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Old 07-31-2020, 07:29 PM   #1
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Default First time RV buyer - go New or Used?

New here, happy to have found this forum. My family of 3 has just started researching Class B's. We're totally new to RV's - my wife and I literally set foot in a couple class B's for the first time this week (a Solis and a Travato at dealerships here in SoCal). Given the fact that we're total noobs, I'm contemplating whether going new or used makes the most sense for us. I know the usual pros and cons of buying used vs new cars(have almost always bought used), but are there any other considerations specific to RVs I might not be thinking of? Thanks.

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Old 07-31-2020, 07:53 PM   #2
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for the mechanics, most RV's have 95% highway miles...not alot of starts and stops, cold starts etc.
so less wear on mechanics per mile than a car

more wear on suspension, many B's weigh 8000# +

as for lay out if you are tall likely better choice is a fore/aft sleeper, rather than side to side ( which also requires climbover to use the head)

watch out for "newer" battery and power technologies- older tech is proven- some of the alternatives have advertised more than reality

the advantages of the good newer tech will be available in a new build

watch videos online of how the sales people move about the RV as they display features- ease of movement says alot

we rented a B and learned much and then looked at 12 or 15 in person.
we are completely happy in our choice which at the time was 8 years old and 80,000 miles and cost 1/3 of new


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Old 07-31-2020, 08:21 PM   #3
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Thanks Mike! Good stuff. Glad to hear you bought used and it worked out well!
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