Would you like to own an RV but would rather not pay the high prices for something you'll likely only use a few weeks a year? A great way to save money and still have your own RV to use is to become a partial owner in a fractional RV ownership.

Similar to the benefits of timeshares and fractional condo ownership, purchasing a share of an RV allows you use it a set amount of weeks each year. With multiple owners, you are each paying for the amount of time that you are going to use it. Because you're only paying a portion of the RV's total cost, it's possible to own a share of a full size coach that you may never have considered if paying the complete cost for an RV. To get an idea of what's available, CoachShare shows photos and details for their lineup.
To give you an example of the cost you might pay, I looked at the price list on Carefree RV and 4 high demand weeks would cost $26,900. This allows you book 4 of the best weeks (summer, spring break, etc.) every year of your ownership term. At the end of the term, the RV is sold and the money is distributed back to the owners.  While this may not be much due to depreciation, the good news it that loss in value would also be shared amongst the owners as well. Keep in mind that there will also be a maintenance fee charged each year to handle storage, repairs, cleaning and delivery.
To understand the money you can save with this form of ownership, purchasing the same RV example above on your own would cost $180,000 and it's possible that you may only use it 4 weeks a year anyways. So if you've been thinking about buying an RV, look into fractional ownership as a way to drive one for much less!
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