Originally Posted by FatChance
Our 2004 coach was built in 2003 and first sold in 2005. It is now 2017 but it is the 2018 model year. How old is my coach?
It is pretty common for rv's, school bus', etc to be built on an earlier year chassis than the vehicle's year. Your warranty terms (mileage and months) do not start until first inservice date (date sold and titled to first consumer). Once the new model year of a vehicle is available for sale previous year vehicles become one year older. The value of your rv is determined in the NADA book dealers and banks use and they will rate your vehicle based on its model date (in your case 2004). A savvy dealer or private buyer can dig deeper to determine what year your chassis is, when your coach was finished being built and when it was first titled and put into use. That could affect the value of your vehicle slightly either way--less value if older in the model year and better value if late in the model year. Sometimes a vehicle sits on a dealer lot for for a long period of time because it has more options than most people want on a particular vehicle, is a strange color, etc. However the longer a vehicle sits on a dealer lot the more they are willing to come down on the sticker price. I bought my Scion xB at the end of the model year and it had been at the dealer 9 months. They had it decked out with special wheels, tires, a manual trans. Etc. I found it on the internet at a dealer 800 miles away. I bought it for $50 over invoice by offering a cash price over the phone. Two things to consider also: check the date on your tires and batteries because they will be as old or older than the chassis build date, not the vehicle model year.