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sachilles

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Hi all,

New to the forums. Checked out the faq, and didn't see this topic covered(nor in a search). My apologies if the topic has been covered before.

Just wondering on what time of year is the best time buy a motorhome? I'm in New England, if the region of the country is a factor.
Specificly, I'm interested in smaller class c, or possibly class b motorhomes. I'm looking for something capable of towing my race car on an open trailer ~4-4500 lbs.
Certainly seems like prices are well below what they were just a few years ago.

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-Seth

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Probably when you find what you want. Sorta like the stock market, I guess. Nobody can consistently beat the market.


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smkettner wrote:

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Today is not good for me, how about tomorrow?

Wasn't sure if folks try to unload their motorhomes in the fall after the summer camping season has come to the end, or perhaps spring time before it starts.
Being the dead of winter up here, I'm not seeing a ton for sale(used). Wasn't sure if was just a seasonal low, or whether we just have a relatively low inventory in this area.

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Today is not good for me, how about tomorrow?


If you are up north, they are hard to inspect if they are not inside. So a bad time for you to not get stung. Tomorrow, the dealers are looking toward spring and see no value in sell low. End of summer probably the best for some are sick of it and sell to get out of RV. Fall probably best for dealers for they will not have to pay inventory tax and keep unit over the winter. You just never know when you are going to bingo.


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Hi sachilles,

I think the first step in finding an RV is narrowing your needs to a particular size and style of RV.

My gut reaction is that towing with a B would be pretty limited compared to a Class C.

Class B used are scarce so the price is higher. A Class C may provide a better "bang for the buck".

I would not buy a used RV that is more than five years old.

If traveling alone look for a model that has no slides. I find folks are "slide crazy". I did not want one and managed to find a wonderful 4 year old class C that had a total of only 4000 miles on the clock.

Look for an RV with no built in generator. This is seen by many as a "must have" feature. I prefer to use my solar panels, but do have a stand alone unit as a back up.

As to time of year--December would be my best guess. I did buy mine on February 15, 2009. But after the deal was closed I was speaking with the salesman--and he told me that most years the phone starts to "ring off the hook" in January.

Three things to look for in a used RV of *any* kind

1. no water leaks
2. no water leaks
3. NO WATER LEAKS

Check everywhere you can think to look for signs of water damage.

sachilles wrote:

Hi all,

New to the forums. Checked out the faq, and didn't see this topic covered(nor in a search). My apologies if the topic has been covered before.

Just wondering on what time of year is the best time buy a motorhome? I'm in New England, if the region of the country is a factor.
Specificly, I'm interested in smaller class c, or possibly class b motorhomes. I'm looking for something capable of towing my race car on an open trailer ~4-4500 lbs.
Certainly seems like prices are well below what they were just a few years ago.

Thanks,

-Seth



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Why advertise what won't historically sell. In your area there's not a lot of use for an RV this time of year. Go check dealers lots. Prices should be at or below wholesale.

Even in my home state of VA sales are almost non-existent this time of year.

Where we are now, AZ, sales are booming. In fact, during Oct./Nov. many eastern dealers moved a large portion of their inventory here to AZ.

Even with those units moved here prices still very much favor he buyer, most at or below wholesale for cash or pre-approved credit buyers. We've been actively looking but, haven't found the unit we're willing to live with as a final purchase.

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We purchased in February of last year. Plus got free storage till spring. Many dealers, like car dealers try to get the old year models off the lot, to stock up the new.


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sachilles wrote:

smkettner wrote:

Today

Today is not good for me, how about tomorrow?

Wasn't sure if folks try to unload their motorhomes in the fall after the summer camping season has come to the end, or perhaps spring time before it starts.
Being the dead of winter up here, I'm not seeing a ton for sale(used). Wasn't sure if was just a seasonal low, or whether we just have a relatively low inventory in this area.


Eventually you will need to make it today as that if you always do it tomorrow you will never get the RV. Don't wait for Fall as you will miss all that time.

Keep your eye out for what will work for you as far as condition, floor plan and price. There is no particular time that you will save a boat load of money. Be ready to strike a deal today or it will always be tomorrow. People are always trying to unload a good RV somewhere.

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A buddy of mine suggested this and it worked for us when we bought our 2005 ALJO.

Wait till the end of the month-

Most trailers are financed and the dealer must make a monthly payment to the bank on existing inventory-

We did this and offered almost 30% off MSRP-
They took the deal and we got our hitch work done for free.

Just a thought.

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