Originally Posted by scorpodoc
Also a newbie..presently looking at new and used MH's and trying to get as much info as possible to make proper choice..used versus new can be a big deal when you look at depreciating value after buying new.. would appreciate any thoughts any one would have..
Happy to be in this forum!!
Buying new is great.. 'cause you're the only one who has slept in the bed.. and it has the new RV smell..
However, buying new, unfortunately, comes with the issue of being the QC police for the manufacturer that you purchase from (newsflash, they all have issues, just some more than others)..
Also, you would have to deal with the financial "hit" as some say.. but truth be told, if you're purchasing one just to buy another in a couple years, probably not the greatest strategy, but if you plan on keeping it awhile, then what's the big deal.. you only take the "hit" when you sell.. plus, its nice to get EXACTLY what you want, verses settling for a good deal..
On new, you'll have to be the one to "shake out" all the issues that arise.. good thing, it likely will be under warranty.. bad thing, it detracts from your purchase as you potentially could be spending lots of time getting everything corrected from the initial build process.. usually that depends on the dealer you purchase from..
I purchased new, and luckily, we've had very few issues to deal with.. it really seems to be a crap-shoot as to whether you get a good one or not.. I tell people all the time I must have gotten a Tuesday or Wednesday build, as I haven't had many problems.. and none serious..
Purchasing used.. again, a crap-shoot... are you getting one the previous owner shook out all the bugs and is ready to go.. or are you getting one where the previous owner "threw up his hands" and said "I'm not dealing with this crap anymore" and purchased another coach.. That is always the hard one to determine... If you've been reading and lurking in some of these forums, you'd be scared to death to purchase one with the issues people have talked about and gave up on.. scary indeed..
My bottom line advice.. If this is you're first RV, buy quick and cheap.. if you want a class A, buy a $10,000-$30,000 one and use it for a year or two.. get the lay of the land.. figure out what you like and don't like.. Then and only then will you have a greater understanding on what you really want..
Asking the question "what should I get" on this forum is great, and you'll get a TON of great advice.. but it may not work for YOU.. only you can decide.. so, buy a "trainer" RV and use it.. if you purchase a "cheap" one, and take care of it, and/or improve it, you will have a greater understanding of the systems involved.. great info to have rolling around the head..
If you don't like the lifestyle, you should be able to get out from under it with little or no loss.. and if you do like it, and want to upgrade, you have 1st hand information on what works best for you..
Best of luck !!