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Old 04-05-2015, 02:46 PM   #1
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Total Investment in RV Improvements and Accessories

I was looking at a new RV at a Rally and considered trading in for something newer. The salesman asked what I wanted for my RV in trade. I noticed and pointed out all the items and upgrades the new coach didn't have that mine did. That made me think about what I invested in suspension improvements, adding a quality camera system, solar system, exhaust system, replacing decals with paint, LED lighting, and more. So I told him $20K over market value and he told me to keep it.
I could not see myself making the same improvements on a brand new coach and not getting some of my money back on my old.
Later I sat down and made a list by category of improvements and accessories to my RV. Suspension, Solar, Electric/Electronics, Exhaust System, Roof, Engine, Exterior, and Interior. HOLY CRAP it totaled up to over $29K and it was well spent. I am sure my investment would be a lot less if I was a weekend warrior, But I am a full timer.

How about you? How much have you $pent on item$ that remain on and in your RV? I am not talking about new tires or awnings as that is just replacing something broken or worn out. And not talking about dishes, bedding and portable BBQs as that is transferable to a new coach.

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Old 04-05-2015, 03:12 PM   #2
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Doggy, I wished I had the extras to add on, I feel lucky just to stay up with general repairs and upkeep to my 2003 Itasca on workhorse with 8.1......seems like every time I take her out, something needs to be repaired or replaced. Gale

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Old 04-05-2015, 04:30 PM   #3
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Add ons are for our enjoyment, as a prospective buyer usually won't value them as much... You'd be lucky to get 20 cents on the dollar. Upkeep and maintenance items also don't add any value. My car isn't worth more than list because I've done 2 oil changes a year. If you're into trading often, keep it stock. If you're in it for the long run then might as well make it yours.

My list so far: low pressure lp port for the BBQ, better shower head, better shower curtain rod, hdmi to the TV (instead of rca), led lights, electric tongue jack, 100w solar, battery voltage monitor, lp fridge arp, hardwired surge protector, tire tpms, foldable outside grab bar, vent covers, and that's just what I can remember from the last 12 months!
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Old 04-05-2015, 04:55 PM   #4
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Extra's might make your rig easier to sell but really add very little value at resell. The best way to get any money on your extra investment is if you can remove it from the unit and sell it separate.
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Old 04-05-2015, 05:52 PM   #5
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I don't think I want to know how much extra I've put into it.
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Old 04-05-2015, 06:39 PM   #6
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I've spent 7-8 thousand in upgrades and updates. Just about that much in maintenance and repairs. This is more than I would spend on my S&B but the view from the window is much better and warmer.
My upgrades an remodels were reupholstering, paint inside, flooring, TVs, satellite, installing shades, upgrading batteries and adding an inverter.
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Old 04-05-2015, 06:50 PM   #7
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When I trade Rv's I remove every thing I ever put on it regardless how trivial. They don't give a crap about what you out on them. When I traded for this thor I removed my extra battery, so,ar panels, inverter, thermostat, max air vents satellite dish spare tire I paid extra for low pressure propane outlet and many other things I can't remember. They will not allow you a single red cent over their imaginary trade in value.
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Old 04-06-2015, 07:22 AM   #8
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That's how I plan on keeping myself from wanting to trade, having to start over.

I'm thinking my next mod will be adding ventilated and massage to the front seats.

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Old 04-06-2015, 07:35 AM   #9
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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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Old 04-06-2015, 09:51 AM   #10
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I'm at $63K. That is over 10 years. Mostly it has been chassis and exterior enhancements. The interior will be up for enhancement in about 2 years.
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Unfortunately many RV owners are "gadget" people, constantly looking for ways to improve the unit. The purchase price is just the start, I'm amazed how it adds up.

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I don't think I want to know how much extra I've put into it.
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To the OP: what prompted you to think about trading up? There must have been something in the new unit you liked, or something in your present one that is missing.
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Old 04-06-2015, 12:37 PM   #14
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No plans to ever trade my MH I bought over 12 years 8 months ago. I have spent too much time getting it the way I want. All expenses on a spreadsheet.
Add ons spent 19K on them, 15K on coach repairs and replacements.
5K on chassis repairs & replacements 4K on chassis maintenance and tires less then 3K but that will go up in May when I replace my 10 year old G670's

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