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Old 05-02-2015, 06:52 AM   #1
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How old is your coach? How long will you keep it?

When I read through the various forums there is usually lots of talk about new coaches.

Which got me thinking. How old is your current coach, and how long will you keep it ideally? Is there ever a point that a coaches value is still high enough to consider trading/selling before it passes an imaginary age that it becomes dramatically harder to sell, or begins to lose value more rapidly?

Our current Winnebago Aspect (Ford E450) is a 2011, and we think that at about 10 years old is when we will move on. it currently has 24000 miles on it and we put about 5000 miles on it yearly - so it would be 10 years old with 50,000 miles on it when we sell it potentially. Based on similar units that are currently 10 years old with that type of mileage there still seems to be pretty good value left in them...but a few more years and miles down the road they start to really lose value in my opinion.

I also am intrigued when I see people with older well cared for coaches really getting there moneys worth, which also seems to make a ton of sense.

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Old 05-02-2015, 07:11 AM   #2
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Ours is a 2000 Dutch Star diesel with a little over 95K on the odometer. We've been fulltime for 5yrs. and have loved almost every minute of it. A couple glitches through the years, but all in all it's been a great coach. This will be our last year on the road. Coach is or will be for sale as we plan on doing some overseas travel before father time catches up with us. We'll hate to get rid of her after all the upgrades we've done, but things always change.

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Old 05-02-2015, 07:14 AM   #3
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2001 Coachmen Mirada, Ford F53 chassis with a little over 60k miles on it.

We bought it "New to Us" last fall ($13k) , November 2014. Brought all the preventative maintenance up to date right after buying it. We put 6000 miles on it so far.

Currently its in excellent shape, we're doing little projects on it to bring it up to current technology (LCD TV, Converters, etc.

We'll probably keep this one 4-5 years, then maybe go with something a little larger for retirement.
1999 Fleetwood Southwind 35S (Ford F53 6.8L V10) - Toad 2003 Saturn Vue.

It won't do MACH 2, but I can get a sandwich and take a pee.
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Old 05-02-2015, 07:59 AM   #4
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2002 Monaco Windsor delivered in September 2001. One of the very first 2002 models built.

Purchased it from original owners December 2003 and will keep it until I am finished traveling and/or using it. Then either one of my sons will hopefully decide that they would like it or they may decide to sell it.

Just because it is an older coach doesn't make it useless.

Would you want your family to "put you out to pasture" once you get too old?

Luckily I did a LOT of research and found myself a GREAT coach from the beginning with no desires to change or purchase new.

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Old 05-02-2015, 08:17 AM   #5
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Mines a 1998. 18 years old. Plan is to keep it 7 more years and see were we at at.
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Old 05-02-2015, 08:24 AM   #6
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My RV, is a 2005, Fleetwood Providence. The first and last coach that I will ever buy. I'll be 77 this year, and the coach is just perfect for us and is in great condition. It had about 8,000 miles, when I bought it and now has about 65,000 miles. No reason to trade up.
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Old 05-02-2015, 08:30 AM   #7
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We have been curiously looking around at what an upgrade for us might be and just are not very impressed with the "value vs. $$$" comparison in what we are finding. And we would hate to give up all of the mods we have made to our current coach.

We will become FTers this Fall. That will be the acid test. Notwithstanding the FTer test, for us, to change any time soon would be a really tough decision. We'll prolly stay with our 2005 for another 5 years, or so, I imagine.

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Old 05-02-2015, 08:40 AM   #8
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Ours is an '03 Allegro Bus with 23000 miles on it. Made several upgrades with more planned. Plan to keep it until one of us (me, dw or the bus) can't go anymore. However, plans can change depending mostly on dw.
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Old 05-02-2015, 08:45 AM   #9
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Ten years old this year, no need to look for something else, as we have done a ton of upgrades. As many have said, buy a high end coach from a quality builder, and you can likely keep it a long time if you choose.
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Old 05-02-2015, 09:17 AM   #10
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Mine is a '98 that we purchased from the original owners in '00. Primary use for many years was as a tow vehicle to transport us and our equipment to racing events across the country. Secondary benefit was use as a "motel room" to dry camp at the events and while en route.

The past few years our priorities have changed a bit and we (I) am learning to enjoy the RV lifestyle aspect of the coach. It is an adjustment to alter old habits and activities plus slow life's pace in general. My wife in particular is enjoying visiting destinations that previously were seen only through the windshield.

While not as clean as most on the forum, the ol' girl is still presentable and has a storied history. We have no plans to "upgrade" but I learned long ago to never say "never"! .
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Old 05-02-2015, 09:28 AM   #11
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We 'upgraded' from our 2003 Endeavor to our current 2009 Diplomat, it was with the intent that this would be the last MH until I am not longer able to drive. At least that was my thoughts! On our current vacation, I have met several people that are past the age that I thought I would have to stop driving, so...... I am not sure how long we will keep this MH but for now it is set up well enough for our liking and is in real good condition.
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Old 05-02-2015, 04:57 PM   #12
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We bought our current motorhome in March of 2010 and it had 31,700 miles on it. It now has almost 128,000 on it and by the end of June will have over 1301K miles on it. We considered trying to down size to 34 or 36 but can't see a way financially to do that so we'll keep this one - have absolutely no desire for anything larger. This is our forth motorhome and the largest. We also have had a large 5th wheel and pickups with campers.
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Old 05-02-2015, 05:09 PM   #13
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I enjoy seeing the photos of nice older coaches. Mine needs some paint love.
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Old 05-02-2015, 05:42 PM   #14
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We traded our 93 Kountry Star for This Coach. Still learning where everything goes.

2001 Itasca Horizon 36LD, we love it so far. Can't see trading it for a long while. Only has 82,000 miles on it and is in good shape.

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