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Old 02-17-2018, 04:14 PM   #1
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Will replacing sofas and dinette cushions add and value when selling

Hi,

The cabinetry and flooring in my 2005 Damon Daybreak are not so bad, but the sofas and dinnete cushions are ugly and uncomfortable. I have already replaced the head banger TV with an LCD and cd stereo with a blue tooth version.

The sofa bed is so uncomfortable that guests use an air bed.

If I changed the sofas and dinnete cushions could I expect to get any of the cost back if selling privately?

The reason I ask is we plan to change the coach in the next year or two.

Thanks,
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My guess is you won't necessarily recoup the costs, but it will probably help you sell it quicker and easier. If someone is comparing your updated version with an older-looking version, I'd think they'd choose yours. They might pay a slight bit more, but I wouldn't do it for that reason. I'd do it for my enjoyment.
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My guess is you won't necessarily recoup the costs, but it will probably help you sell it quicker and easier. If someone is comparing your updated version with an older-looking version, I'd think they'd choose yours. They might pay a slight bit more, but I wouldn't do it for that reason. I'd do it for my enjoyment.
Great point.

Thats what I was thinking while out walking the dog.
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"Will replacing sofas and dinette cushions add and value when selling"


No.

RVs, particularly towables and low-end self-propelled versions, are depreciating assets.

At 6 months old they do not hold anything close to their off off-the-lot pricing.

It is most egregious for towables. There are no safety standards, there is no industry standard (unless one call mediocrity a standard), and they are built using crude, low-tech components, by mostly unskilled low paid workers.

They lose value extremely quickly, and consequently you rapidly descend to a residual value that is no approximation of original cost. Velvet dice from the rear view mirror (or any other frill) adds no appreciable value.
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"Will replacing sofas and dinette cushions add and value when selling"


No.

RVs, particularly towables and low-end self-propelled versions, are depreciating assets.

At 6 months old they do not hold anything close to their off off-the-lot pricing.

It is most egregious for towables. There are no safety standards, there is no industry standard (unless one call mediocrity a standard), and they are built using crude, low-tech components, by mostly unskilled low paid workers.

They lose value extremely quickly, and consequently you rapidly descend to a residual value that is no approximation of original cost. Velvet dice from the rear view mirror (or any other frill) adds no appreciable value.

Thanks,

I guessed that was the way.
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It won't add value but will make it more desirable.
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It won't add value but will make it more desirable.

Thats great to hear.
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I tend to agree, but it also depends on how bad of condition they are in. Normal wear is one thing, if it looks like it has been shredded by a wild animal thats another. You don't want potential buyers instantly tallying up all the money they are going to have to spend on an RV to make it functional. So while it may not add value, it may allow for a quicker sell, at a slightly higher price, though unless it is DIY project, or some other bargain, chances are it is at best a financial break even prospect.
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I tend to agree, but it also depends on how bad of condition they are in. Normal wear is one thing, if it looks like it has been shredded by a wild animal thats another. You don't want potential buyers instantly tallying up all the money they are going to have to spend on an RV to make it functional. So while it may not add value, it may allow for a quicker sell, at a slightly higher price, though unless it is DIY project, or some other bargain, chances are it is at best a financial break even prospect.
Thanks Issac,

They are both in fine condition. The passenger one is comfortable but the driver's one is not great. My wife uses the passenger one (its shorter) and I make the dinette in to a day bed to watch tv.
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I concur with GG; change it out to what you like. You will enjoy the next year or two much more. It may also help with the sale, if not the price.

You may also keep it longer............................

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What if you just saved the old cushions and when you sold it the new purchase would have a choice, or you could change everything back to original?

We have never came close to getting back from a RV what we had in it, monetarily speaking. We did however, make whatever changes we thought were necessary for our comfort while we had it.

Best of luck with the decision.

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My guess is you won't necessarily recoup the costs, but it will probably help you sell it quicker and easier. If someone is comparing your updated version with an older-looking version, I'd think they'd choose yours. They might pay a slight bit more, but I wouldn't do it for that reason. I'd do it for my enjoyment.
Couldn't have said it better myself.
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