Buying Father-in-Law's RV - Good Deal?

by Tracyl-5

Hi! Wanted to ask this specific question...

My husband's father has gotten too old for RV-ing and wants to sell his RV to us, currently located in California. We currently live in Hawaii, but could take it for short vacations on the mainland for the next 4-5 years; we hope to go full time after that. We have only spent time staying in friends' RVs, but love it and want to do it for retirement. I'm nervous about the large chunk of money, especially since we won't be able to use it full time for a few years. But I'm willing if this would be a good investment in the long run. Let me know what you think!

Here's the deal, do you think it's a good deal?

He says he inquired and since it's passing from father to son, no taxes
2005 Minnie Winnie 30'
Dual pop-outs
Engine was replaced under warranty less than 2 years ago
Around 30K miles on coach, about 5K on engine
Comes with towing kit
Comes with everything except personal effects (two flat screen TVs, satellite dish, all kitchen items, propane tanks, fabric cover)
Friend has land in California where we could store it for free when not using it

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Sep 08, 2016
Can't Wait
by: Anonymous

Thanks, Brian... I am absolutely in love with the idea right now. I hope it lives up to my expectations. I married my husband expecting to move a lot, he's a pilot (and mechanic). He moved every two years or so before I met him, but now we've been stuck in Hawaii for 10 years! Don't get me wrong, Hawaii is nice! People think I'm crazy when I complain, but I get island fever all the time! I miss road trips and just being able to go. A visit to another island for just a weekend costs $1,000 or more! So I can't wait to get back to the mainland and feel free.

Sep 07, 2016
Good to go
by: Brian

Yes. Great deal! But the real question is are you really going to use and take advantage of it?? Make sure you at least, now in the beginning ,are
in love the
With the concept of being a kind of gypsy , we love the life style, think hard that you will too!

Sep 07, 2016
Done Deal :o)
by: Tracyl-5

Well, his dad actually lowered the price even more to $15K! So my husband jumped on it before he could change his mind, hahaha...

Thanks so much for the input, it's a little nerve-wracking to buy something we won't be able to use too much for a while. I know my husband looked it over the last time we were there, and he's a mechanic, so I think everything's in good shape. But his dad *IS* paying for it to get a once over by Camping World as I type. He even paid for a new cover for us.

His friend's land is out in the Lancaster/Palmdale area, so yes, out in the desert. We're thinking of building a covered area for it for now. His friend is fine with that, and actually just had one built for his RV, so we've got some insight into that.

I wish we didn't have to build a cover, I just want to hit the road now!

Sep 06, 2016
Thanks Bud
by: Marianne

I know you know your stuff, Bud. Thanks for chiming in.

Aug 26, 2016
Price is right.
by: Bud Corwin

This 30' Minnie Winnie sounds like a good investment. The average price for this model is between $39,000 and $59,000. One thing you may want to look at closely is the roof over the driving area. Make sure it has no water leaks and that it is attached securely to the body. Also, where is your friends land in California? You won't want to have it setting in the sun for an extended period. It will dry it out and ruin it in a very short time.

Aug 20, 2016
Not sure
by: Marianne

I'm not familiar with the RV and cannot make a guess as to its value. Perhaps some of my readers can offer an opinion. I know sales tax is not charged between family members in Ontario Canada but not sure about other countries. Those rules may vary.

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