Some people are "new" house people.
Some people are "fixer up" house people.
Some people buy used cars and deal with repairs, or better yet do them themselves. Some people are mechanical and getting under a hood and fixing an engine or repairing an appliance is fun for them.
We are none of those.
We've never bought a new house. I can't imagine Craig working with a builder to make all the decisions involved in a new house together.
We've had fixer uppers, but the fixing up has almost always been painful.
When we were young, we had a couple of used cars, but that was because it was all we could afford. Craig has never been a "car guy."
The last six vehicle we have had, were bought new. We always had all the required maintenance things done for the first ten years or so by the dealer, and then, when breakdowns occurred, we took them to either a dealer or repair shop.
Oil changes, and new tires were always bought as needed.
We have probably held onto to our cars a lot longer than was sensible, but that is just the way we are.
When I was thinking "Full Time," a gently used Diesel was our first choice. It is said that diesel engines are just getting broken in at 50 - 100K miles! Besides the price for a new large diesel is pretty high.
But now. Well, we just don't need a big diesel for "Anytime." I would like to try to 30' -32" Class A. Either would fit much nicer in State parks and on BLM land.
I know you loose a lot when you drive a new rig off the lot. But that pain can be lessened by looking at new but last year's models.
I haven't found the "Lazy Days" of Norther California. The few used salesmen I have talked to say No warrantee, As Is on used rigs. I don't see any major reconditioning like Al and Karen got on their Monaco.
If we had had more experience with RVs I might have a better idea of which way to be looking. But for now I'm pondering NEW vs Used.
One year warrantees sound pretty attractive. But on a used rig can't you buy an extended warrantee for less than the depreciation of a new one?
What have you done?
Have any of you had inspections done before buying, and how do you find an inspector?
We may ignore advice, but we welcome it.