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Old 09-01-2012, 12:10 AM   #1
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I had a notion to move to another RV, something motorized. Earlier this week my wife and I visited a huge motorized dealer in Alvarado, TX. I had seen a Thor Class C online that interested me. We saw several variations of this model as well as a couple of other Class C models, several Class As and a hybrid A/C. We even looked at a used front diesel engine 37' model that was top of the line when it was new.

My biggest surprise was when I got an estimated trade in value for our Cruiser! Our just three year old Cruiser was appraised, sight unseen, to be a couplethousand dollars less than half of what we paid in August, 2009. I knew RVs depreciated but did not realized how much and how fast. At least my Silverado has great retained value......if diesel fuel goes back down in cost.
It seems to me that the best course of action for us is to keep the Cruiser until the extended warranty expires in a few years. At that time we'll make a decision. Just as with a motor vehicle the only way to get your money's worth is to hang on until the cost of ownership exceeds what is reasonable. How can it be cost effective to trade your RV every three years and take a 55% hit? Perhaps we just do not need to have the newest thing on the market?
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Old 09-01-2012, 01:20 AM   #2
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For the most part any RV is a "toy" and you are going to take a bath regardless of how long you keep it or how you dispose of it. Don't waste your time trying to make it a paying proposition, just get what you can afford, not necessarily what you "want". Lots of folks let their "wants" over rule what they can afford and get in way too deep.
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Old 09-01-2012, 01:38 AM   #3
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If you go to class A or C go diesel.
I had a gass'er class A for 13 years - went to a fifth wheel for more room and I purchased a diesel truck - best of both worlds. We pulled a tow vehicle with a motor home - flat tow or tow dolly.

RVs like a boat are a money pit - but we like taking our "home on wheels" with us when we travel.

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Old 09-01-2012, 02:09 AM   #4
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We did our homework, or so we thought, back in 2009. Our Cruiser was bought with family in mind. Our truck was bought first with the knowledge of just how large and heavy we wanted to go. We have learned much since 2009. Had we spent more time looking at all kinds of RVs I think we would have bought a large Class C or possible a Class A. One thing I am certain of is that used is the way to go. Late model motorized RVs can be had for the same or less than we paid for our truck/Cruiser combination. We are home...less and less these days...and we normally have no need for such a large truck. Most of the time the truck sits in the garage. The truck has just under 41,000 miles in three years, very low for a diesel pickup. It would have been far better to have the RV in storage when not being used than an occasional use of my truck.
We realize that the RV is nothing we needed but something we wanted. As you can see from my signature we use it...a whole lot. Volunteering last year and workcamping this year. 2013 is unknown at this point but probably something of the same duration.
And yes Bob, I enjoy sleeping in my own bed while on the road.
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Old 09-01-2012, 04:46 AM   #5
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I guess it's different strokes for different folks.
We have owned two class Cs, and one class A. This cruiser is our second 5er.
Myself, I would "never" go back to a MH. I understand that not everybody reasons things out the same way.




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Old 09-01-2012, 06:52 AM   #6
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I'm another one that wants a motor home. I'm thinking of a 34 to 36 ft class A.
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Old 09-01-2012, 07:48 AM   #7
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Art,

I've kept fivers for as little as 3 yrs and as long as 7 yrs, didn't matter, resale has been 50% in all cases. Also, cost of a new (or used) unit will always be greater than the cost of maintenance on the old unit.

Regarding any MH, remember you can't fill up the fuel tank or the propane tank without driving the unit to the fuel station. This can be an issue when parked for a long time. I've been on a number of long volunteer jobs where the MH guys start worrying about running out of propane. I can still change the tires on the fiver or tv, but not on a MH. But what I dislike about all class A's and most class C's is coming in at the end of the day with dirty/muddy work clothes and having to go thru the living and kitchen areas before getting to the bathroom.

What is nice about a MH is having the outside mirrors always pointed in the right direction. One other tradeoff is traveling in hot weather, the need to run the generator (fuel costs) in order to run the roof A/C, but at least the unit is cool when you reach your destination.
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Old 09-01-2012, 12:39 PM   #8
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Larry made a good point in his post regarding the LP and fuel. I had that exact situation when we had one.
Another issue I have with them is you have two (2) engines and drive trains to maintain. If you have a toad on behind you can't back yourself out of a situation you might get into with out unhooking the toad, drive that out, then the MH, then get hooked back up. If you are using a trailer to haul, then you will stand a better chance.
Art, as you can see, I'm no longer a big fan of MHs.




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When we were looking for our first rv we kept an open mind on a 5er or MH. We had friends that had MH went to 5er's and 5er's that went to MH's. Bottom line is we wanted something to drive when we got to the park and just thought using the truck as my daily driver and to pull the 5er. each to there own and have to pay the price. My PP is 6 years and plan to pull it till the wheels fall off.



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Old 09-02-2012, 02:57 AM   #10
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Guys,
Thanks for the input and opinion. We have no intention of selling/trading/junking the Cruiser at least until 2017 when our extended warranty expires. Once we reach that point we'll see. Hopefully we'llboth enjoy good health and have the desire to continue RVing.

One thing I respectfully disagree withLarry about is selling the RV every couple of years. Say your RV cost $30,000 new and you sell it three years later for $15,000. That is $5,000 a year in depreciation. If you take a few week long trips each year that becomes very costly. We paid $30,000 for our Cruiser in August, 2009 and were just offered $13,000 in trade. I also realize that you buy an RV for pleasure but you have to be practical as well.
Since buying the three new La Z Boy pieces our comfort level has increased dramatically. The furniture in the entry level Class A models and some Class C models we saw are the same crummy pieces as were originally in our Cruiser.
Until 2017 it is this Cruiser for us.
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