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  1. 2psinapod

    2psinapod Read Only Funster

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    We only plan to buy one motorhome, should we new or secondhand. Do they last 10 years or more, how old before its too old? thank you
     
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    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    Second hand !

    Let someone else take the big hit and manufacturing defects.

    10 year old ones can be more substantial then new designs.

    It's surprising how little some get used, ours was 4 years and 4000 miles when we bought it. I often notice vans for sale at this kind of mileage. We do about 5000 a year so even after 10 years the mechanics are little used.
     
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    Used is better - you save a fortune, and chances are, it has only be used a dozen times at most!

    I have seen used for 15-20k less than new, and only have 5000 miles on the clock!

    As with age, it depends what you are happy with. They will loose value quickly over the first few years, then level out to a relatively stable value. Once they are something like 15 years old, they bottom out at 7-10k which they pretty much stay at. Even a rusted out heap will get 5k!

    With mileage, they will always be low. You will find many late 80's vehicles with only 50k on the clock, which if the body has been maintained well - then there is plenty of life left in it! I saw an old burstner on an 89 plate in a dealers, it was 'old' but on looking inside i was surprised on how nice it was - even knocked socks off some much newer models!

    Have a look with open eyes and see what grabs you!:thumb:
     
  4. Cam1

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    Hi,
    We bought an old motorhome first to see if we liked it. We did, and then upgraded. Have you been motorhoming before? Do you want to spend 30/40k and then decide you don't like it.
    I would go for old and learn the ropes, then go for it!
    Good luck in whatever you decide.
    Cam:thumb:
     
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    Used every single time for me, 3-5 years old with about 10000 miles on it.

    Can understand anyone buying new, though obviously someone has to :thumb:

    Ive read all the threads about getting into a bed no-one else has slept in etc, but if it bothered me that much id still buy used and get a new matress (and still be £1000s better off!!!)

    Most motorhomes sit on the driveway for 50 weeks of the year and do less than 2000 miles per year.
     
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    Our Kontiki was 12 years old when we bought it and we saved around £5000 buying private. It only had 30000 on the clock in 12 years. In 2 years we have done 23000 miles in it. I reckon the old ones are better than the new ones!

    Cheers
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  7. Jaws

    Jaws Funster Life Member

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    My previous one was a 1989 Hobby on a Fiat Ducato base.. it had about 70k miles on it and never once missed a beat or caused any issues for us.

    The ONLY reason we bought newer was the fact we wanted even more room than we had !

    II sold that to a mate for about £8000... That was last year and hew has had 3 or 4 trips down to the south of france and the italian alps in it
     
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    I wouldn't be too bothered about mileage as the engines are commercial and designed to go forever. More important is finding a good layout, checking everything works and getting the body work checked out. Our rear axle hadn't been maintained or greased like it should and it went last year. Cost £2600 to replace. so good service record is a must
     
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    Second hand same reasons as above. Our Winne's 15 years old, doesn't look it inside or out and has around 56K on the clock, bearly run in:thumb:

    As said look about if you go second hand, some people don't look after thier MH, or can't be bothered to clean it to sell, others, keep them as spotless as can be.
     
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    Just be careful of the DIY nutter I saw a Hymer that had more cable in it than the national grid
     
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    our motorhome celebrates its 20th year this year and is still going strong

    Even if I was a multi millionaire I would always buy 2nd hand
     
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    I'm definitely with the general trend here - older could well be better, not only because any teething problems should have been ironed out, but also because to my eyes at any rate the build quality and materials in a 10+ year-old motorhome seem significantly better than those being built today. High mileage doesn't bother me either, in fact I'd much rather buy a 15-year-old with 150,000 miles on the clock than an eight-year-old with only 3,000 miles.

    The main, no the only, important thing is condition and how well the servicing and upkeep have been carried out. That's second only to the layout that's right for you, of course.
     
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    I wonder who that was :Wink: .... :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    pre-owned is term you need, look around both private and at a dealers, it just depends if you need the hand holding a dealer gives

    I bought privatly but I dont like salesmen, but there are good guys out there.

    If you need a motor home inspected and a report done there are compaines out there who will do it, but make sure you find the right layout first, I paid out for one only to find it wasn't the layout what we wanted.
     
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    Yep we agree Used, often there are extras added to the m/h and we also bought privately, 8 yrs old, 15,000 on the clock , well looked afte..... we are very happy funster's
    :thumb::thumb::thumb:
     
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    my N registered Topaz is looked after better than the wife:Rofl1: she tells me more often than I can remember, that I treat her like a mistress, ( the Topaz that is ) well its me age that keeps me at home :thumb: (all this is tongue in cheek of course):RollEyes:
     
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    For us deffo pre owned

    Our hymer 584 is built like a tank, 7 years old and well sorted

    We took a look at the new hymers last year and the build quality is just not there anymore, and the depreciation on new is eye watering.

    So Hengist ( thats it,s name) is going to be around for the duration

    Happy Daze
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    But we rely on the multi-millionaires to buy new and then get bored! Jane
     
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    We did exactly the same and absolutely no regrets.
     
  20. Maurice & Val

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    We've had old bangers for years, usually kept them for a couple, got bored and changed to another. Then around 2 years ago came across our current van, Autosleepers Nuevo ES. Just under 3 years 55 plate, 2k on the clock. (traded in our old style Romahome towards it) It's by far the best we've had, no intention of changing it for a long while yet. Brilliant layout, perfect for the 2 of us. Now done 22k with many more to come over the weeks ahead.
     
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