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Old 04-15-2012, 07:47 PM   #1
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When it is time to upgrade?

We just bought our 32' 2008 Freelander and although I am not looking at trading it anytime soon I was wondering something....this is our first motorhome and was wondering when is a good time to look at trading? Do people usually trade or ride them out until they can no longer run?
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Old 04-15-2012, 07:59 PM   #2
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The is no right time to "upgrade". The RV is a declining asset, so you are loosing money from the day you drive it or pull it off the lot.

When it no longer fits your needs or life style and you can afford to spend more money, I guess that is the right time.

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Old 04-15-2012, 08:21 PM   #3
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When it no longer fits your needs or life style and you can afford to spend more money, I guess that is the right time.

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My thoughts as well. The real trick is to buy the unit that satisfies current and anticipated needs...we got lucky with our purchase given our limited experience. The only 'upgrading' we'll do is to our current coach. Hopefully, this will be our first and last MH purchase. Bob
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Those were my thoughts as well. We are a young family (33,34) with 2 and a half kids (one due anyway) girls are 13 and 11. We fit just find and really don't see any reason for needing an upgrade. The next one we buy may be when we are ready to retire with the kids out of the house.
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Keep it as long as it suits your needs. There is nothing to be gained by trading just because you've had it awhile. The longer you keep it, the lower the average depreciation.
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Old 04-16-2012, 09:24 AM   #6
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+1 It's time to upgrade when you coach no longer fulfills your requirements.

It may, however, be worthwhile to mention that lending institutions sometimes limit the age of the vehicle they will lend on. When I was searching, I was told that I could not get a loan on anything older than 10 years. And so, if you plan to sell you coach rather than trade it in, you would want to upgrade when your coach is less than 10 years old to maximize your potential market.
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Some just want, and afford to update all the time. Then there are people like me, I like to get full value out of things, and have no desire to impress others, so I keep things forever.

My RV is a 1976 highway type MCI Bus. My Rototiller is a 1947 ROTOTILLER (says so right on the cowling), my motorcycle is a 195? Cushman Eagle. Old is better, things were really made back in "the old days".

IMHO, use it up, make it last, and to hell with the Joneses.


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The is no right time to "upgrade". The RV is a declining asset, so you are loosing money from the day you drive it or pull it off the lot.

When it no longer fits your needs or life style and you can afford to spend more money, I guess that is the right time.

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True to above. The wife and have a 5er that we like but if the right opportunity presented itself we would upgrade. My father and I spent 4 moths upgrading his first Allegro, when they started full timing, he made it out to Oregon called and said guess what...


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Keep it as long as it suits your needs. There is nothing to be gained by trading just because you've had it awhile. The longer you keep it, the lower the average depreciation.
I agree with this for sure.

We eventually knew that retirement was around the corner and trips would be longer duration and more room for storage would be needed so that's when we traded up.
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It's time to trade when you find something else you like better.
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This is why I like a 5r. Technology will make your running gear obsolete in a MH. I have a 94 Alpenlite which is well built but I am on my second truck. Better milage more power more brakes more comfortable. The RV can be sold as a second home in someones back yard when completely worn out. That will be when I am too old to tow it.
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I have been told that gas RV values go down sharply after 50,000 miles. This doesn't bother us since we keep ours a long time:
1976 Midas Mini, 97,000
1983 Winnebago Chieftain,115,000
1995 Safari Trek, 137,000
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My DW says my trading day are over. I wonder what she was talking about?
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