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Old 08-26-2018, 11:42 AM   #15
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You've got all kinds of opinions on this model or that model. Here's some rules I learned from a pro that served me well when I bought mine this past May.

1. Almost universally, advertised prices are 10-20% higher than what the coach sells for. Negotiate and buy with the idea that you're going to want to sell it in 1-2 years without taking a bath. You might keep it for longer but if you keep this in mind, you'll get the best buy on the front end.
2. Look for a lowish mileage, later model coach being sold by its original owner who can no longer travel. You'll get one that has had the bugs worked out of it and someone else ate the depreciation.
3. Buy a brand from the list of top 10 mfrs. While you can find someone who has a "story" about their Winnie, Jayco, Forest River, etc., in terms of quality they're all generally about the same.
4. Don't compromise on the floor plan. Get the one you want.
5. Don't buy from a family member or friend selling one on behalf of someone else. They won't know enough about the MH.
6. Don't buy from a dealer. It's easier but you will NEVER be able to strike a good deal with a dealer who knows more than you do. They are paid to be hustlers.
7. If possible, don't buy from someone who doesn't have the title in-hand. If they owe money on it, they're going to be unable to negotiate and completing the sale will be complicated. (Although Good Sam financing has excellent rates and they act as escrow agents for the buyer and seller)
8. Be comfortable traveling a bit to get the RV you want and do pay money to an NRVIA certified professional inspector.

Following these rules I got a 2014 Thor Hurricane with 15,000 miles on it, passed inspection, is gorgeous inside and out, it didn't smell inside and paid about $62 grand for it. BTW, I didn't make the rules up, I got them from a great book that I got for free. It was "Buying a Used Motorhome" by Bill Myers. I'm definitely a believer.
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Old 08-26-2018, 01:00 PM   #16
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Thanks everyone for your replies. A lot to consider!!
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