Year vs Price

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  1. Jagtazman

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    Just curious on peoples opinions on this one
    If you could save £5k but the motorhome was 3 years older on a similar mileage and condition would you take the cheaper one or spend the extra £5k and get a new one?

    I am sat on the fence atm, looking at whats on the market atm / recently been on the market in past 6 months or so there seems to be on average circ £5k difference between 06 and 09 models.
     
  2. Flamenca

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    Rather depends on the actual selling price.... (£5k being 33% on £15k but only 7.5% on £75k)
     
  3. Jagtazman

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    my budget is £30k - £40k ideally £35k but may stretch hence question on year vs price is it worth it?
     
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    With that budget I would definitely opt for paying the extra £5k to have the 3 year younger model.
     
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    3 year younger model ✔️
     
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    The younger the better i.m.o.
     
  7. The Dude

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    Yep, agree.
     
  8. Snowbird

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    It all depends on the make of the van. My preference is quality of build rather than in what year it was built. Have seen new vans that would not see 10 years life span in regular use and have seen 20 year old vans that will still be giving service in another 20 years time. Better to go for an older quality built than a newer sticks and staples unless you only want to impress the neighbours.
     
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  9. Jagtazman

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    Looking at same / similar models same manufacture - rapido atm thanks for feedback appreciated
     
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    I suppose a bit like women; the younger the better........????? Just joking folks!
     
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    Joking aside, not necessarily true with women, and not necessarily true with motorhomes either. I hear lots of people complaining about how quality (of motorhomes) is not as high as it used to be, as Snowbird says.

    Steve
     
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    Our friends here in France 06 was the last year Rapido made quality vans , after the the furniture quality went down to save weight. Not sure if that helps or confuses. I agree with Snowbird on quality .
     
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    Agree with Dave.. @Snowbird

    older vans are 'generally ' better built

    new vans don't impress me..
     
  14. Lot lover

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    I'm a new boy so speak from theory rather than experience.

    IMHO newer = blingier and lower quality, with functional having gone from the dictionary

    I'm with Snowbird on this but then we have a last century MH.

    As for impressing the neighbours - huh. Luckily rural France does not go in for such silliness
     
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    Visited several cannot see a difference in build quality tbh seen ranges from 06 to 2011 to new.
    One think I am aware of is payload is low.
     
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    you won't, 06 - 2011 is still 'newish'

    you need to look pre 2005 to find the better build quality

    Last year when I was looking, had a budget of around £45k.. but eventually only spend £20k on a 2001 Hymer.. wasn't impressed with the newer models within my budget..
     
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    Consider the engine specification , it might be significantly different over 3 yrs

    2006 is strongly likely to be X244 after september 2006 this became X250 cab but time lag on conversions mean not likely until 07 plates generally.
    Mercedes? no idea
     
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  18. jdk62

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    Oh I don't know....some ladies just get better with age......
     
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  19. Mr B

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    Can't fault ours :)
    We went French/France and moved up two years newer for less than buying in Blighty. Sadly, the man who gave us loads of advice is no longer with us :(
    R.I.P judge....
     
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    Younger vehicle if it's still within your budget.
     
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