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Lemos 12-22-2020 09:02 PM

Why are RV-14s $230k when a 7 or 9 is $100k
I have looked at 7, 9, 10, and 14 RVs. It seems a great 7 or 9 is $100,000. A great low total time, low engine time, great panel equipped 10 is $250,000 and a great 14 is $200,000. Id like a 10 or 14 because Im wide shall we say, wide.

To get a 10 or 14, Id take the money from my retirement investments. I understand the price of a 10, but a 14, I dont. Why are they so expensive when so similar to a 7 or 9? Have they always been this expensive or is this a surge due to COVID and I should hold out for a dip?

GalinHdz 12-22-2020 09:05 PM

Easy.... Supply vs Demand.


Bavafa 12-22-2020 09:29 PM

it cost more to build a 14, most have a full and nice panel with likely a new engine which might not be the case for a 7 or 9.

RV14 is more that meets the eye.

rapid_ascent 12-22-2020 09:29 PM

Well I think engine cost is probably part of it.

pilotkms 12-22-2020 09:32 PM

Said another way, More WIDE buyers in the population. Less WIDE planes on the market.

mfleming 12-22-2020 09:51 PM


Originally Posted by pilotkms (Post 1487636)
Said another way, More WIDE buyers in the population. Less WIDE planes on the market.


Ron B. 12-23-2020 05:44 AM

Just go with a 7 or 9 if you think they are as desirable , problem solved.

Mel 12-23-2020 05:52 AM

The -14 structure is more like a 2-place 10 than it is a wide -7/-9.

SantosDumont 12-23-2020 06:13 AM

If you do the quickbuild kit you easily get to $200k. Also everything is listed with the pre-tax price but don't forget the builders need to pay sales tax and use tax.

QB Kit $50k
Engine $45k
EFII $10k
Prop $15k
Avionics $40k
Brakes/Wheels $10k
Paint $20k

That's $190k.

ShortSnorter 12-23-2020 06:14 AM

As others have mentioned - there is more than meets the eye. While I have no doubt you could technically get a -14 in the air for $90k-100k, it would most certainly require a second hand engine, limited avionics, and paint (both of which installation would not be able to be outsourced to stay within the $100k range).

IMO, $140-160 - is a reasonable cost to build a -14.

Couple that with the limited market size, and it quickly becomes a hot commodity.

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