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jplante4

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I would be more worried about a motor home for sale where the ad says "I haven't had to do anything to this motor home for 5 years!"


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jplante4 wrote:

I would be more worried about a motor home for sale where the ad says "I haven't had to do anything to this motor home for 5 years!"


You are absolutely right. I had to laugh when I read that. I would be much much happier if the guy said they had just completed a list of repairs and upgrades. You are much better off having someone else replace the TV's, upgrade the refrigerator to residential, replace Heat pumps, re do carpet, new tires. That just means you are ahead of the game.
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WILDEBILL308 wrote:

s, upgrade the refrigerator to residential,
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What one wants, another person doesn't. If I was looking, that statement would kill the deal for me.
but I think folks are confusing "upgrades" with maintenance.
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Bumpyroad wrote:

WILDEBILL308 wrote:

s, upgrade the refrigerator to residential,
Bill


What one wants, another person doesn't. If I was looking, that statement would kill the deal for me.
but I think folks are confusing "upgrades" with maintenance.
bumpy


I agree with the first part.

But that was my point above - one person's idea of a repair is another's idea of an upgrade (or downdgrade for a potential buyer). So how much is spent and done on maintenance and repair will vary between owners.


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But that was my point above - one person's idea of a repair is another's idea of an upgrade (or downdgrade for a potential buyer). So how much is spent and done on maintenance and repair will vary between owners.
lots of times the repair is not possible with out replacing the unit with a more modern one.

to me that's a repair


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Bumpyroad wrote:

WILDEBILL308 wrote:

s, upgrade the refrigerator to residential,
Bill


What one wants, another person doesn't. If I was looking, that statement would kill the deal for me.
but I think folks are confusing "upgrades" with maintenance.
bumpy

I am not confusing anything. Bumpy is the one who wants to spend his money for common maintence and repair items not be happy the previous owner did them.
Thee OP was talking about 20+ year old RV's But Bumpy would be more likely to buy the one with nothing working so he can spend his money. Bumpy,Please add your RV to your signature so we can see what you are using/driving.
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Tom/Barb wrote:

toedtoes wrote:



But that was my point above - one person's idea of a repair is another's idea of an upgrade (or downdgrade for a potential buyer). So how much is spent and done on maintenance and repair will vary between owners.
lots of times the repair is not possible with out replacing the unit with a more modern one.

to me that's a repair


True. But is it an upgrade if my dinette is damaged and I change it to a couch? Or is that just a repair?

Is turning the shower into cupboards because it leaked and got dry rot a repair? Or something else?

So many ways to look at things.

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WILDEBILL308 wrote:

Bumpyroad wrote:

WILDEBILL308 wrote:

s, upgrade the refrigerator to residential,
Bill


What one wants, another person doesn't. If I was looking, that statement would kill the deal for me.
but I think folks are confusing "upgrades" with maintenance.
bumpy

I am not confusing anything. Bumpy is the one who wants to spend his money for common maintence and repair items not be happy the previous owner did them.
Thee OP was talking about 20+ year old RV's But Bumpy would be more likely to buy the one with nothing working so he can spend his money. Bumpy,Please add your RV to your signature so we can see what you are using/driving.
Bill


I believe Bumpy's comment was just in regards to seeing a residential fridge considered an upgrade. For some of us, a residential fridge is not a positive change.

We prefer to have an RV fridge.

Again, it's that subjective part to "maintenance and repair" - what one person sees as a fix, another does not.

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When I look over a unit for sale on a pre-buy, I'm looking at the maintenance records for regular service. Oil, filters, chassis service, genny service. etc. There's a whole list of stuff that should be done every year, twice a year, every 24,000 miles etc. If the receipts for these are in a 3-ring binder in chronological order, I know that the current owner understands the meaning of preventative maintenance.

There's an entire generation out there that has not even lifted the hood of their car. PM means taking it to the dealer when the check engine light comes on. You can't treat a motor home or camping trailer that way.

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old guy wrote:

I am debating whether to buy a MH or just build a house in the yuma or phoenix area. don't know which would be less a problem


If you are not going to move it, then you are better off with a house. An RV loses value every year. A home will do much better.

As far as cost, we have been surprised how much it costs us to maintain our older diesel pusher. It is not a problem coach - it is just older and needs repairs and updates. We are engineers and have looked at the costs very carefully and we have decided that the costs were well worth it for us. We love traveling in it and we have had wonderful adventures. You need to make sure you have the finances to maintain it.

When purchasing, I would rather buy one that shows a bunch of maintenance records. It means the person kept up with scheduled maintenance and updated it over the years. These are things I do not have to do when I purchase it.


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