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Old 03-23-2011, 08:15 PM   #1
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OK, got a quote on a "new" 2011 Jayco Melbourne 29D for $76K. Got a quote for a "used" 2011 Melbourne 29D with 6,600 miles on it for $70K. The used Jayco does not have any factory warranty (as a second person owner).
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You'll have to decide if $6000 is worth giving up 24 months/24,000 miles of coverage should something go wrong.

I heard Jayco also offers 1yr free roadside assistance through CoachNet. Is that also not available as a 2nd owner? Another thing to consider buying used over new.

If it were me, I'd go for the new to have the warranty & roadside assistance.

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You might be able to purchase warranty type coverage on the used unit. Ask the dealer. I faced the same issue and chose the new unit. I enjoy that new car smell.
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In this economy, especially with a motorized unit, YOU are in the drivers seat with regard to price; the ones you gave seemed much too high.

Years ago we bought new and never, never again the instant depreciation was astounding.

The dollars for used should reflect this, 6k is no where near what the difference should be. For new we would offer at least 25% less than list-used 35% for the year mentioned.

The profit rv dealers make on new sales is breathtaking and I would venture to guess that with the new coach you are looking at the dealer would be putting a minimum of $18,000 in his/her pocket, crazy money for insane times.

If you were to take the used rv to a dealer for either a buy or trade in we believe you would go into vapor lock when you got the price they were willing to deal on-be the same, play hardball there are not many people looking at gassers anymore.
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msrp on the new mh is $105K. Dealers quote is $76K. Seems to fall right in with what you are saying.
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How old is the new and used unit? We pre-purchased a new 2010 in late 2009 and picked it up March of 2010. We found that the Chevy part was 2008 vintage. You might want to check on the actual age of the motor of each.
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TC - the question is what year is the E450 under that used unit. When I bought my Itasca in October we were also considering a Jayco 26DS Greyhawk. We rejected the Greyhawk based on .525 wh/length ratio. But, I did check to see what chassis this brand new 2011 model was riding on - it was a 2010. There were a few upgrades for 2011 and one is a GCWR of 22,000 lbs.

Our Itasca is also a new model for 2011 (26QP Silver) and when I looked at some US dealer inventories (which showed the VIN) they had 2010 chassis. Ours is 2011.

If the used unit you are considering was made last fall it could easily be a 2010 and some jurisdictions license based on year of the chassis. Of course the new unit could have a 2010 chassis as well. At one point some manufacturers were still trying to use up chassis that were 2 years old.

Why did the original owners trade? I can think of one thing they may have discovered that they did not consider at time of purchase - limited external storage. We ruled out the Melbourne for that reason alone even though we felt the interiors were nicely done. With three of us there was just not enough storage. Our Impulse, although small, has 74 cu ft (the 29D is 25 cu ft). In some cases I've seen people dump a MH quickly when they have nothing but trouble with it - and no manufacturer is immune from putting out an occasional lemon.

I'd vote for the new unit (but my vote doesn't count )

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Personally, I'd go for the used unit and tell the dealer to throw in the bumper to bumper warranty for 2 years or 24000 miles.

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The "used" unit is privately owned. Not at a dealer.
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The "used" unit is privately owned. Not at a dealer.
Not often that you can buy a MH, use it for 6,000 miles and then sell it without a warranty and only lose $6,000.

I'd say go new for sure if you really want this model. For this price gap I wouldn't eve consider used.

Do you know what the owner paid and why he wants to sell. He may have well paid a high buck and figures he is giving a good discount from his purchase price.
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Says he's moving up to a Class A mh.
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Perhaps you should consider what me and DW did....looked at the Super B's and went to the Class A for the extra space... and mileage is almost identical !
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