My husband and I are hoping to buy a Class A or Class C for fulltiming in the near future. Our budget is quite low, around $10,000, saving a few thousand for repairs. In your experience, for this price range, is it better to buy from an individual or a dealer? I've seen some online that look like they might be viable options through a dealer about 100 miles away from us. Experiences and opinions gratefully accepted!
I found one in Fort Worth that was a real nice home, well taken care of and stored under an awning. Everything worked, the only problem I found with it is the rubber around the roof A/C, Antenna and vents was cracked. I would want to seal up the roof first. It was a 1995 35 foot adventurer, no slide, that had not been smoked in and smelled clean. He was asking 11,500, and because of the condition I offered 9000, which was still over NADA value, but it was the best I had seen at the time. They said they would take 10, I decided to pass, as NADA on the unit is 8200. It only has 26k miles. I ended up spending twice that for the one I just picked up today, but I only have minor things to do to this one. Like get wires to hook the TV into the surround sound system, tighten a mirror, replace the swivel chair with my leather recliner, etc.. If you like I can shoot you his e-mail, after I've checked with him. But it also had the 454 which I wanted the V-10, it had a 5 k genset, I wanted at least a 6.5, little stuff. But I think now if he still has it, if you were to offer him 8k, he may take 9. He's paying $120 a month to store it, plus insurance, etc. I've been looking intently for about 6 months, but looking casual for years, I needed to have the cash first though. I listen to Dave Ramsey, and we teach his course at our church. Nothing is so good that it can't wait until tomorrow, because another one will always come along. Don't fall in love, make a rational decision on your purchase. Good luck.