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C Schomer

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Posted: 09/02/13 12:18am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've had 3 new and 3 used. I've had such good luck with the used ones, I won't buy new again. I would MUCH rather buy a used RV than a used car or truck, any day! Too much that can't be seen on a vehicle but an RV is easier to inspect IMO. I wouldn't have an rv with that all-in-one bathroom. One person could tie up the whole bathroom. I really like the 5er we just got. Separated potty room, shower and sink areas. Mui bueno! Craig

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It does seem that we can save about $10,000 or more for the used ones that are 2008 and slightly newer.

We just watched the movie, "RV" with Robin Williams, and it raised this question in our heads! Is the waste matter cleaned out from the previous owners when they are put up for sale at the dealership?? [emoticon]

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Seen quite a few "pre-owned" TT's, MH's and fivers on dealer lots that looked pristine.

Looks to me like mid to low line RV's get traded in to dealers at about 3 or 4 years of age from buyers who upgrade.
People seem to keep the high end RV's a lot longer.

I know for our situation if I was to sell off in 2 years or so it would be to get a high end fifth wheel.

My trade in would be one of the great condition RV's because I love to take pride in what I have.





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Thats_Ok wrote:

Seen quite a few "pre-owned" TT's, MH's and fivers on dealer lots that looked pristine.

Looks to me like mid to low line RV's get traded in to dealers at about 3 or 4 years of age from buyers who upgrade.
People seem to keep the high end RV's a lot longer.

I know for our situation if I was to sell off in 2 years or so it would be to get a high end fifth wheel.

My trade in would be one of the great condition RV's because I love to take pride in what I have.


What are the prices of these categories when new, as we are clueless as to what is high end or mid to low.

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MookieKat wrote:



What are the prices of these categories when new, as we are clueless as to what is high end or mid to low.


Mmm...hard for me to say frankly.

I would ballpark the new prices as:
Low fifth wheel $24000 > $29000
Mid line fifth wheel $40000 > $60000

Some high end fivers can top $100000.00

Here's a link to a 2011 Carriage Cameo 36 foot that I would like to have just to give you an idea of what a higher line trailer might be worth.
Please click here

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Never buy new Rv's and boats!! Depreciation is not your friend and these items lose half their value in two to four years. I have bought two used 5th wheels, a 24' and then a 31', and both caused me no problems to speak of. Both were two years old when I purchased them. This latest 5th wheel I had tried to purchase new and the dealer would not budge from $38k and I found an exact model two years old at $21k.

There are a few things you need to look for in purchasing a used RV of any type. Check for leakage around any seal, moulding, roof or window. There usually is some visable sign of leakage such as stained plywood under dinette cushions, dark spots on the ceiling or vinyl floor or discolored paneling. Leakage is usually the thing that eventually kills an RV' value and structural integretity. They will ... ALL... eventually leak somewhere so constant maintenance each Fall or Spring is mandatory. Caulk dries out and the constant movement of the coach walls give way to water intrusion somewhere. It is not such a problem to scare you away from RV ownership but it is something to be aware of and stay ahead of. Anytime you can see a hairline crack in a caulked seam this need immediate attention. Pull the old out and put in new. You will become good at it. Our 2006 looks as good today and the day we bought it and this is attributed to good maintenance. Plus I still have the other $17k in the bank!!

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Don't have a lot of experience, but we bought our first 5'r used from a local couple. She had very little use and was spotless, inside and out. The price was a steal. We were comfortable with this deal and so far, no regrets.

When speaking with the sellers, they were very open, answered all our questions and you just got a good feeling. We have been very happy with the purchase.


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We bought our fiver used about 3 years ago as I figured we'd need to have one for a few years before we would be able to know what was important to us... size versus weight, etc, etc. Didn't want to spend a lot of money on a new one, then find that it wasn't optimal for our style and type of camping. We'll be retiring in a couple of years and plan to replace it next year with a new or newer rig. We did hedge our bets, though, but purchasing a rig that has a good reputation for quality (Cedar Creek), and from a dealer with an excellent reputation for honesty. It's all worked out well for us.


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When buying used from a dealer, about how much of a discount should we expect to get off the asking price?

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MookieKat wrote:

When buying used from a dealer, about how much of a discount should we expect to get off the asking price?


All a function whether the seller owes anything and if they have it priced correctly relative to what the local market will bear. If you're thinking the fabled "35% off MSRP" on a used rig that people who buy new are forever claiming on this forum, don't think so..............

That said, the fifth wheel we traded in for our new TT had an NADA value of about $22K (NuWa HitcHiker LS, 8 years old) when we traded it, dealer allowed $17K on trade in value; I didn't care the out the door deal numbers worked for us and I didn't have to screw with selling it myself.

Don't know what became of that trailer, but if the dealer sold it, someone got themselves a sweet deal.................

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