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Old 12-22-2020, 09:02 PM
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Default 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?
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Old 12-22-2020, 09:05 PM
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Easy.... Supply vs Demand.

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Old 12-22-2020, 09:29 PM
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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.
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Old 12-22-2020, 09:29 PM
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Well I think engine cost is probably part of it.
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Old 12-22-2020, 09:32 PM
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Said another way, More WIDE buyers in the population. Less WIDE planes on the market.
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Old 12-22-2020, 09:51 PM
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Said another way, More WIDE buyers in the population. Less WIDE planes on the market.
Hahahaha....
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Old 12-23-2020, 05:44 AM
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Just go with a 7 or 9 if you think they are as desirable , problem solved.
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Said another way, More WIDE buyers in the population. Less WIDE planes on the market.
Another plane reason to bump up the weight limit for the E-LSA class from 1320# (600kgs) to 1540 (700 kgs), for us old, fat, wide bodied red blooded American males.

It's getting tougher and tougher to have a decent payload on a RV-12 IS with fuel injected engine, primer, paint, and a few bells and whistles. 800 + # plane with paint, primer, wheel pants, AP, glass EFIS and 119# of fuel. 1320 - 920 leaves you 400 # of passenger and carry on.

Really tough if you are one of those big, tall Dutch or German homo sapiens that goes well north of 200 #s.

FAA needs to fix that problem.
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Old 12-23-2020, 06:13 AM
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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.
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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.
I built a -14 for way under $190. Without too many details instead of engine 45 and prop 15 I bought the engine/prop through Vans for about 40 total. I have SDSEFI instead of EFII for closer to 5000 than 10,000 (I suspect EFII is priced competitively). I really paid closer to 2500 for SDS because I sold off the fuel and ignition from my new IO-390. Brakes and wheels are included in the kit price. So my guess would be between 120,000 and 150,000 build for most builders. I only know the build cost of my particular choices.

Additionally, I doubt they are actually selling for $230. I do believe they are asking $230. I would love to think that was an actual selling price.
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