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Old 09-29-2010, 02:58 PM   #15
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For me, $13K for a 16 year old coach with a salvage title is too much. The coach may have retailed for around $50K or less when new.
The new price was $96 K according to the NADA list.

what would you feel would be a realistic price?
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Old 09-29-2010, 04:22 PM   #16
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The new price was $96 K according to the NADA list.

what would you feel would be a realistic price?
Blue Book low retail is about $12K. With a salvage title, I'd say 8-9K.
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Blue Book low retail is about $12K. With a salvage title, I'd say 8-9K.
I would agree, that "salvage titled" RV you are thinking of buying will follow that coach the rest of it's life. But it sure beats what you would spend for a new pusher....With your son being a ASE certified master mechanic, I would say that is a big plus...You know you will get an honest answer. He won't be afraid to say walk away....
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With the salvage title make sure this is the one you really want.(a keeper) Trading in with a salvage title can be a nightmare value wise.
This can't be the only RV available. Check with your insurance company also, see if they accept salvage vehicles and what is the value in case of a total loss. That 96k new was MSRP, nobody ever pays that, even 16 years ago.
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Hi Hudsoner,
I'm not sure how accurate the NADA book is for a MSRP on a coach of this age. Gut feel says market value (price paid) by the original owner was around $70K.

With a salvage title I would pay no more than 1/2 the current book low retail. You will have a very hard time, if you ever want to sell the coach.
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Thanks for all the info. The dealer seems not to want to go down with the price. He might as well keep it! Winter is coming very fast, up here in the Northland, and I don't think that he sells too many MH's during that time of the year!

The nice thing is that I don't have to buy his coach, but he has to sell it! I told him to contact me if he wants to sell it to me for less than 10 grand!

I have learned already a lot in this forum, and will continue to read here to be prepared for the purchase of my first MH.

Thanks a lot again for your help!
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Go to www.rvtrader.com and search there. You can plug in a make, model, year, $ range and distance from you to find what's out there.
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Hi again!

I am currently looking at a 1995 Rockwood 30' diesel pusher. The unit has a 6.5 l Detroit diesel and an Allison transmission. The unit has 48 000 miles on the clock.

A few weeks it was listed for about $19500 and the price was dropped until it reached $12 000 (the seller, a older couple, they don't want to travel anymore, want's to sell it before winter sets in). According to the seller, two other prospective buyers could not get the required financing cleared away, and that is the reason that it did not sell yet.

What is your guys opinion about this unit? Is the Detroit diesel strong and reliable enough to do a good job?
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Hi Hudsoner,
I do not know this coach. Since you are considering a 15 year old coach everything about the coach will be unique to that coach. Detroit Diesel makes a engine just as good as Cummins and Caterpillar. You'll need to determine if the coach meets your needs following the advice in the previous posts.
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Hi Hudsoner, I have a 94 HR with the same engine (230) and transmission as the first motorhome you were asking about. My unit before this one was a Ford V8 powered one. Either one has always gotten me over the mountains fine, but I do love the diesel because of the better fuel milage and the quiet that the rear engine provides. I pull a Suzuki Sidekick Sport, which does weigh less than your Jeep. The 230 engine is an all mechanical one, which I think is a plus as far as no electronics to go wrong. I would go and look if I were you. The floorplan does mean a lot. I would only buy if the generator was diesel powered, but that is just my personal preference. Let us know how your search goes, good luck, HarveyP
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On the long steep grades you will be down to 30 or 40 mph. But it will get the job done. Just whip up them ponies and roll.

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