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Old 03-07-2017, 12:54 AM   #1
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I've been looking for an rv for almost a year. Each time I rent a car, put my dog in daycare and drive hours to see one, I'm met with a rig that is -nothing- like the ad. I drove 2 hrs to look at a class b coach house today. Based on my conversations with the seller and the ad, I was sure this one had promise. Just another disappointment. They left each and -every- bad item out of the ad, of course, waiting for me to drive 2 hours to show me, in person. Asking big bucks for an rv that I don't believe is worth half the price.

Sure wish folks were honest in their ads. I give up.

Just venting. Thanks for reading.
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Old 03-07-2017, 01:47 AM   #2
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I've been looking for an rv for almost a year. Each time I rent a car, put my dog in daycare and drive hours to see one, I'm met with a rig that is -nothing- like the ad. I drove 2 hrs to look at a class b coach house today. Based on my conversations with the seller and the ad, I was sure this one had promise. Just another disappointment. They left each and -every- bad item out of the ad, of course, waiting for me to drive 2 hours to show me, in person. Asking big bucks for an rv that I don't believe is worth half the price.

Sure wish folks were honest in their ads. I give up.

Just venting. Thanks for reading.
Try going to an RV dealer and looking at their used inventory and cost. That might recalibrate your expectations.
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each unit you look at makes clear which questions to ask about the next...

before going somewhere use google maps to look at the address- if you see that RV in the pics, that is a good sign, if you see other rv's that indicates they are flipping junk*.

a title search through dmv can tell you if the unit have been changing hands


or car fax or even just google the vin- that will sometimes give you a wholesale auction return


look at the aerial and streetview of the home, property and the other possesions of the seller- junk or well kept?

you can do all this from home

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*we had a neighbor doing that - her ads always talking about "family owned" ( yes, some family) and sob story about having to sell for medical costs.
enough complaints and MVD over here shut them down.
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Old 03-07-2017, 01:56 AM   #4
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Try going to an RV dealer and looking at their used inventory and cost. That might recalibrate your expectations.
I did do that a few weeks ago. It was an education. I wish I could bring myself to spend 60k on an rv, but I can't do it. I guess I shouldn't be surprised at the quality of rv's I'm finding in my search.
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each unit you look at makes clear which questions to ask about the next...

before going somewhere use google maps to look at the address- if you see that RV in the pics, that is a good sign, if you see other rv's that indicates they are flipping junk*.

a title search through dmv can tell you if the unit have been changing hands


or car fax or even just google the vin- that will sometimes give you a wholesale auction return


look at the aerial and streetview of the home, property and the other possesions of the seller- junk or well kept?

you can do all this from home

mike

*we had a neighbor doing that - her ads always talking about "family owned" ( yes, some family) and sob story about having to sell for medical costs.
enough complaints and MVD over here shut them down.
I have learned quite a bit inspecting rv's and I think my questions have improved, maybe almost enough to keep me from making a serious mistake. I couldn't arrange for a proper inspection today because the rv repair shop wanted to charge me $500 for it! Ridiculous. I had to rely on myself.

How do I do a title search via the DMV? I didn't know that was possible.

Google maps is a great idea! Thanks. Hadn't thought of that.

I've heard every story there is about why they're selling. It's become a red flag more than anything else. I'm glad that seller got shut down. I don't know which is riskier, buying from a private seller or a dealer.

Thanks for the guidance. I will use your advice to look for local rv's. No more doggie daycare, car rentals and driving.
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Just the luck of the draw, I guess. My problem seven years ago was they were always sold by the time I got there. Most ads wouldn't even return a call for the same reason. I finally found a Craigslist (Florida, I'm in Phoenix) ad four hours after posting at 11PM. Called at 8AM. Told her I'd buy it if it was as represented, checked the VIN number which matched her story, Sent her $1k and flew out the next week. Her phone was ringing off the hook. She under priced it so I added $3k to keep her happy till I could pick it up in two weeks.

That was in 2010 for a 2003 C190P with 44k miles and a total price of $30k. Plastic was still on the carpets, front and rear, and the dump system and stove had never been used. It did have a TracVision in motion satelite TV system.

It did have major Florida corrosion. I found out later the generator was putting out 165 volts (governor adjustment) and had major corrosion problems requiring a new mounting pan and other parts. I think it had been driven in snow in the northeast.

Anyhow, no regrets, but it is certainly a gamble. 100k now. You do have to be able to do your own RV systems repairs to make it financially viable. It would have been a disaster to hire the corrosion repairs and upgrades like HD TV and dash radio. It had taken a hit on the dump valves and tires were seven years old. Just thought I'd share the story.
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If you find something in Phoenix let me know and I'll go look at it. We could at least tell you if it would be worth the trip.

I couldn't/wouldn't pay $60k, either, let alone the $100k for a new one. I'm amazed others can. More than a few here announce new purchases. I don't like the new ones anyhow with their full bathrooms and such.

What price range are you shopping in? Class C's are cheaper if you care.
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if you want a bargain, you have to travel further.
Nothing in Socal is cheap.
Nothing in CA is cheap.
Try the northern states.
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Asking big bucks for an rv that I don't believe is worth half the price.

One possibility is that your perception of the value of a used Class B is way off. Every single new Class B started out as a $40,000-50,000 vehicle before anyone even started a conversion on it. It is easy to see how they get to $100,000 fast. Class B's then hold their value well partly because there are not many of them around compared to other RV's. I don't see many on the market very long. I suspect that your perception of the value of a Class B and the actual market value in 2017 are quite a ways off.
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I've been looking for an rv for almost a year. Each time I rent a car, put my dog in daycare and drive hours to see one, I'm met with a rig that is -nothing- like the ad. I drove 2 hrs to look at a class b coach house today. Based on my conversations with the seller and the ad, I was sure this one had promise. Just another disappointment. They left each and -every- bad item out of the ad, of course, waiting for me to drive 2 hours to show me, in person. Asking big bucks for an rv that I don't believe is worth half the price.

Sure wish folks were honest in their ads. I give up.

Just venting. Thanks for reading.

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What is your budget?
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