my coach that I will never get back.

I was a lot happier not knowing that.

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Old 04-06-2015, 03:29 PM   #19
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I don't blame you.

The OP's question made me wonder, so I roughly added it up.

In 14 years, 113k miles, I spent/lost/used up more than $450,000.00 on my coach that I will never get back.

I was a lot happier not knowing that.

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Does that mean that if you could do it all over again you wouldn't do it? I'm betting you would. Hopefully I'll have enough money set aside for when I need it, but I don't worry about the money I spent on things I enjoyed.
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Old 04-06-2015, 04:22 PM   #20
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I don't blame you.

The OP's question made me wonder, so I roughly added it up.

In 14 years, 113k miles, I spent/lost/used up more than $450,000.00 on my coach that I will never get back.

I was a lot happier not knowing that.

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Mel, that only $31,579 per year, or $2671 per month, or only $87 per day.
When you think about it, $87 a day isn't bad. Some people pay more than that for a round of golf!😀😇😋
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Old 04-06-2015, 07:01 PM   #21
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Does that mean that if you could do it all over again you wouldn't do it? I'm betting you would. Hopefully I'll have enough money set aside for when I need it, but I don't worry about the money I spent on things I enjoyed.
Yes I would. But the 2nd time around I'd spend it a little faster!
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Old 04-07-2015, 05:10 AM   #22
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We've made a number of up grades to our 2000 DSDP. Most recently a residential fridge, 42" Samsung HDTV in a custom cabinet across from two new recliners, and new carpet. We've also added 4 solar panels, AGM batteries, Magnum 2800 Watt PSW inverter, outside freezer, Trav'ler HD sat. dish, full body paint, hard wired surge protector, and a few odds & end. We did this to make the coach more livable for us. The next thing will be new tires. It'll be on the market next year, but have no intention of trading it in.
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Old 04-07-2015, 06:52 AM   #23
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In the last 3 years that I have owned my second and last coach, I have not spent insane amounts of money on it, but the amount of time making repairs and improvements to make it mine, sometime seems insane. I have come to enjoy?? !! working on it. Back in the 80s I ran stock-cars, 500-1000 dollars a week to keep it competitive, loved doing it, so money was just the drug that I needed to get my high on saturday nite at the track. Some weeks We won enough to pay for following week, most, not the case, money well spent?,no,no,no, would I do it again? in a heartbeat!, Well if I was 25 again!!!. I try not to think about all the money that has already gone down the drain , because if I did, I would be having a panic attack right now!,instead I think of how many years I realisticly have left to really enjoy life before its time for the long dirt nap, and as long as money holds out till then,mh and money spent on it,worth it.
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We bought our first RV sept 2013 at a good price but it needed love. It was one of those deals that we like it but let me think about it and the consignment place called the owner and tell him the fish is walking away and I was the fish. He dropped the price and paid cash for it. So everything we have done to my DW RV is to make it hers. A lot of upgrades catch up on lack of maintenance and she the RV is running and driving great because of this site. Will we upgrade to a newer one right now noway.


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Old 04-07-2015, 11:12 AM   #25
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I wouldn't consider replacing worn or tired cushion furniture as an upgrade, nor replacing old refrig's, micro's or upgrading TV's from tube to flat screen. I agree with the dealer that the upgrades are useless on trade. If I were looking at a used rig whether at a dealer or private I would not consider one dime into my price based on upgrades. If its worn or broke, da, it needed to be replaced anyways. Upgrades are very subjective to those that add them. Maybe because I am not a full timer but frankly I don't understand those that want to change so much on something that they just dropped $2,3,4,500K on. I guess if I was full time and spend all of my time in my rig day in and out perhaps staring at the same fixture or furniture or whatever I would want to change it too. I know just looking at Camping Worlds emails and catalog I think I need things that I know I already have, but shiny "new" always looks better e.g. a propane grill. I like my rig just the way I bought it, sure this year I added new MaxxAirs and a better shower head but anything else, unless it breaks is just fine by me.
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I think most people that make the upgrades aren't doing it to sell them. I have no idea why the OP thought he should get 20k more for his coach Bob cause of the upgrades it had that the new coach didn't. If I had the means to buy a new coach, I would buy one that has what I want in it. Obviously, unless you custom order a coach, there is always something else you might want in it.
I bought my coach a little over 11 years old in a down economy. I considered all the improvements of reupholstering, flat screens, new flooring all to be upgrades.
Taking out one of those uncomfortable j-lounges and replacing them with 2 comfortable recliners sure was also. I didn't do it to expect more for it, I did it because the RV looks like an RV, and I wanted it to look like home.
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