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Old 08-02-2020, 04:57 PM   #1
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Why a different RV every few years?

This is just for conversation as I see this alluded to repeatedly. I see several posts where people say they get a new (or most probably a new used) RV every few years. Why do people do this? Wonít it be more expensive? Is it personal preference or are the rvís wearing out such that they have to be replaced?
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Old 08-02-2020, 05:01 PM   #2
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Like cars, some people like new every few years. Others drive them til they drop.

My Saturn is 16 years old and going strong. My r-pod is 4, and I figure that its got a decade or more left in it.
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Old 08-02-2020, 05:14 PM   #3
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Old 08-02-2020, 05:14 PM   #4
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Beats me. Same goes for cars. We know a couple that go through boats, cars, and houses (!) every few years! It would seem to be a costly approach, especially if buying new. I guess if you have that financial means to own the latest and greatest...well, wonderful! But I'll bet many do not.

My wife and I do somewhat the opposite. We typically buy rather high end, and keep it for a rather long time. Maybe 10 years on cars, 12+ years on our first RV, 20 years and counting on our current boat... Almost always we buy new. Our 2017 Riverstone was new, but one model year old inventory. 2017 models were just starting to arrive at dealers.
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Old 08-02-2020, 05:20 PM   #5
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On a brand new RV, it takes me so long to fix all the factory flaws and customize it for my use, I'm keeping it for a long time. Had the last one for 20 years, so the present one could be our last.

I guess if you're happy with the new offerings, don't mind all the transaction hassles, and don't customize much, trading frequently is a way to keep it interesting.
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Old 08-02-2020, 05:23 PM   #6
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Sometimes life and health have an effect on what you have for RV. First camper had to account for kids, second camper picked up new hobby and needed toy hauler, third camper needed the adjustable bed in the garage area. When I retire we will probably switch to class c or a.

Just like cars. When young have sporty vehicles, have kids need minivan, kids graduate get nicer car, hit 50 get sports car.
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Old 08-02-2020, 05:38 PM   #7
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Had this conversation years ago in regards to leasing vehicles.

The argument in favor was that many in our society have resigned themselves to having a "car payment" forever so why not have a new vehicle every 2-3 years too?"

I would suppose the same logic might apply when it comes to trading in an RV every few years. Still have a payment "forever" except it goes up unless some "new cash" is added at the time of trade.

That's fine for those who don't mind having a payment "forever" or have plenty of disposable income to fund their desires.

Me? Let's just say my last TT was 22 years old when I sold it and bought new.
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We do at least 10 years on out vehicles or RVs, before replacing them.
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My replacement intervals vary from 7 to 5 years. i found no matter how much you try to maintain the more expenses start to show up. So time to trade and I've been very fortunate on all my camper very little problems in the beginning but age will start to take hold so I prefer to trade while the getting is good. Later RJD
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Old 08-02-2020, 08:51 PM   #10
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I think when young folks tend to purchase what they can afford and also with consideration to family size. We started with tenting, then a cabover truck camper when tour boys were small. Moved to a trailer as the boys grew, then a Class C, then a Class A, then back to a trailer (large one), and now that the boys have families of their own, downsizing smaller trailer. The shorter trailer has the advantage of less maintenance and being able to get into shorter camp spots.
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I have a friend who gets a new truck when the windshield gets dirty. I think he's on his 4th Airstream. Only one wife though.
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Old 08-02-2020, 09:24 PM   #12
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I have a friend who gets a new truck when the windshield gets dirty. I think he's on his 4th Airstream. Only one wife though.
The "one wife" part is probably why he can afford to do that.

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We had a tent.... got too difficult to get off the ground and hated the packing and unpacking.
Bought a 20' travel trailer for two and traveled for 5 years. Spouse couldn't help with the setup and tear down process.
So we bought a 25' Class B+ which one person could set up and the other person had all the comforts of home as we travelled down the road.

So we buy a different rv as our lifestyle changes.
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We still have our 1987 Jayco 1006 popup that we bought new in..........87. We've owned several since then, but the old girl is still in the driveway. Just sold our 2018 Cherokee 304 about 4 weeks ago.
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I heard a statistic a few years ago, that said the average person changes cars every 5years, and homes every 7 years. I don't know how that translates for RV's.
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I keep everything a long time. Cars/trucks are usually always over 200K when I replace. My 1998 boat that I bought in 2002 is still going strong. I am replacing the upholstery slowly though...as fast I can sew it.
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A refreshing discussion.

Keeping our 2006 Sunseeker 2860ds period. Just added a lot of amenities vs buying a newer MH, of which I did extensive research and rated each.

My cousin whom just bought a new TT, their second, 2 seasons ago, convinced me it wasn't worth doing. Too much money to put out and basically you will start maintaining the new one right away. Warranty work is covered, you hope, but I know my unit, know what I've got.

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because there is no Perfect RV, and Folks keep searching for just the right one. or they just have too much money
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Because my wife wants a new 5er every 2 - 4 years. She keeps a SUV 4 years and will still have less than 27,000 miles. I get a new truck every 3 years because I want one and we average over 40,000 miles annually. Always new. Because we want to and can easily afford to.
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Because my wife wants a new 5er every 2 - 4 years. She keeps a SUV 4 years and will still have less than 27,000 miles. I get a new truck every 3 years because I want one and we average over 40,000 miles annually. Always new. Because we want to and can easily afford to.
In a way, that's us. Vicki is a self professed car brat. In her previous marriage, her hubby was filthy rich. (and crooked as the day is long) So, they always leased cars. She still likes having a 'new' car but now we seek out two year old low mileage higher end cars at a good price. She's happy, and we're not taking a hit on the depreciation. Me, I've always driven high mileage older trucks in good condition. Until lately. As my business grew, I needed a more stout truck than a 1500, and progressed through a series of newer and bigger trucks. At the same time, we went through progressively bigger campers, as we learned what we really wanted in a camper. My previous GMC diesel dually had issues that I wasn't willing to deal with, and we decided to buy a new Chevy diesel dually. I got more than retail for the trade, and the discounted pricing above that made it worth it to me. This will be my LAST truck ever, and our plan is the 5er to be our LAST camper ever. We have the reliability and comfort we want and need, so we are DUN. ....... Make your plans, and God laughs.
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