Not Yet

 Posted by at 12:11 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 242017

The folks who were interested in our motorhome came by yesterday afternoon. They are a very nice couple from Deland, Florida, which is about 20 miles west of us. They spent quite a bit of time looking over the Winnebago, asking questions, and said they would get back to us within a few days, no more than a week. So nothing yet, though I do have a few other people who have inquired, and a couple seem genuinely interested. We’ll see what happens.

I’m amazed at some of the tire kickers we’ve had contacting us. At least three or four wanted to know if we would take $1000 or $2000 down and accept payments. Sure, no problem at all. As long as it’s one easy payment of the total amount due paid within 48 hours, and you don’t take possession until it’s paid off. I’ve also had a gentleman in Ohio, and another in Illinois, who are interested and wondered if I would drive it up for them to look at. I don’t see that happening. And then there’s a fellow who told me he would buy it if I would hold it until September or October. He was willing to give me $50 down to show how serious he was. No, that’s not going to happen either.

I have the original build sheet, which shows the Winnebago sold for $240,000 back in 2002, and I know our asking price of $45,000 is very reasonable, since I also booked it out on the NADA website, and low retail is $56,500 and high retail is $62,900. And that doesn’t include all the upgrades we have done, such as the custom oak workstations and table, Safe-T-Plus steering control, upgraded exhaust brake, Progressive Industries electrical management system, engine compartment fire suppression unit, two flat screen TVs, and residential refrigerator, to name just a few.

I really don’t want to take it back to our storage yard and leave it there, because as I’ve said before, letting a vehicle sit unused is not good for it. If something doesn’t happen pretty soon, I may take it to a consignment dealer and just let them handle it.

When we were on the road the last few weeks, Terry and I had some good Cajun cooking a couple of times, but we were both ready for some down-home Florida seafood. So yesterday we went to the Sea Shack in New Smyrna Beach for dinner. This is one of our favorite local restaurants, and Sundays and Wednesdays are Customer Appreciation Days, with many items on the menu at half price. Good food and a bargain like that just can’t be beat!

When we were done eating we drove out onto the beach and found a nice place to park and spent an hour or so just watching the surf rolling in and all the people enjoying the sun and the sand and the water. Something about that scene just brings a lot of peace and soothing energy to our souls. The girls in skimpy bikinis were just an added benefit, and I swear, I only noticed a few of them. Okay, maybe more than a few!

Congratulations Bobbie Chapman, winner of our drawing for an autographed copy of Al Hesselbart’s new book RV Capital of the World: A Fun-filled Indiana History. It’s an interesting look at how the RV industry grew up in and around Elkhart, Indiana, where Al was the historian at the RV Museum for many years. We had 224 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon.

Thought For The Day – The best thing about the good old days was that I wasn’t good and I wasn’t old.

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  5 Responses to “Not Yet”

  1. If you put the RV at a consignment place, be sure and check if your insurance covers the RV while it is there. Some policies do not cover your RV while in a consignment lot.

  2. Good luck on selling your RV. We went through that last year. The NADA had ours at $92,000 so we listed it for $89,000. We had put $15,000 into it in the previous six months and thought this was a very reasonable price. We had quite a few lookers and several offers in the $30,000 range. Finally we put it at a consignment place for $55,000. It still didn’t sell. I finally sold it to a relative and they got a great motorhome and lots of extras. It seems like the ones that sell are priced at $30,000 or at $200,000 and higher. The other problem may be timing. Who wants to buy a motorhome as they are thinking about fall and storing it. I hope you find a buyer soon.

  3. Wish you well!! Nice rig and price tag!

  4. Best wishes, Nick. I agree wholeheartedly with this ^^Doug Sage feller. Just give a hollar to your ol’ long lost relative, Melissa, whenever you price it to where we can get it. 😉 We’re actually looking for something smaller, but sure do remember how nice yours is.

  5. Like you, we had several ridiculous offers when trying to sell our ’04 Dutch Star a year ago. After the buyer we thought was for real didn’t show up with the check the day he was to pick it up (and we had moved out of it before our new residence was ready) we took it to PPL Motorhomes in Texas. Several friends had used them and we were also pleased with the results….20 photos and ad on their website within 24 hrs of leaving it…maintained it well and made a repair when rain leaked in around marker lights (we happened to be traveling back to Texas a few weeks later and checked on it)…sold it for $15,000 more than we had previously agreed to the private buyer and sent us the check!

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