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Old 10-03-2013, 06:43 PM   #15
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Good morning everyone,

Now that we have bought a new to us coach and have a 15 year loan, I plan on being in it a while. When we lived in a house, we moved about every 7 years, but now we can just drive to a new location whenever.

So my question is, how long do most of you keep a coach before selling and buying again? Is staying in one for 10 years considered long? Just kind of curious.

The rule of theumb used to be when the ash trays get full it's time to trade it off. Since none that I know of come with ash trays, and neither of us smoke it complicates things. We kept our first motorhome over 12 years and put on over 100,000 miles. The new one is only 5 months old, but already has 10,000 miles on the odometer. I'm guessing we'll keep this one for at least another 100,000 miles or 12 years. Which ever comes first.

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Old 10-03-2013, 06:52 PM   #16
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We bought our first one in 1987, a class 'C', and kept it for 11 years. The next 2 (small class 'A' gas) we had only a few years each, and then traded for the diesel in '03. I've added some nice upgrades along the way, take good care of it, and store indoors. With only 55,000 miles, I'd say she's got a ways to go. We have no plans on selling or trading anytime soon.

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Old 10-04-2013, 08:46 AM   #17
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We bought our first RV ...and only so far ...10 years ago. So far we have yet to see one we like better. Sure, there may be a little feature or two we would like to have, but overall we are very happy with our 2003 coach.
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Old 10-04-2013, 09:03 AM   #18
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We bought our First Class A (94 Bounder) when it was already 10 years old but it was in great condition. It served our traveling needs for four years. When retirement was within site we purchased the coach we have now (also used) and it will serve us until we come off the road. It has everything we need and we really enjoy the 5-6 months a year that we spend in it. Oh and what's really nice is it's PAID FOR.
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Old 10-04-2013, 09:13 AM   #19
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Bought my 2002 Monaco Windsor in December 2003. Been paying on it and living in it since then. Should have it paid off in another 10 years.

No plans to change as I have customized this coach to exactly the way I want it. Besides, to purchase a decent quality coach today takes a half million dollars or more. They are not what they use to be back in 2002.

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Old 10-05-2013, 04:01 AM   #20
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Well. My first RV was a new '96, 23' Jayco Eagle 5er. slept in it 7 nights, decided it was too small. Traded it for a 27' Eagle with 1 slide. I bought a 1 ton single wheel truck to pull it with. Slept in it 11 nights, got home one night at 2 in the morning, had to wake the 2 daughters up to put them to bed. Decided a motorhome would be better. So, traded the 5er in for the '97 (new) Jayco, class c 3230 with 1 slide. Had it for 10 years. All this trading with the same dealer, he gave us exactly what we paid for each unit towards the next one. He even bought my truck for what I paid for it (I didn't even buy it from him). Traded the class c in on a new Keystone Challenger 5er with 3 slides. Had it for 5 years, just traded it for a 2000 Southwind gasser, got what I think was a great deal. I can easily have it paid for in 6 months. Save some cash. See how we like the class a. Then start trading up (with cash) till we get just what we want/like.
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:18 AM   #21
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I asked this question of an RV dealer after learning that I have negative equity towards a trade. That was a shock, because the last I'd checked, I owed less than what it was worth; now 7 years in to the coach and the tables have turned. So the dealer said if you plan to use your RV for trade in purposes, you can expect the value to start depreciating after 5 years. I, too, thought this 2nd coach would be my last, but my lifestyle has changed significantly.
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Old 10-10-2013, 04:29 PM   #22
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We bought our first RV ...and only so far ...10 years ago. So far we have yet to see one we like better. Sure, there may be a little feature or two we would like to have, but overall we are very happy with our 2003 coach.
This sounds like us We are on our first RV, dh calls it our starter RV, but even through all the looking before and after I haven't seen anything I like as well or better than this one.

So for us it will be when we find something better in about 7-10 years Of course we'll do our usual, he'll want it now and I'll drag my feet as long as possible
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Old 10-11-2013, 09:55 AM   #23
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I read an article a few months back from one of the RV industry magazines that said the average MH ownership is 3-4 years. Interestingly enough, the more expensive the MH, the more often it's ownership changes.
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Old 10-11-2013, 10:13 AM   #24
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Old 10-11-2013, 10:26 PM   #25
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We bought our very first RV in 2009. It was a 2005 Georgie Boy Landau 35 ft with 3 slides and was gas. We just traded it in on a 2008 Thor Four Winds Mandalay 40G with 25,000 miles. This will be our last Rv. We lucked out with this one because it has everything we wanted in a new RV plus some options we never even thought about. We used the first one to learn what exactly we would want in a new to us coach. I never buy new.
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Old 10-12-2013, 01:12 AM   #26
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When we shopped as prospective full timers, we decided to try to buy our last MH first (because of the costs associated with depreciation). Yes we bought new. Then we did pay a substantial amount down, to avoid being upside down, if something happened during the first couple of years (health...not what we thought...etc). Taking this approach and at our price point, we sought and found MH that pretty much fits everything we wanted and it's hard to see any innovations that would cause us to change. You never know, but taking this approach, I think we're in the coach we'll be in 10-15 years from now, health willing.

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