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Old 06-29-2019, 11:24 PM   #1
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Default Timeshare or RV? Which gives you more value?

The secret to getting the most value from either one is to use it.....

At the end of the day..it might be a tossup.... but, at least the RV is a tangible asset... that you can drive around.

Of course, maintenance is an issue on both..….

I know people who have used "timeshares"... heck, Thousand Trails is an RV timeshare......

SO.... which is the better value..... answer...the one you use.

Any disagreement?
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Old 06-30-2019, 11:47 AM   #2
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Probably a little easier to get out of a Class B than out of a timeshare!
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Old 06-30-2019, 01:33 PM   #3
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Probably a little easier to get out of a Class B than out of a timeshare!
That was my thought, too. Timeshares can be tricky to unload. I don’t know that they depreciate like a motor vehicle, though. Never considered one myself.

A Class B requires more personal involvement in upkeep and repair. Time is money.

The general principle applies to pretty much any property that is not for primarily investment purposes. It only makes sense to buy something if you will use it. The more you use it the better value it is.

It hard to know how much you will really use something new, however, and marketers are skilled at leading people to greatly overestimate the use they will get. Best to find creative ways to dip your toe into a particular lifestyle before making a major purchase.
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Generally, you get "ownership" of a timeshare one week per year.

With an RV, you get ownership (quotes removed) for 52 weeks per year.

RV>TS
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The best value of all is a hotel. There is no up front purchase, no commitment, no maintenance, no insurance, no storage, complete flexility, etc etc etc..
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The best value of all is a hotel. There is no up front purchase, no commitment, no maintenance, no insurance, no storage, complete flexility, etc etc etc..
From a purely financial perspective, that is probably TRUE.

You pay as you go.... but, you lose some of the "adventure" of an RV......
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That was my thought, too. Timeshares can be tricky to unload. I don’t know that they depreciate like a motor vehicle, though. Never considered one myself.

A Class B requires more personal involvement in upkeep and repair. Time is money.

The general principle applies to pretty much any property that is not for primarily investment purposes. It only makes sense to buy something if you will use it. The more you use it the better value it is.

It hard to know how much you will really use something new, however, and marketers are skilled at leading people to greatly overestimate the use they will get. Best to find creative ways to dip your toe into a particular lifestyle before making a major purchase.
We use ours for 30 -45 days per year... average....
And, have put 20,000 miles on it over two years..... first year more miles than the 2nd year.......

It's not a daily driver, but, we have used it for weekend or day trips to the beach.
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There is a growing industry to free people from the perpetual expenses of "owning" a timeshare. I suspect the answer lies there.

And to each his own.
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I agree with jrobe. But it depends on how much you use your RV. If you're a full-timer or if you're a sometimes-weekend-warrior. "Adventure" means different things to different people. I could have explored Glacier just as easily by staying at one of the historic lodges there. Going to China, Cuba, Peru, and the Eastern bloc were, for me, quite the "adventures."

Many time shares are now a lot like hotels. A relative of mine has had one for over 10 years and it is in a more condo like complex where you don't have a permanent place. You might stay in one apartment one stay. Another apartment for the next. I've been happy with the AirBnBs that I've stayed at abroad. Another venue I've explored is sabbaticalhomes.com. Despite the name, you don't have to be a professor on sabbatical to rent one of these.
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I bough a Disneyworld timeshare(disney vacation club) in 1993 and sold it in
january 2019 for 10,000 dollars more than i paid for it in 1993. with inflation probably break even.

We went to disneyworld every year and sometimes twice in 1 year. always loved it.

If you going to buy a timeshare DVC is the one. My sold in 3 weeks.
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