We bought the RV, well, signed for it on 6/29/10 and bought it for $6,000.00+ under NADA and what other dealers were asking for theirs. I haven’t kept good records of gas usage for 2010 but this year I am going to log everything. Total in repair and maintenance for 2010 was $3048.36, we also bought an ACME Tow Dolly for $1,399.00.
Considering I had to pay to re-paint the passenger fender because our dealer screwed up, I had the driver and passenger exterior mirrors and entrance door handle and surround painted. Our total cash put out for the RV last year not including purchase price and down payment was $4447.36 so we’re still under the NADA value and what we have seen this model go for at other dealers and on eBay. There is two on eBay right now going for 40k with more miles and I can almost guarantee they leak somewhere!
Total cash out the door for 2011 is just between gas and storage at $180.49 so a decent start. I need to get the engine and genny fluids changed and the rig de-winterized and washed and waxed so there will be some more costs and I’m hoping the batteries hold up for the first few trips, they have held up so far this winter so I’m crossing my fingers. I’m reading through the user manual to try and tackle a few of the items myself, problem there is TIME, oh yeah, have to get the smog test done so we can renew our plates. Most test centers are CLOSED and the ones that can handle 36ft RV’s are spread out but I did find one! Hopefully they will be around when I get there!
Somehow South Elgin, IL is more worried about smog than other areas because we still have to get our vehicles tested while most of the state does not. Makes no sense to me but hey, it’s Illinois.
29 Days, 4 hours, 14 minutes!