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Hello. I’m looking to purchase a 1997 Country Coach. However, I do not understand why the NADA book show it at $16,000 to $20,000 price while the 1998’s are more than double those numbers. I understand the two big negatives for the 1997 CC. Further more importantly the 10th digit in the VIN # is a V which should make it a 98 but is listed as 97 on the title. I found some paperwork in RV which shows it sold from an RV sales lot for $50,000 in 2010. I’m paying within $6,000 of that amount today in 2022. I would appreciate information and knowledge so I don’t make a $25,000 mistake. Thanks.

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Have you had a detailed house and chassis inspection? Get a pro if you are not very experienced. I’d start there before anything else on an RV that is 25 years old.


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Value is the price someone will pay for an item. Sounds overpriced to me.

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Ok, first of all, Welcome to the Forums. I hope you stick around. You can learn A LOT from the fine folks here.

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I’m paying within $6,000 of that amount today in 2022.


The tense of this puzzles me a bit. "I'm paying..." suggests to me that you have negotiated a deal and have arrived at a price. If so, that suggests to me that there's not much to do at this point.

If instead you said you found a coach and they are "asking within $6,000...", that would suggest that you're trying to or thinking of negotiating a deal. Then you could have some leverage to possibly work towards a lower price.

Within the past 2 years, RV prices have gone through the roof because of limited availability, so the price of used units were way up, too. My understanding is that now things are getting better. It's possible that perhaps they are trying to get the high price which would've been asked last year, hoping to snag someone. It's hard to tell at this point. It's their rig, they're free to ask what they want. It's up to the buyer to determine what it is worth to them.

Off hand, I would say that the price sounds high, but without knowing ANYTHING about its condition and the current prevailing market in your area, I can't say. As was mentioned, a good, thorough inspection would be valuable before negotiating a price if you're serious about the coach.

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RV 4 Us wrote:

Further more importantly the 10th digit in the VIN # is a V which should make it a 98 but is listed as 97 on the title.

This is very common with RV's. Don't be concerned about it.
The RV manufacturer buys the chassis and it may sit for a year or longer until the unit is complete and ready for sale.

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gbopp wrote:

RV 4 Us wrote:

Further more importantly the 10th digit in the VIN # is a V which should make it a 98 but is listed as 97 on the title.

This is very common with RV's. Don't be concerned about it.
The RV manufacturer buys the chassis and it may sit for a year or longer until the unit is complete and ready for sale.

In this case the OP is saying the model year of the RV is listed as a year EARLIER than the chassis year. That's not right but likely cannot be changed.

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LouLawrence wrote:

gbopp wrote:

RV 4 Us wrote:

Further more importantly the 10th digit in the VIN # is a V which should make it a 98 but is listed as 97 on the title.

This is very common with RV's. Don't be concerned about it.
The RV manufacturer buys the chassis and it may sit for a year or longer until the unit is complete and ready for sale.

In this case the OP is saying the model year of the RV is listed as a year EARLIER than the chassis year. That's not right but likely cannot be changed.

I misread the OP. Maybe the chassis was purchased while the company was still building the 97 model?

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The difference in book value is 100% related to its age. Being a '97 it just turned 25, not many banks will take one that old.

Just my opinion, if you're in the $44k range you're waaay over paying. Yeah the market is messed up today, if you pay that when things finally straighten out you'll be so far under water you'll never recover.


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LouLawrence wrote:

gbopp wrote:

RV 4 Us wrote:

Further more importantly the 10th digit in the VIN # is a V which should make it a 98 but is listed as 97 on the title.

This is very common with RV's. Don't be concerned about it.
The RV manufacturer buys the chassis and it may sit for a year or longer until the unit is complete and ready for sale.

In this case the OP is saying the model year of the RV is listed as a year EARLIER than the chassis year. That's not right but likely cannot be changed.


I had one like that.... as you know, vehicle years are released in about mid-year of the prior year. i.e. you can get a 2023 car in fall of 2022. Same with chassis. So in his case, the chassis was likely delivered in mid/late 1997 and the house was built on it prior to the beginning of 1998, thus the 1997 title for a 1998 VIN chassis. When I bought the one that had a similar title anomaly, I just took it to the DMV showed them the VIN and they reissued me a title with the later year. But that depends on the state... some title based on house completion date, some ( like Florida) based on the chassis VIN


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