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Old 12-11-2014, 08:40 AM   #1
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What's the average

We had a tt last year to try out how we would like camping. This year I sold it and bought the motorhome. That got me thinking what's the average most people keep an rv? How long have you had your current rv? Just curious

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Old 12-11-2014, 09:00 AM   #2
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Two years of research and shopping before ordering new. First and only RV going on 11 years, 70 thousand miles. Still suits us fine.

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Old 12-11-2014, 09:32 AM   #3
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Eights years on this one, our last forever. 5 years on the previous, then three RVs in quick succession before that: 2 years, one year, two years. Much of the reason for the quick changeovers was us discovering our wants and needs, plus a change in how we were using the RV, starting with 3 day trips but evolving towards long term travel (months at a stretch). Longer stays meant more room (and associated weight), and more home-like amenities.
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Old 12-11-2014, 09:53 AM   #4
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Owner of dealership where we purchased said the average RV owner will trade every 3.5 years. That's a little different question than how long someone owns an RV.
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Old 12-11-2014, 10:10 AM   #5
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We looked for ~2 years before we bought our first Class C, kept it for ~12 years. Bought new and put ~70K miles on it. Decided we needed something larger.

Started looking for a larger RV, took our time, considered Toy Haulers, Larger Class C's, Class A's gas & diesel. Took our time, looked an lots of RV's.

Got lucky and found our current coach, very well kept nice Class A diesel. Bought 6 years ago and will keep it until we are out of RVing (unless I win the Lotto )
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Old 12-11-2014, 10:10 AM   #6
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Kept 5er for almost 10 years, just traded to a MH in June
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Old 12-11-2014, 10:13 AM   #7
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10 years on 5er. Less than a year on the MH but can see it in our future for a long time.
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Old 12-11-2014, 10:50 AM   #8
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After the ground got too hard, we bought a used 19' hybrid TT, Roomy, but hated crawling over each other to get out of bed and traded after 2 seasons for 24' hard shell. We kept that for 3 seasons and it felt cramped with dog and two grandkids. Traded that on a new 34' fifth wheel that we've had 3 season in and still love. The only thing we need is better insulation as we want to spend a lot more time in it, but it will be at least two more years before another trade as it will require a bigger truck.
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Old 12-11-2014, 10:59 AM   #9
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We kept a 5er for 12 years before getting the MH in 2012. It will outlast us!
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Old 12-11-2014, 11:21 AM   #10
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We started with an 8' Lance camper that we kept for 3 years. We moved up to a 11'.3" Dolphin Camper for 2 years and then bought a new 11'.3" Lance camper that we kept for 8 years. When our daughters got a little older, we bought a new 27' Fleetwood Jamboree Class C that we kept for 14 years.

After the kids moved out, we bought a 2004 Fleetwood Terra that we hated and sold a year later. We decided to get our retirement RV a few years earlier and bought a new Monaco Diplomat that we kept for 9 years. We've now owned our 2014 Newmar Dutch Star for about a year. Unless something dramatically changes we hope to have this coach through the majority of our retirement years.
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Old 12-11-2014, 11:31 AM   #11
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3 years with a 5er and now in first year of MH.

Unless we hit the lotto, don't think we will ever purchase another.
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Old 12-11-2014, 01:35 PM   #12
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We are on our 4th in 10 years, but only had the last one about a year before getting this new one....
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Old 12-11-2014, 01:55 PM   #14
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Started with a '65 Shasta (bought in 1990) kept it until 2005.
Then a 28' Coachmen TT from 2000 to 2012.
Traded coachmen for current MH. Researched for about 2 days.
Realizing how lucky we were. Plan was to keep MH for 5 years and trade up after learning what we want.
Now that we have had the MH for 2 years, we will keep for a loooonnnggg time, it suits us real well and am having a blast with it.

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