How long do you want to keep it? Ten thousand miles yearly for 5 years will add another 50,000 miles to the current mileage.
Yeah this is my other big question.... What would you consider to be the useful life of a Class A (gas)? Or rather when the amount of repairs needed starts to cause more hassle than it's worth? As far as the functionality of the living quarters I would consider myself fairly handy, but with regard to the vehicle's mechanicals I'm pretty clueless.
Obviously this depends on a lot, but for example with cars/trucks I get pretty sketched out once they start going over 100k miles..... with my own car I would feel comfortable, but I would not want to buy someone else's car with that many miles.
At 10k miles per year I would think that would add up pretty quick compared to the typical RV'er. Unfortunately I think I need something with low-ish miles, but low-ish price too which could make it a tough task! I'm sure I could find something like that, but then my concern would be that the low miles means it's been sitting around rotting
I would look for one in the 2003 to 2005 range. Should be able to gt a 35' for $25,000 to $35,000, with nominal mileage.
Thanks yeah I have seen a few in this range that looked nice and fairly low miles. I am conerned too about the eventual re-sale/trade-in value.... although I'm thinking once you get out to nearly 10 years old that the loss in value per year probably drops off dramatically (ie most of the loss in value is in the first couple years right?). I would think that if I bought one in that range that I could probably re-sell it for fairly close to what I paid (minus any costs for repairs in the mean time)
Hi All, we have a TT now and are finally ready to look at upgrading to a (used,gas) Class A ! I wanted to get some thoughts on our specific situation.....
Our main purpose for having an RV is that I run a small sports team. The major advantage is that we can put a huge vinyl ad wrap on this RV, and take it to events in our sport that we travel to. Granted I could do this with a box trailer, but the RV is nice because otherwise we have to book a ton of hotels. Something like 30-35ft would be nice so it's easier to park.
Main problem is I don't think I can (ok want) to go over about $50k. I might be able to talk my way into an at-cost deal on a new unit from a manufacturer or dealer, but it would still have to be a pretty entry level model to stay within budget. The other option is to simply buy a used one.
Since we are using this primarily for a business purpose rather than just leisure, functionality is my main concern (ie it needs to work and be clean, fanciness is not important). Also I anticipate putting about 10,000mi a year on it.
So I'm wondering if I should go with something more like 5yrs old, but maxes my budget..... OR something that's more like 10yrs old, but well under my budget and has a lot more room financially to pay for repairs?
I sort of see it as $50k spent but less likely to need repairs.... versus $35k spent but more likely to need repairs (but $15k available to pay for repairs).
What should my main concerns be on an older model? I know more stuff is likely to fail the older it is (for the most part), but then again I would have much more available budget to pay for it when things do go wrong. The functions of the motor etc are my major concerns, running well is critical. Whereas something like a slider motor or refrigerator failing is of less concern and can be repaired at my leisure.
Any advice would be great thanks!