I heard from someone yesterday who had some questions about the Winnebago motorhome we have for sale. She said she had looked at all of the photos we have posted of it, including the upgrades we have done, and her concern was that those upgrades may have lowered the value of the motorhome. She said she and her husband have been fulltiming in a Class C for a year now and have been paranoid about doing anything that would hurt its resale value come trade in time.
I replied, telling her that I felt things like the flat screen TVs, custom computer workstations and dining room table, the automatic rooftop satellite dish, wooden window blinds, etc. probably increased the value. Then I told her that none of that really matters anyway, because the moment you drive an RV off the dealer’s lot you have already lost a ton of resale value.
Folks, RVs are not an investment, they are a depreciating asset. Every morning when you wake up, every mile you drive, everything you do lowers the book value. Nobody I know ever owned an RV and made money on the deal when it came time to sell or trade it in. It doesn’t work that way.
So don’t worry about things like hanging photos on the walls, or putting one of those maps of the states you have visited on the door, or taking out the couch and adding a couple of recliners if that’s what suits you better. These are just some of the things I’ve heard RV owners agonize about over the years because they just know that when it comes time to sell or trade in their rig, it’s going to cost them money. We actually met somebody once who had only traveled a few hundred miles from home since they started fulltiming, because they did not want to put miles on their new rig, knowing that it would lower its resale value.
I was reminded of when Terry and I built our MCI bus conversion. Quite a few bus nuts told us we needed to raise the roof, which back then would have cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $10,000. We are both short enough that we didn’t need to raise the roof, but the argument we kept getting was that a bus conversion with a raised roof would be worth more at resale time. No it won’t. Besides, we built it to live in it, not to get the maximum dollar when we were ready to get out of it. We made it our own, to suit us and our lifestyle. We did the same thing with the Winnebago.
And that’s what you should do with your RV, too! Make it your own, make it comfortable for the way you want to live, and don’t worry yourself sick about depreciation. That ship has already sailed.
Several blog readers have asked where they can find pictures and information on our 2002 Winnebago Ultimate Advantage motorhome, which we are selling. I have set up a page for it, with lots of info and photos. You can access it here at this Motorhome For Sale link.
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