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Old 09-18-2010, 10:06 AM   #1
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We have been trying to find a used Class C for about a month now with no luck. Either they are too big (our CC&R's prohibit parking anything at home longer than 30'), in bad condition/too old, or people/dealers want too much $$$ for them.

One dealer told us that used Class C's were in such demand that they flew off the lot.

Since we do not "need" a motorhome til February, we assumed that the further away we got from the summer months, the better deals would be available. One dealers laughed and said, by winter there would be none available.

The newspapers have yet to produce a single ad. Looked everywhere online.

Is what we are being told true? Are used Class C's a rare commodity?

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Old 09-18-2010, 10:28 AM   #2
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We were looking for a newer Class A in June. Checked the used lots and found the prices for 10 to 15 year old coaches were very high. We thought with the economy down and people out of work we could get a good deal.

We ended up with a 2008 for about 20% over the older units. I think we lucked out, the owner worked for a bank and bought at short sale used it for a year and sold for what he paid. Keep looking, there are deals out there.

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Old 09-19-2010, 12:11 PM   #3
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Try an RV classified ad site such as rvt.com or rvclassified.com. Plenty listed there. Keep an eye on our own iRV2 Classifieds too. There are five C's listed there right now.
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Old 09-19-2010, 01:04 PM   #4
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Old 09-19-2010, 01:19 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by begete View Post
One dealer told us that used Class C's were in such demand that they flew off the lot.

Is what we are being told true? Are used Class C's a rare commodity?
"Flew off the lot??" - this dealer must be hallucinating. Either that, or the world economy has been recovering something remarkably while I was taking a ˝ hour nab on the couch this afternoon.

I far as I am concerned it is still very much "buyers marked.

Have a look at rv-online. There are still many to chose from.
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Old 09-19-2010, 01:24 PM   #6
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I think that what the dealers said is true.

We purchased "Harvey", a 5 year old class C from the side of the road, in November 2005!

When we went to trade it in, 4 years later, the dealership told me they were in demand because of the snowbirds wanting to go down south. So the fall was a great time to trade it in.

Eventually we did trade it in, as 10 year old, May 2010, and the well-used but also cared for RV was sold by the dealership within a VERY short time. And when I say well-used, we had it for 5 years, with 2 kids and 2 dogs. Mechanically good, cosmetically, used!

By the way, if anybody out there has "Harvey", please let us know! And good luck with your quest! I'm sure it will all work out in the end!
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Old 09-19-2010, 01:51 PM   #7
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Try Craig's list

Try Craig's list for your area.

seattle-tacoma recreational vehicles classifieds - craigslist

It is a very popular way to sell and buy things. Pretty much taken the place of newspapers.

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Old 09-20-2010, 02:36 PM   #8
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Goodness! I had to verify the date stamp on your post! Another poster has advised Craigslist...in my area and surrounding states there are many MH and tons of Class C's For Sale.
It is indeed a buyers market, no matter how particular you are on condition/pricing I would be confident one can find "the" RV with persistence and patience. My two cents on your efforts of a month...good start..keep at it and have fun with the process between now and February.
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Old 09-20-2010, 04:46 PM   #9
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I sold my Adventurer this spring. I wasn't going to buy anything until next spring. I too was looking for a shorter Class C but on a E450 Ford chassis made after 2002. I needed a 5000 pound towing capacity. I didn't want a cab over bunk or a 32 footer. There were a lot of junk for sale. I checked dealers & craigslist from a 4 state area. I looked for over 3 months. Any found were not a buy! High book!! I don't feel it was a buyers market period! I did find & buy a new 2009 Forest River Lexington 295 GT at below average used price. After my 38 foot class A, it's going too be tight in there.
I know what you are saying. If you're looking for just the right rig, it is hard! If you are going to get a 32 foot class C, a person just as well go with a class A. That would put me right back where I started 8 years ago!
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Old 09-20-2010, 04:57 PM   #10
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I bought mine on Ebay. It was in Texas. I flew there with my wife knowing if it was cr** we would just go home. It was exactly as described by the dealer.They picked us up at the airport. I drove it the 2500 miles home after buying necessities at the local Walmart. We saved ten's of thousand of dollars. It was scary to do over the internet. I was going to pay a few hundred for an RV inspector to look her over. After talking over the phone with the dealer and having ALL of my questions answered I even cancelled the inspection. That too some guts. We are glad we did it.

Suggestion: Look for one where you can make an offer. Sometimes you catch them when they need the money.
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Old 09-20-2010, 05:29 PM   #11
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begete, This is a test. Is it not nice, too much money or is this something worth looking at?

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First off, do not believe a dealer. For real world cost, check NADA Guides. The RVs are typically going for low retail, no options added on.

Lot of folks out there are living a dream, hoping they can get high retail plus for any extras they feel they have added so that they can cover what they owe on the RV.

Just keep shopping, you will find the right one at a realistic price.

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Don't get frustrated, it took me almost a year to find a unit I wanted for the price I wanted to pay.
The wait was well worth it, and fate brought me to the deal.
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Went to the rv show at the Indiana state fairgrounds,and 90% of the class c's were sold,and 60% of the class a's had sold signs on them.I went over 70 miles from home to find mine.Most of the dealers here including Camping World don't have much inventory,most are asking to buy yours

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