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Old 05-21-2012, 07:42 PM   #1
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We are full time and expecting in 4 weeks, we currently have a discovery 39l, 2006 model. There is a window seat in the bedroom that we are changing into a toddler bed temporarily, and thought to make the changes for a flat screen. I also thought it might be nice to put a buffet in place of the dinette, a sectional in place of the sofa, re doing the kitchen counter extension, and getting the 07 or later over head consol, I can get it done for under 10k. My query is, is it worth it? How's my return? It's probably worth 100, we paid 110, can I get 125 with those improvements, or more. Keep in mind were gonna get a bunk house with in two years
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Old 05-22-2012, 06:59 PM   #2
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IMHO you should not assume you can recoup any improvements made to an RV. At present the RV market is very soft so getting a lot more money for a heavily improved unit would be difficult. There are so many up for sale that it is difficult to get buyers to appreciate the unique attributes of any specific units.

If you examine the NADA pricing guide you will get an appreciation of the fact that options/accessories add very little to the selling price (or loan value) of an RV. Even the most expensive options, for example satellite dishes, have a poor return and they are probably more significant to many buyers than are the kinds of changes you are considering.

IMHO you should make whatever changes you want and can afford, but don't assume you will get any of the money back. Just make the changes and enjoy them. That's what we're doing in the MH we full-time in, but that may not be a good decision if you plan to trade it in ~2 years.
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In the real world, RVs are selling for NADA low retail. I doubt if you can recoup your your initial investment, much less the added cost of the upgrades. An RV is a declining asset.

If you are planing to replace it in 2 years, I would do minimal upgrades and enjoy what you have.

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Well I'm about half way through my crib refit, I should have taken a before pic. What I've done so far is remove the old giant heavy tv and cabinetry, reroute the wiring, and modified a crib from Walmart. Cost for the whole project was about $200 (150 for the crib plus hardware and some 1x pine). I took care in taking the old cabinets down and have enough finish material so I don't even have to stain. I'll let you know when it's done.
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