The pros and cons of new and used units are varied (and well-documented elsewhere). But the very best reason to buy an RV someone else already paid full-price for is to get the depreciation discount. Another good reason, perhaps overlooked, is that reusing an already existing rig is more environmentally conscious. You know - reduce, reuse, recycle. Those are about the only rationales I can think of to buy used. I mean, if cost and conscience weren’t issues, wouldn’t we all buy all-new everything? With the possible exception of antiques and wine?
Here's a list of my reasons for buying new.
1) I deserve it. Well, that looks like an arrogant statement on paper and … I guess it is! But I’m just being honest. I’m 53 years old and finally realizing (i.e. really understanding) how very short this life is. Like many, I’ve worked, lived frugally, and saved aggressively. I’m thinking it’s time to reap a few benefits. I want to avoid the error of eating generic oatmeal three times a day while leaving behind a hefty portfolio. Because I am exactly the kind of person who would do something like that.
2) New car smell! My former Casita was 4 years old at the time of purchase and it was a great rig but …. I look forward to sleeping on cushions that no one else has slept on and using the plumbing that no one ….. well, you know.
|Our 1998 16 ft. Casita Spirit Deluxe|
3) Warranties. We usually shop used – homes, clothes, cars. Every wonderful 4-legged family member we’ve had over the years was a recycle. But I want my first couple of years with the rig to be, if not trouble-free, then repair cost-free.
4) Casitas hold their value. The manufacturer states that their fiberglass trailers depreciate, on average, at the rate of $500/year. The used market prices support that assertion. So I can save 2K by getting a used 2008 as opposed to a new 2012 - not much of a savings. I hope to use it for the next 10 years. Then I'll retire and maybe get a bigger rig. If that depreciation rule-of-thumb is accurate, I can sell the Casita after a decade of ownership for $5,000 less than I paid new. Not bad.
5) Reason #4 notwithstanding, what I really hope is that I will use the trailer on into retirement. If one amortorizes the original cost over say, 20 years, the expense of buying new is further mitigated. This trailer will outlive me.
6) I get the trailer I want when I want. I was able to order the floor plan and options that were important to me. I was also able to make a few special requests – no exterior graphics, no towel bars in the bathroom, no spice rack in the kitchen. Casita just started offering the under-cabinet mounted TV/DVD player (which I may never use). It’s pretty spiff. I won’t be able to pick the trailer up till mid-December and I know it will be ready when I am. All shiny and everything!
7) The pilgrimage to the Casita factory in Rice,
. Thousands of owners have made the trek to this place that’s located on the outside of nowhere to pick up their new eggs. It’s an adventure! You get to: tour the factory, receive an in-depth orientation from the technician, eat at the legendary Collins Street bakery, and spend a couple of nights at American RV Park for a shake-down with the guidance of the Casita-savvy campground owners. It’s a tradition that just sounds like a lot of fun. And a good excuse for a road trip! Texas
Speaking of which: rvsue and her canine crew are on the eve of their departure for Rice. She has been planning this leap into full-timing for years. If you appreciate funny and engaging blogs, go there immediately!!!