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Old 05-08-2012, 12:17 AM   #1
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Newbie from Switzerland/Denmark doing 4 month road trip with family

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We're a Danish family living in Switzerland who have decided to do a four month trip trough the US in a motorhome. Renting seemed excessively expensive, so we chose to buy a preowned vehicle and will be selling it again towards the end of our trip in mid August.

Any suggestions on where to sell it and how to go about would be greatly appreciated.

We bought a very clean 2006 Winnebago Outlook / Minnie in excellent condition and with only 21'000 miles on the clock. By the time we are done there will probably be about 30'000 miles on it.

We are one month into our trip now and have made it from Florida to New Orleans (first two weeks were spent buying the RV). We have not set a fixed route but kind of think of going from NO north to Memphis, then Oklahoma City, Santa Fe, stay in the Four Corners area for a couple of weeks (Mesa Verde, Grand Canyon, Bryce, etc.), head for Joshua Tree NP arriving in San Diego towards the end of June. Beginning going up the coast in July and then end up anywhere between Seattle WA and Austin TX in order to sell (with a crying eye, I'm sure, but there is just no way we can bring this 31 footer to Europe - way to expensive). I was thinking Arizona might be a good place to sell - however the snow birds ain't coming down until about October, I've been told.

Any other suggestions on what we should see and do on this trip together with our almost 5 year old twins Sofia and Victor is also appreciated. My wife and I have traveled a lot in the US already (I did a 21'000 miles motorcycle tour in 1995 and have been back several times since then - have covered 45 states by now), so we know the standard tourist sights and where to go (National Parks, cities, and the like). But RVing is new to us, so anything special in that respect has interest.

Cheers and thanks for listening,
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Old 05-08-2012, 12:32 AM   #2
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Welcome .
If I were doing the same trip I would be advertising Your Rig overseas to someone else who wants to do a similar vacation! You may not get the whole cost back but will do better than selling to an American Buyer!
The other possible option would be to store the Rig and return in a Year or Two to continue the Journey.
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Welcome Klaus,
It sounds like you and your family have a wonderful trip planned. One thing is for sure, this is a big country and there are so many varied and beautiful places to visit. Taking the time that you are, you will have plenty of time to talk to other travelers and pick out new destinations to fill in the gaps in your itinerary.

As for the sale of the RV, you might consider starting marketing it online soon and looking for a buyer that will accept delivery at the end of your time here in the states. That will help determine the final destination as you plan out the final days to coincide with the potential buyer's location.

There are pitfalls to that approach, but it is an idea.

Safe travels.
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Welcome Klaus!

There is another couple from Denmark that come to the U.S. every year and travel in their motorhome. They should be along shortly with some information, or look them up in the members list. They are "The Dames Are Coming" (you can send them a PM) and they store their 40 footer each year in Texas. Just something to consider if you plan on coming back.
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Welcome and have a great trip...
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Hello Folks, welcome to IRV2. Sounds like you have a nice trip planned. I can't help you with info about selling. Have a safe and fun filled trip.
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Hi Klaus! Welcome to the USA and to IRV2! Good luck and have fun on your trip! God bless!
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p.s., we met a couple from England that purchased a 28 ft Class C from a dealer in Florida. The dealer said he would buy it back from them on their return. They made a trip all over the U.S., and then returned to port of origin and sold it back to the dealer. I don't know how much loss they too on it, but it seems better than renting at high prices.
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Thanks Rob

Yes, that sounds like a good idea. I will try and find the proper forums in Denmark, Switzerland and Germany.

Also plan B was what I had in mind. Leaving the RV somewhere and then coming back next year to do another 3-4 weeks (can't do 4 months every year, gotta work once in a while as well :-). Might even consider renting it out to close friends and family in the mean time. Just have to figure out what the price should be and how this works with the insurance.
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p.s., we met a couple from England that purchased a 28 ft Class C from a dealer in Florida. The dealer said he would buy it back from them on their return. They made a trip all over the U.S., and then returned to port of origin and sold it back to the dealer. I don't know how much loss they too on it, but it seems better than renting at high prices.
I asked several dealers whether they would consider a Buy-Back option and all of them said no. Unfortunately - also for them - I think there is a marked for this segment. People will treat the RV much better than when renting and it is them who take the risk. In return they get it cheaper than when renting.
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Welcome Klaus!

There is another couple from Denmark that come to the U.S. every year and travel in their motorhome. They should be along shortly with some information, or look them up in the members list. They are "The Dames Are Coming" (you can send them a PM) and they store their 40 footer each year in Texas. Just something to consider if you plan on coming back.
Hey, great! Thanks for that hint. I found there homepage (Danes on tour) which contains a lot of useful information for us.
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