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GoGators1776

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Posted: 01/10/18 11:00pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

First time poster and purchaser of an RV. I work internationally half the year and the other half I spend off. The last 4 yrs I've traveled the world. Now I want to travel around my home country when off with my GF. I would be staying at locations for long periods of time and not traveling to new locations constantly. A co-worker of mine and his wife are selling their RV as they just bought a house. He's going to sell it for what he owes on it which is 72-73,000. It's a 2008 Newmar Country Star 3910. It has the cummins 400hp diesel engine with 37,000 miles on it. They put in new hard wood floors and added some other beautification to the interior. It also has a 5000kw diesel generator, with 2yr old tires. Is this a good deal and a reliable RV? Thank you for feed back and I look forward to it.

I have traveled with my grandparents in their RV when I was growing up. I have been doing research over the last month and looking at forums into what would be reliable if this deal or RV isn't reliable. My most important thing would be reliability when it comes to a product. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated and I thank you beforehand.

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Posted: 01/10/18 11:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Sounds good......

Here is a 2008 Star 3910 $109K

A 2007 Star 3910 for $100K


Low Retail....$94K
Avg Retail...$113K



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Posted: 01/11/18 01:01am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Get an independent inspection and value estimation and do a written contract.

You dealing with an associate, so the more you can do to keep it an unbiased arms length negotiation, the better.

Otherwise, when something goes wrong (and it will), you are less likely to blame your "friend" because you went in with eyes wide open.


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sounds a little better than fair, just remember its a machine things will break things nobody new about. and keep your friend ,

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Posted: 01/11/18 07:56am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Newmar is known for its quality and excellent customer support. Regardless, you would be wise to get the unit inspected by a RV professional to be sure the RV as aspect of the motorhome is sound, and the chassis also inspected by someone familiar with that part as well. You would also be very wise in writing down your and the sellers expectations regarding the sale and events occurring after the sale, and both of you sign. It probably would not be a legally binding contract, but spelling out all those issues could save a friendship if something develops.

Remember, motorhomes are complex and very very expensive to repair.

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Posted: 01/11/18 08:36am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As stated from prior members, have it professionally inspected by an RV technician even though your friend, co-worker, or even family is selling it to you. That is a bunch of cash to end up unsatisfied and having to see Judge Judy.

Also even in a private sale you are allowed to ask for a warranty, maybe just 30 days or even more, as long as it is in writing with both parties signature.

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DownTheAvenue wrote:

You would also be very wise in writing down your and the sellers expectations regarding the sale and events occurring after the sale, and both of you sign. It probably would not be a legally binding contract, but spelling out all those issues could save a friendship if something develops.


Actually this is the very heart of a legally binding contract.

While best in writing and signed, even a verbal agreement is legally binding (much harder to prove when things go sour, so do it in writing with signatures)

If he balks at a written contract on a $70k+ item, run away. There is something wrong with the deal.

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The amount of money calls for some study and research. You're not buying a $5000 car. First of all, RV's depreciate a LOT and it's 10 years old. He may very well owe more than it's worth if he's had it financed for 10 years. I would look up the trade-in value in the NADA book and use that as a referrence point. But I would offer much less than what he owes on it. It would be better if it wasn't a friend. We bought a 10 year old 30 ft. Class C and paid roughly 1/3 of the original retail price. Paid $23000 for an originally 85000 MH so that gives an idea of the depreciation. And the more they cost originally, the more they depreciate in dollars.


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Jayco-noslide wrote:

The amount of money calls for some study and research. You're not buying a $5000 car. First of all, RV's depreciate a LOT and it's 10 years old. He may very well owe more than it's worth if he's had it financed for 10 years. I would look up the trade-in value in the NADA book and use that as a referrence point. But I would offer much less than what he owes on it. It would be better if it wasn't a friend. We bought a 10 year old 30 ft. Class C and paid roughly 1/3 of the original retail price. Paid $23000 for an originally 85000 MH so that gives an idea of the depreciation. And the more they cost originally, the more they depreciate in dollars.


Refer to the second post in this thread. He's getting a sweet deal.


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drsteve wrote:



Refer to the second post in this thread. He's getting a sweet deal.


Selling prices are often well below asking prices.

NADA are at best a vague idea and often wildly off.

It might be a decent deal but without more research, I wouldn't call it a screaming deal he can't walk away from.

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