Originally Posted by BobontheRocks
I have taken this advice to heart. While it will cost me more, I have decided to go with a new unit. Plus, a closer look at my parking space suggests that as short as possible is best. 20 ft would be very tight. 18 ft would be better. I don't think that I am going to find any used 18 ft with what I want. So I am going with new from a dealer close to me. I am considering a Thor Scope 18M
You're fortunate that you can afford a new RV! Sounds like you've found a good choice. I just wanted to put in a plug for older Class B's. I've owned a 1998 Coach House Wide Body, a 2001 Coach House, and now a 1999 Roadtrek 190 Popular that I've had for 8 years. I had the first Coach House for 5 years until it was totaled in a highway accident. I didn't like the layout with the wet bath and the furnace by the couch in the 2nd Coach House because I had less storage space than the first one, so I sold it after a year. In terms of repairs, I've had the typical vehicle repairs, such as the serpentine belt, alternator, etc. In terms of coach repairs, the propane ignition and something involving charging the coach battery weren't working when I first bought the Roadtrek, probably from it not having been used very much. I've replaced the coach air conditioner, and I've had generators worked on because I haven't run them monthly as I should. I had to have the diode isolator replaced once. I don't think my expenses or repairs have been excessive. I've only owned older vehicles, so I expect some repairs anyway. A friend of mine who has bought 3 brand new Class C's (she trades them in frequently) has had to have more major repairs done on her brand new ones than I've had on mine. In terms of the selling price, people are asking way more now than what I paid for mine 8 years ago and even 14 years ago for my first Coach House. I paid $17,000 for my 1998 Coach House and $20,000 for my 1999 Roadtrek. I have been seeing prices as high as $39,000 for these same models now! I've been telling people for the past few years that I could probably sell my Roadtrek for the same amount I paid for it, based on the prices I've seen on-line. When I totaled my first Coach House after owning it for 5 years, I had no idea what my insurance would give me for it. I was expecting maybe $12,000. They gave me $15,600! I was really happy with that.