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Old 11-14-2017, 10:11 PM   #1
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We are in the market for a new or used Motor Home, we have narrowed it down to the Jayco Greyhawk 29 MV so it is just a matter of locating a unit for a fair price. It seems new to 2 years old are going for around the same price but I am seeing used units that are less than a year old with 1500 miles on them for sale. Is there any way of finding out if they are unloading these relatively new units because they turned out to be lemons. I know my way around a motor home so I would definitely put it through all the test but how can you know if the previous owner is unloading a lemon. Also, if you find a new unit that is 500 miles away, where do you get warranty work done, do you have to take it back to the purchasing dealer. We have a vintage unit now and I do all the work on it so that issue of warranty work has never come up.
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We live just south of KC and have a great RV repair shop that handles all of our warranty work since we purchased our MH in Des Moines.
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I've had a business for the last 28 years that, among other things, cleans boats.

We just cleaned a $300,000 boat today that the guy bought new in the spring. He just decided boating isn't for him.

That's not an unusual situation. Lots of people buy new boats and then decide boating is not for them or a month later they decide they want a bigger one or a smaller one.

Watching those RV buying show it appears lots of people who have never owned one jump right in. I gotta believe some of those people who really didn't think it through might get rid of them after a very short time.

I guess the seller could be trying to dump a lemon but at less then a year old if really was a lemon they'd be still fighting with their dealer.

You could always ask the seller and hope they were honest.
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I've had a business for the last 28 years that, among other things, cleans boats.

We just cleaned a $300,000 boat today that the guy bought new in the spring. He just decided boating isn't for him.

That's not an unusual situation. Lots of people buy new boats and then decide boating is not for them or a month later they decide they want a bigger one or a smaller one.

Watching those RV buying show it appears lots of people who have never owned one jump right in. I gotta believe some of those people who really didn't think it through might get rid of them after a very short time.

I guess the seller could be trying to dump a lemon but at less then a year old if really was a lemon they'd be still fighting with their dealer.

You could always ask the seller and hope they were honest.


I have a sneaky suspicion about those shows...there's the unit they already know they want to buy and two commercials. But that's just a hunch...
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I would ask to see ALL work orders and invoices for chassis and coach. Separately ask the husband and spouse a bunch of questions and compare answers. Sometimes it even works if they're both being questioned together. 😀
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Remember these are asking prices NOT what they are sold for. Most dealers will give preference to a buyer rather than a roll in for warranty work and some will not do warranty work on a unit they didn't sell.

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I've noticed that 1500 mile issue too - remember that in most cases the coach is driven from the factory to the dealer, so depending on where you are there could be 500 - 2500 miles before sale, and you could be looking at a virtually new rig that someone bought and never really used. I doubt if you could really find a lemon in that many miles, but if you are buying from a dealer you have some extra protection.

Don't accept the used price and negotiate hard - in general, I would not be afraid to buy a 2 year old coach if it's the floor plan and equipment you want.
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