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schubi

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Posted: 01/05/18 05:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi,

we are come from Germany. In a few month we start the full time tour during the States. So we have questions...

Can someone tell me if the Prices to buy an RV changes during the year ? In Germany the Prices in autumn and winter are very low, in the springs high.

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how i can pay the RV, when i buy from a private seller or a dealer ? Opening a bankaccount and transfer the Money from my bank is the first step, i think. And then...Cashier check ?



Thanks a lot

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Welcome to an adventure.
First question, yes prices here tend to be seasonal as well, price follows demand.
Secondly, on private purchases, about the best way is to meet with the seller at their banking institution, especially if there is still a lien on their unit and complete the transaction there with the title immediately available to you. Forged cashiers checks have become a problem and many prefer bank transfers when possible.
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There is more of a location component in the market here than in Germany I believe.

Right now the prices in popular winter destinations like Yuma, AZ are likely to be higher than in the snow bound North Eastern US. However, there are many more units for sale in the winter destinations, so supply may be more than demand in some locations.

The point being, unless you are willing to travel 1000's of miles for some dollar savings, be happy with what you find in the area you are shopping in at the time you are trying to buy.

You will want to Google "How to open a US bank account if you are not a resident" or some similar search to see how difficult it can be. See if your present bank has a close affiliation with a US bank and/or will wire money directly to the sellers bank account.


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Northern U.S. prices are seasonally similar to Germany. Florida different because the winter is a peak selling season while tourists are there for the season.

On new units, there are some reduced costs if you purchase near the factory and transportation is minimized.

Wire transfer from your bank to seller's bank is the safest method.


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beware of any flood damaged units in TX, Fla, etc.
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Having recently bought and sold a boat in spain, there is no need for a local bank account. You can do an international transfer. For around $25k, our credit union charges $50.

The only catch with that is ensuring you get a clean title in your hands once the cash is transferred.

The bigger question is registering the RV. This is done at the state level and varies from state to state but most want an in state address to tie it to. I know there are ways around it but not having done it, I'm not sure exactly how.

Prices do vary by season but not by huge amounts and if you get the discount it's because it's not a good time to go camping in the area. If it were me, I would go looking in Arizona (Phoenix area). A lot of retirees spend the winter out there. A lot of them die or quit and then there is an RV to get rid of. They usually don't have the wear and tear kids put on the units and are generally better taken care of (no guarantees though).


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We have met a number of European RVers visiting the US on our travels. Welcome!


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Up north, cheaper in the fall, more in the spring. In the snowbird areas, it is opposite.
If you have $ in the bank here, yes whatever is agreeable to you and the seller. Cashiers check, wire transfer, big bag of cash.


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re. big bag of cash. aren't there issues with over 10,000 cash purchases?
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Pay? Easy. Once you find what you want you both go to his bank, you transfer the money, pay the fees, he gets the cash and hands you a clean title.
BTW do you already have your visa?
Several years ago when camp hosting I talked to a German couple who did exactly that. They had pre purchased a truck and trailer. Flew to South Dakota, paid for it and left for their 12 month journey. The husband worked via the internet and cell phone.


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