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T. Anderson

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I'm considering buying a used Class C with the intention of keeping it for 1-2 years, traveling all over the USA, and then selling it.
Is there a particular brand that would hold its value better than others over a 2-3 year period? Maybe even a specific model.
My budget will be $60K or less.

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Condition is usually more important than the brand. A low end unit in excellent condition is generally a better deal than a high end unit in good/fair condition.
Some have had good luck with former rental units.

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If you buy a rental unit from a reputable company you can be assured the chassis maintenance was completed properly.


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I agree with the condition of.
If I had to make a guess, I would think a unit such as Coach House with a uni-body fiberglass shell would be on top of the list. Phoenix Cruisers seem to hold their value as well.
What I would research is, the used Sprinter market. I have no idea how people think of the expensive replacement parts of the M. Benz which is going to happen on vehicles that are out of warranty.

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A 3 to 5 year old Phoenix Cruiser will closely hold it's value for your intended purposes. I am not sure a 1 to 2 year old will as much because you would be paying so much more to buy it, and the worst of depreciation has not passed yet.

Regarding which model holds it's value the best, I think it is model 2551 and 2552. The twin beds in the shorter lengths seem to be most sought after, hence more apt to get your money back after a year or two of serious use.

As others have mentioned, "Condition" means so VERY much.

We special ordered our PC HERE new in May 2007, paying $67,205, immediately followed by various suspension upgrades and other smaller rig-specifics including two built-in TVs, a 3rd captain seat, leather dinette, and other OEM upgrades done later to bring our investment to around $73,000. Because of how we store and care for our rig retaining it's "Like New" condition, along with it's low ~40,000 miles driven, I think I might be able to get half of that back in resale. I wouldn't really know for certain unless I tried, but selling our like-new PC would be a very dumb idea for us personally.

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yes condition is the most important. Brands vary in quality even among the units produced. Winnebago has a "NAME" but I am not necessarily impressed with the unit we have. So if going to buy to resell in 1-2 years I would go with an older unti that can be had fairly cheap, put a few dollars in it such as tires tuneup etc and then use and then sell. Lots of rv's out there even late 90's can be found in good condition at reasonable prices (class A's), mid 2000 class C's are also available cheaply in a lot of cases and if it is still in good condition you can sell with little to no loss as long as it doesnt need lot $$ to get it to where it wanted for your comfort and convenience. We pait $70+K for a 1year old low mileage unit which new was in the 6 figure range, they are still selling (asking $50-60K) for same rv/type. So age will be a factor but overall condition is what you need to be concerned with. There is an article on fax travel news that many are buying rv's due to covid! In a year or 2 the market will probably be flooded with USED low mileage/usage rv's IMO so return on investments will probably take a big hit as in what you stated to begin with.

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Thanks so much for the replies so far. I'm already thinking that maybe a Class B may be a better choice for us, so who knows where I'll end up in this quest.
And I'm glad to hear that condition is the most important factor, as that opens up a ton more options when looking for candidates.

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T. Anderson wrote:

Thanks so much for the replies so far. I'm already thinking that maybe a Class B may be a better choice for us, so who knows where I'll end up in this quest.
And I'm glad to hear that condition is the most important factor, as that opens up a ton more options when looking for candidates.


If you are looking to travel and sightsee a class B is great. If you are stopping to see the sights or driving most of the day.
I had two B's and really enjoyed the compact rv.
They are limited for longer term camping in one spot due to limited storage and tank size as well as interior long term comfort.

If you are interested in an rv that takes up one parking spot and offers you a bathroom and bed wherever you are , check out the Winnebago line, they tend to do pretty well with resale too.

Take into consideration to research lithium batteries if you choose to go that route which is popping up a lot in class B units.
"L" models are lithium, I'm not sure if there is service available while on the road for those batteries, might be very limited. I do not have any experience using lithium batteries, I'm an AGM guy and that's not a problem.

Look at the Travato 59k twin beds w/king insert option . Rear bath/shower. Dinning option with table between the beds or small table up front using swivel front seats. Good view for tv watching.

Travato 59G w/ corner bath but offers a small 48" double bed that folds up for bike storage and such on the floor. It's a tight sleep for two adults. Has a front dinette but, if it matters to you, the tv is in an awkward place to view. The dinette comfort level is so-so.

B's are going to be limited in ext storage space, but Travato offers a complete roof rack system with box or basket and ladder. It also offers a rear bike rack. Some owners tow a small utility trailer and some use a rear hitch rack with tote box but be careful of adding too much weight that affects handling on any rv. You don't want a FWD vehicle spinning its tires on wet roads or gravel/dirt roads. Be careful how you load them.

Good luck in your quest, be safe.

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A used unit with service records. Whenever I purchase a used vehicle it must have that. I prefer original owner vs dealerships. Too many vehicles coming

from the auction as re-po's are sold at dealerships. If a person could not make payments they dang sure didn't keep it serviced and maintained. An

inspection by a qualified RV mechanic should be on your list. Money well spent. So many issues can go unnoticed when you are gazing at your possible

purchase imagining yourself next to that trout stream you've been wanting to hit.Take your time. My rig was in Minnesota and I live in Southern Cal.

Never regretted that one way flight and the drive home.

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If considering a class B, I always thought the Rialta was interesting. If serious about one, I would try to get a 2003-2005 for it came with the strongest available VW engine. The oldest ones built in the 90's are under-powered.

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