Originally Posted by Malain
My wife Micheline and l are french and retired since 5 years, we forecast a 2 years journey in the States,Mexico and Canada. We want to buy a Winnebago RV Class After approximately 15.000 miles, we want to resale the RV. We have a good experiment of RV in Europe but none in the States, your advices and help will be very appreciated.
Is it better to buy a new RV or a second hand one? We forecast approx 300.000 $ for the RV.
After our 2 years journey what would be the percentage of depreciation? Of course we would maintain the vehicle in very good conditions.
What is the average night cost of parking lot area fitted out for our RV in the States ?
What is the average maintenance cost of that type of vehicle?
What is the insurance cost for that type of RV? Could you recommend a reliable insurance company?
We have a lot more questions but for the moment we need to have an estimate idea of the necessary budget for our project.
Thank you in advance for your help.
Micheline & Alain
What a great adventure! Good for you!
Were it me, I would buy a used unit. Especially since you do not plan to keep it for a long period of time. New RV's depreciated a great deal the instant you drive away from the dealer. Depreciation spread over a longer period reduces the amount per unit of time - year, month, etc.
Here's a link to a pricing guide that can be used to run "what if" scenarios. The actual price for a given specimen may or may not reflect the price found in the real world but they do give you an idea of how one model compares to another and the rate of depreciation over time.
I plugged in my zip (postal) code and Winnebago.
Vehicle price estimator
The actual price of a new RV will greatly depend on the dealer's situation. Things like dealer's inventory, time of year, how long it's been sitting there, etc. At a dealer the price is usually negotiable over a substantial range.
Price of a used RV will be driven by age and condition.
Maintenance varies a great deal. Depends on what needs attention and where it's done. An oil change on a diesel motor home can vary from $200 to $400 depending on the shop. Some shops that service large diesel vehicles (over the road trucks) don't like to work on motor homes. An "extended warranty" or service contract might be a good thing for you to consider.
Campground fees also vary widely. Those operated by the various levels of government (federal, state, local) are usually cheaper, as low as $20 per night and commercial campgrounds are about twice that on average. Certain locations, Washington, DC, for example, can be $80 or more. Obviously, resort-style places will command a higher price than a simple utilitarian campground.
I use Safeco insurance and have been very satisfied with their prices and service. I do not know if it's available for purchase in every state but it should cover you in all of the original 48 states once purchased. I don't know if they offer coverage outside of the USA. Insurance can be a tricky thing when you go into Mexico. So make sure you understand the terms of the policy in that regard.
You've come to a good place to get a lot of information. As you narrow down to more specific questions you will get a lot of information here. There are several forums here that are dedicated to specific areas of RV'ing. Go to the Winnebago forum to ask questions about that brand, for example.
Good luck and enjoy your trip!