My wife and I are planning on buying a Class-B RV and we are looking for some tips on planning the purchase and budgeting for routine expenses.
- Me 58, DW 57, both of us are now retired as of Dec2017
- Federal Tax Rate 22%, State 9.3% (CA)
- Retirement is well funded, I have a pension and expect under 3% SWR on a roughly 50/50 Portfolio
- We started seriously looking a few weeks ago--this will be our first RV purchase
- Top of our list is the Pleasure-Way Plateau FL
- This will be a cash purchase and will not endanger our Retirement
- We plan to use the RV for extended road trips (for 2 adults) and explore US and Canada--it will not be our primary residence.
- We like the Class-B's since they are relatively small and we plan to do a great deal of Boondocking and Stealth Camping outside of regular RV campgrounds. DW requires a toilet and we both need the comforts of a good bed. Additional advantage of the Class-B is we can go almost anywhere (except serious off-roading) and be fairly self sufficient.
- Anyone have any insights on a Class-B RVs and/or Pleasure-Way?
- So far we have looked hard at Airstream, Roadtrek and Pleasure-Way -- any suggestions for other manufacturers to check out?
- Any resource recommendations for understanding the depreciation of these RVs? I know a new 2018 will take a hit, but there are some features we like and would like to have some rational basis for a cost/benefit analysis of new vs. used.
- Any tips on negotiating a better price through a dealership? There doesn't seem to be much competition between dealers in this part of the state.
- Any resource recommendations for direct purchase of used models would also be appreciated.
- Recommendations for rental sites would be most appreciated. So far we have been working with RVShare but haven't had much luck in setting up rentals.
- What regular expenses should I plan for? So far I have:
- DMV Registration
- Regular Maintenance (oil changes etc.)
- What am I missing?
Thanks in advance for any insights and suggestions.