Originally Posted by Janet's Husband
I have had a chance to see "CampCollector" Jonathan's handy work. He has gone through just what you are planning. His new Bambi was flattened and he fixed it. Looks real good. He would be a fine resource on the subject.
He also has a thread on the repair.
I think cost is relative in CampCollectors case. If we had a new coach and the cost of replacing it new in comparison to repairing was such that reparing is reasonable then that is the route we would go.
Taking it a step further - if the insured payout on a repair is such that doing it yourself can be 1/3 to 1/2 as cheap - then that too would be the route we would take.
The purchase price has to be the deciding issue as well as the resale price of the coach. The time and labour of love are completely separate from the deal and the "Challenge" of the repair is without question not part of the equation.
So I will give you this scenario...70,000 coach new now worth 29,000 wholesale requires 16,000 in skins and windows alone and probably another 5,000 in other parts and supplies, tool rentals etc. This although once a beautiful coach would be one for the scavangers.
Now take a vintage - with a price tag of $4500 and at the end of the day you have spent $4500 in new systems and upgrades and repairs - you may not break even on the resale but you will after 5 years of use deducted from the restoration price. And to purchase a new coach comparable to your vintage today would be say for a 21' in the tune of $50,000. Now that is relative.