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Old 02-01-2012, 10:23 AM   #1
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I have a curiosity question as to why people so frequently trade/upgrade their RVs. When we were in the market we decided on a unit based on something that would last a long time. This meant years as we have no intention of buying another RV. Our grandchildren were 4 and 1 when we bought the Cruiser and we bought what we thought will grow with the family. RVs are such a depreciating asset that you can never get ahead or your money's worth unless you keep it fora very long time. It is similar to a motor vehicle. If one trades every couple of years you will always be in the hole. My wife's 2005 SUV has been paid off for 3-1/2 years with no intention of replacing it any time soon. My truck is a 2009 with only 34,000 miles. I figure at that rate it will be good for at least ten years and 200,000 miles.

Once again, I am not looking to insult anyone. We are all permitted to indulge ourselves as we see fit, or not. Just curious.
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Old 02-01-2012, 10:37 AM   #2
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If you have the means why not.



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Old 02-01-2012, 10:44 AM   #3
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Artgpo, have always wondered the same thing. Although our first two units were trial units, as were seeing if this was what we really wanted to do and therefore we purchased used, but still had each unit for 3 years. Our current unit, bought new, is now starting it's eigth year, and the plan is for it to be around awhile. The wife's SUV is a 2003 with 75,000 miles and paid off in 2008 with plans for it to stay around. The exception is my truck ( personal and work) that gets around 150K every 5 years and gets replaced.
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Shane, I do agree that it is a personal decision. I was taught that money does not grow on trees but never lived life that way. I was always trading in for a new car every three years. It took me a long time to realize that driving the wheels off was the best way to go. I am not out to impress anyone. Being retired and living on pensions certainly has changedmy perspective. Our investments have to last a long time so buying new vehicles and RVs does not work for us. I would rather have an appreciating asset invested someplace than a shiny depreciating one in the driveway/campground.
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Old 02-01-2012, 10:53 AM   #5
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I think a lot of newbies buy with the thought of they will buy and see how they like it. I see a lot of advice given out there to buy used, learn the ropes and learn what you like and don't like, then trade it in. For some this may work. For us, we bought our Zinger w/ a 10 yr ownership plan. We thought about current and future needs. We were newbies that did our homework and got a good trailer with a floorplan that will work for a long time for us.
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My next TT will be a toy hauler that I can entertain in. Some of the models we have looked at have nice fold out decks that are screen inclosed..



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Old 02-01-2012, 10:00 PM   #7
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You only hear or read posts from those that have made recent RV purchases. It would take an owner's poll to find out the average length of RV ownership. You could also look at signatures to get a better idea, but again new owners (either newbies or upgrades) will be posting more often.

Of our 4 previous 5th wheels, two were owned for 7+ yrs and two for just a couple of yrs. Needs, wants, financial resources and new features don't always align with long term ownership.
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Old 02-01-2012, 10:13 PM   #8
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What Larry says is so true. It is the same for complaints. Sure, many of us participate on here to shout the praises of our CR products. Most of us have had complaints as well. The loudest voices sometimes seem to be those with issues with their coach.
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As you travel the highways you don't see many RV junkyards so someone must be keeping their units. I think some buy just to have the latest of everything but most keep their units longer than the advertised average three years.
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The main reason we traded our 07 for the 2010 was because of the significant changes Crossroads made in the 30sk floorplan. The larger cabinet/countertop area and the wardrobe area gave us more space and useability for our three month winter stay in the south. Can't imagine anything coming along that would cause us to trade this one.
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