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When I had my '91 34' Regency appraised last week, I found out that the value of any brand name roadworthy vehicle in existence automatically increases the moment the manufacturer shuts down operations. Apparently, it has something to do with "collector" items, which are appraised differently. According to the man, the supply side of the "supply-demand balance" collapses while demand, whatever it is, drops but remains a positive value. Is there an appraiser out there who can confirm this? Since Barth is now out of business, I know I will want to talk to my insurer.

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That is somewhat speculative...especially with an RV.

Unless you are talking exotic cars, most people regard the loss of manufacturer support as a hindrance, rather than creating an exclusive commodity.

There is a huge subjective quality on the part of the general populace as it relates to price thresholds, and although I believe that the quality of a Barth will slow its intrinsic depreciation, I doubt it will reverse it.
 
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Unfortunately the prices on Barth have been dropping like an anvil. I think this is because of the fact that slideouts have been out a few years and you can buy a 1998 32ft Rexhall with a slide for under $50K. Now, I'm not suggesting any of us "enlightened" Barth folks would ever do that, however it does to the average [u]new[/u] RV buyer present a special consideration at least. Another hiderance for Barth is the fact that compared to other coaches there really aren't that many out there. Most folks have never heard of a Barth. I guess we're doing out best to change that.

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The people who know!... Know exactly what they are. Generally I've found those people are driving Prevosts or something similar.

I heard it sumed up by the good folks at Custom Land Yacths. "Thats a fine Motor Coach you have there!"
 
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I know that on my recent trip to Florida, we had someone comment (all very positive) at every stop. The comments ranged from cute to impressive. I had folks seek out our unit in the Disney campground and ask what it was. Everyone had positive comments. Not bad when you consider the unit is an '84. The only negative was from a woman who thought that is was rather small (it's 25')when compared to the other units. I'm not sure if the comment was really negative. I had a fellow Barth owner search us out at the park. Someone had told him of a unit like his accross the park. His was an '84 30' Regency (I think) with a southwestern motiff paint job. So, my experience has been that people must really like the appearance of the units.
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Mike,

When you consider the other choices out there on the market for a shorter coach for under $20K there is nothing even close. For the kind of trips we take, our 28ft is perfect. I have said it before, we almost treat the thing as an SUV. And, if I might say so humbly, I can back this baby better than my Toyota Sienna. (much better mirrors)
Oh, and by the way, if you haven't yet, my wife bought one of these wide angle plastic things you put on the rear window and it is just great. I think that a 28 footer is probably as long a coach you can have for them to work or it would be too far away.
 
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