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Old 01-13-2013, 04:50 PM   #1
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In need of decision advice from those more experienced

Hi all and hello from Michigan. Today is my first day on the sight and thought you might be able to share your collective wisdom. My family (me, wife & 3 daughters 4,6,&11 years old) are looking to upgrade our RV. We have had a 2001 Eagle 31h Class C for about 8 months now and love using it. We like to use for long weekends and hope to make a couple of longer trips this year, but it is just too small. There are no slideouts on the RV. Additionally we have close family and friends that would like to join and it just aint possible with the current RV. We are looking to upgrade to a larger class a and have narrowed our search to a few of the bunkhouse models. We really like the Georgetown XL352qs as it allows for addtional dropdown bunk over the cockpit. Also impressed with the pallazo 33.3 and the berkshire 390bh. Here are the main questions
1) should be by diesel pusher or gas (wife an I will upgrade in about 15 years when I retire to larger coach for 4-6 month travel) so this coach simply needs to be about the current family. (mostly short trips with a couple of week long trips in summer)

2) should we buy brand new or a few years old? Like the idea of a brand new coach but hate the idea of the depreciation

3) we would tow a small boat (20 ft jet boat) or small SUV behind the coach on the longer trips.

4) What are the insurance rates for these types of coaches?

Thanks for your help. And happy RVing

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Old 01-13-2013, 10:05 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forums!

With a family an RV without slide will have limited space to start with. I think you have already answer your second question - it comes down to personal choice. You might try posting your questions on the MH forum where other owners can provide more feedback.

Good luck!

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Old 01-13-2013, 10:39 PM   #3
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Personally, with a 15 year horizon, resale value (ie depreciation) is a non-issue and a used Class A may not make 15 years without a LOT of upkeep and maintenance in the short term. Might be cheaper to get a new one and finance longer. The lack of unscheduled non-routine maintenance in a used unit may put you in a bind leaving it in the driveway more often than camping.

It is a balancing act. While there is no guarantee a new unit will be problem free, most have their problems in the warranty period and with the initial bugs worked out will give you trouble free camping for at least 5 years at which point used ones start showing up in the market (expensive repairs on the short horizon). Buying a 5 year old unit might not be that much of a savings as it is a buyer's market in new units right now and your ability to negotiate a deal is pretty good. See the thread on "why some dealers can sell cheaper than others."

There is not much wiggle room in a 5 year old motor home since the seller is right at the break point in being underwater on the loan. He (or the dealership) will be working very close to what they have in it (or owe on it) and won't be able to trim too much below the offering price.

Totally your call, but like anything else know your costs before going in and don't let them switch you to something you have not cost researched (a typical tactic for folks armed with internet pricing data).

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Old 01-14-2013, 05:41 AM   #4
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Buy a gas Class A with bunks or has the drop down bunk over the cab for now, and save the diesel for retirement. If you looked at the Palazzo, look at the Hurricane by Thor. Nice family floorplans, and very affordable.

Buy new or used, depending on what you like. In used, you are limited by what is currently available. New, you have your choice, and it should make it through your 15 year window.

Insurance rates vary greatly between providers and coverages. Research and compare. Don't forget that Progressive and Geico also do rv insurance.
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:33 AM   #5
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Talk to your bank to see what the rates are for new or used unless you are paying cash the interest rate should figure in the discussion.
Also Grand Rapids has a RV show this weekend that might be worth checking out. We bought a new 2011 last year off the lot and got a good deal. I think it helped with the depreciation a little. We have the Berkshire 390RB and although we have some issues with it we still think it was a good MH and are happy with it.
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