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Old 03-14-2015, 07:49 AM   #281
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Pretty much what I was thinking too. Must be problematic never using facilities anywhere but home.
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Old 03-14-2015, 09:00 AM   #282
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Why not...I'll jump in. I have several times thought of changing from our 26' TT to a Class A. So, have several times looked at the costs to do so and the "New vs. Used" has no doubt come in to play. First, to look at MH's that are 2-4 years old you might as well look at New. What I find is folks purchase these things use and or abuse them and then decided to sell them. but they then look at their loan ballance and say.... What...

The industry has over the past 10 years gone to 15 or 20 year loans to keep the payments down, they load up the motorhome with all the gadgets, add Sales Tax and Registration to the price and all of a sudden they are in to the unit deep... Now they go to sell the unit 3 to 4 years down the road and either they walk away from their loans, pay big time to get out of them or just keep them.

Crazy as it seems the difference in a heavily discounted new MH isn't really that far off of a used 3 -4 year old unit... Folks always use the "MSRP" price to compare when we all know the starting point for a new MH is 25-30% off that price! So, when you start to put it down on paper, your really not that far off from a Brand new, with full factory warranty unit... Heck the cost of adding an extended warranty to a used coach could be the difference in reality..

I'm not pushing either, just from what I see. Sure, 10 year old MH's are less, what I am seeing there isn't many available I'd buy.... you would probably need, New Tires, New Batteries, Full Service, and what ever else needs to be fixed and you would still have a 10 year old unit!

Furthermore, folks that need financing I believe New is less ... but I may be wrong.

I'd like to see some current example of good deal 2-3 year old 32' units for sale that are at a great price... looking at RVtrader.com there isn't a bunch of units for sale that offer a great discount today..

But, then again if were talking a $500,000 coach vs $250,000 used 5 years old one may make the case to go for it.
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Old 03-14-2015, 09:21 AM   #283
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I am sure it isn't a good investing . But I have many bad ones in the past , have got used to it how it feels . ( cars boats trucks vacation trips etc.) LoL
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Old 03-14-2015, 09:29 AM   #284
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Very, very few people would take care of a motorhome the way I take care of my (bought new) motorhome. I know it inside and out and treat it well. Im not saying I'd never buy used but it would have to be coach that I had personal knowledge of and was comfortable that the previous owner(s) knew what they were doing and kept up the maintenance.
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Very, very few people would take care of a motorhome the way I take care of my (bought new) motorhome. I know it inside and out and treat it well. Im not saying I'd never buy used but it would have to be coach that I had personal knowledge of and was comfortable that the previous owner(s) knew what they were doing and kept up the maintenance.
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Very, very few people would take care of a motorhome the way I take care of my (bought new) motorhome. I know it inside and out and treat it well. Im not saying I'd never buy used but it would have to be coach that I had personal knowledge of and was comfortable that the previous owner(s) knew what they were doing and kept up the maintenance.


The strange thing is every single motorhome or RV owner I've ever come across says the same thing you do. "Nobody maintain the unit like I do,"

So where do all these abused units come from it nobody does it?
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The strange thing is every single motorhome or RV owner I've ever come across says the same thing you do. "Nobody maintain the unit like I do,"

So where do all these abused units come from it nobody does it?
Not sure what "nobody maintain it like I do" means. We all have different standards of how we do things. You can ask three people how to do something and get 5 answers.

Regarding the abused units. There are two answers:
1) There are a number of posters on this forum who have said they had the coach from hell which they dumped the unit back on the market.

2) There are not many folks who would post that they had trashed the unit and then sold it to some unsuspecting buyer. Although I would bet money that units have been sold by sellers who know and did not disclose serious flaws in their unit.
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The previous owner of mine not only took good care of it and kept records of what was done to it I've got all the receipts and what he paid for it... He added almost every upgrade or add on to it you could think of...... Paint all looks new... I serviced it had a set of tires put on it and it drives like a Town car ... Is it better than a new one No and yes some. Mine is a 32 Monaco Dynasty 5.9 3020 Alison 6speed with less than 70,000 miles on it, I had a buddy at the Kenworth place check it all out and said it was good for 200,000 miles LOL ..... got 12 MPG on the 130 gal tank .. I like it and THANK the First owner !
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Not sure what "nobody maintain it like I do" means. We all have different standards of how we do things. You can ask three people how to do something and get 5 answers.

Regarding the abused units. There are two answers:
1) There are a number of posters on this forum who have said they had the coach from hell which they dumped the unit back on the market.

2) There are not many folks who would post that they had trashed the unit and then sold it to some unsuspecting buyer. Although I would bet money that units have been sold by sellers who know and did not disclose serious flaws in their unit.


Two words, "due diligence".

I'm pretty sure anyone who's had an RV more than a year could spot a trashed unit in 5 minutes or less.

If they don't spend 5 minutes looking, can't be bothered to find / hire someone to do it for them, or just doesn't care and takes the word of the seller / salesman and buys it anyways, they deserve owning a piece of junk IMHO.
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The strange thing is every single motorhome or RV owner I've ever come across says the same thing you do. "Nobody maintain the unit like I do,"

So where do all these abused units come from it nobody does it?
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After 6 used rvs we are enjoying our first new one in retirement. Good warranties and no worries were more important beginning retirement. We think we did pretty well with the purchase. Compared to sleeping in a motel and dinning out, our rv is a good investment. We have waited 37 years to be free to camp as ma y nights as we want. Year one in the new coach we slept 50 nights. We purchased a smaller class C not a huge coach.
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Two words, "due diligence".

I'm pretty sure anyone who's had an RV more than a year could spot a trashed unit in 5 minutes or less.

If they don't spend 5 minutes looking, can't be bothered to find / hire someone to do it for them, or just doesn't care and takes the word of the seller / salesman and buys it anyways, they deserve owning a piece of junk IMHO.
"due diligence" does not ensure you will get the perfect coach. It will mean you have taken steps to reasonably ensure you did not get one with discoverable problems.

If a used coach came with a 100% warranty at no extra cost covering the entire unit you may be close.
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Lemons are built in the same factory as the good rigs..... good luck finding out weather you got a good one before the warranty runs out are not..
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"due diligence" does not ensure you will get the perfect coach. It will mean you have taken steps to reasonably ensure you did not get one with discoverable problems.

If a used coach came with a 100% warranty at no extra cost covering the entire unit you may be close.

Because we all know there's never any issues with new coaches, you get a perfect coach every time.

An RV tech who knows what they're doing costs about $100 / hour. It might take them a second hour to give a coach a real good look over. Ditto a knowledgeable mechanic. So for under $500 you know what you're looking at buying.

As for warranty, even if you wanted to they're out there, numerous companies offer them. But with just a mere fraction of the savings you could do a LOT of repairs, and at any place YOU choose, not who the manufacturer TELLS you take it to.
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