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jefffoxsr

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Posted: 10/10/20 05:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi,
We have owned a 5th wheel, travel trailer, and truck camper in the past. We have wanted to buy a used class C for about 10 years but have not done so for the following reasons:

1. We would have to buy one for about $30,000 max and as a result would have to get one that is many years old (8 to 10 is my guess). I am very worried that it would be difficult to sell it when the time comes because it likely would be 15 years old after 5 years or so of ownership. What are your thoughts about this?

2. As a result of having to buy a unit about 10 years old (due to budget constraints) I worry that it would need a lot of repairs both inside and mechanically and therefore would be troublesome and costly. What is your experience with units 10 to 15 years old?

I want to thank you in advance for sharing your experience with me. It is very helpful to me and greatly appreciated. Thank you very much.

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Jeff,

Class C are seldom the manufactures high end and as a result are prone to water leakage. No matter what you look at, if it shows or in any way evidences water leakage, walk away.

Good used coaches are out there, but they are hard to find and you must do a search campaign.

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Thank you very much.

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Posted: 10/10/20 06:41pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Find a shorter class A. With driver and passenger seats turned around, you'll utilize 100% of the space up there vs a class C, thus you can get a shorter unit.

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If you keep it in good shape, I don't think there would necessarily be a huge drop in value between ten and fifteen years of age. At both those ages, the condition matters at least as much as the actual age. For sure, in absolute dollars, a brand new RV is going to lose a whole lot more value five years on than a ten year old one--and I suspect the same is true even as a percentage of what you pay.

As far as maintenance and repairs go, the house part of most any RV does require ongoing maintenance and the occasional repair. Appliances can wear out, of course, but the majority of work is more along the lines of handyman jobs and resealing stuff. The van chassis on most class C's tend to be pretty reliable and trouble-free, aside from the usual expected wear items like brakes and hoses and belts and so forth. My class C is over twenty years old now, and over the six or so years I've owned it the main repairs I've had to make to the chassis have been brake work (sticky calipers needed replacement), ball joints (the seals wore out, letting the permanent lubrication escape), and shock absorber replacement. All of them I'd categorize as wear items, though admittedly not especially inexpensive ones.





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If $30k is your max, then buy accordingly and don't be concerned about resale at this point.

All RVs need constant upkeep, IMHO, so be prepared to deal with things as necessary. I've purchased used Class A, C, and FWs, and had typical repairs for a transmission, fridge, AC, slideouts, etc. Unless money is no object, it's good to have some minor electrical and plumbing skills so you can get by on the road.


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Posted: 10/10/20 09:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How handy are you? If your not handy, and can't do your own repairs, you can end up paying more than a newer model anyway.


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You can also start off with an even older unit in good shape for its age and pay $10 thousand for that, leaving $20 thousand for maintenance. IMO that would be smarter.

Might have to spend $2 thousand a year so after 5 years you still have $10 thousand and whatever you can get for the old C. If anything big went wrong you would still have some in the piggy bank to cover it.


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Interesting concern.
Your due diligence when purchasing is still required. No different than any other purchase.
The house is really not much different than any of your other RVs with respect to the electrical and mechanical systems and the chassis and drivetrain is just your basic ford or Chevy.

It’s evident that budget is a real concern (not downplaying that ) so IMO, don’t think what’s the max you can spend, but rather how little you can spend to get something acceptable to you. Less you spend, more you have in your pocket afterwards and consequently the less impact financially some repairs will be to you.


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If it were me at that price range, I would look for an older high end Class A versus a Class C. A 15 to 20 year old high end Class A will LIKELY have a better exterior than a Class C 10 to 15 years old. A Class A diesel coach has engine and transmissions that are built to last longer than the typical Class C. Obviously there are exceptions to both styles. Just saying don't limit yourself to just Class C in your search.


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