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Tin Pusher

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Posted: 09/09/13 09:50am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

New or Used? Very personal decision.

I bought used, 6 yr old trailer, 6 yr old truck, purchased separately. Both VGC, about $21K total. I have pretty much bought used all my life. I am reasonably handy, and understand that whether new or used, I am going to have to put hands on and $ in. Now, I don't full time, don't make long trips. I do some things myself, some things I hire. Pick and chose.

From what little I have seen of buying new, there will be defects (more or less serious) in a new trailer. Dealer corrects these of course, but you gotta take it to them. It can take several visits. A used unit has presumably been thru this. New has a warranty, used does not. New is only new while its on the lot, after that its used. Used stuff fails, new stuff fails.

As for parts, I don't think you can count on much of anything being available from the OEM for very long. They change designs too much, they don't seem to stock parts for previous production. Then you are looking at aftermarket or salvage.

There is just tons of good used stuff out there. I would also say that, for your first camper, no offense, you won't know what your are doing with it, I didn't. Find a good used one, you won't feel quite so bad when you ding it. Learn how to run it, and if you really like what you are doing, and the type of camper works for you, then go new.

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MookieKat wrote:

popupcamping wrote:

MookieKat wrote:

I had an "aha" moment while having dinner after looking at these units.

Am I correct in thinking that if we spent $35,000 on a brand new one, we would lose a lot of money if we decided to sell it in a couple of years, but if we spent the same money on a used model, we would lose a lot less if we decided to sell?



why would you even think of selling it in 2 years?

that makes no sense to me. You have made 30 threads and now you might not keep the trailer you decide on?


Your post makes no sense to me. Is there a certain number of posts beyond which I am not allowed to change my mind on a trailer purchase? What if something unforeseen came up and we had to sell it? What if we decided that the floor plan did not work for us, etc.? People have to sell for many reasons.


We have purchased both our units used. The first one we didn't to put a lot of $$ into as we weren't exactly sure what all we wanted. It was a learning unit for us...We learned what we liked and didn't like, what we definately wanted and didn't have to have. We used it for a few years and then I started shopping again for units with our requirements and in our price range. Being patient paid off and found our current rig that we've had since '08 and even though it is 10 years old, we'll keep maintained and keep for several more years. Both rigs total cost us under $30,000.

Slow down and do your homework.. Look at websites, like RV Trader and PPL Motorhomes to see and study the different types of floor plans. Think about the floor plans, think about how they will work, (can you get to fridge or bathroom with slides in, etc), if you have company with you, where will they sleep and all of their stuff go, what about the basement storage, etc..Don't get caught up in all the bells, whistles, and the "shiny" stuff. We think about the practical and then if it has bells & whistles, it's just icing on the cake!

Happy Shopping!


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Mountain Mama wrote:

Slow down and do your homework.. Look at websites, like RV Trader and PPL Motorhomes to see and study the different types of floor plans. Think about the floor plans, think about how they will work, (can you get to fridge or bathroom with slides in, etc), if you have company with you, where will they sleep and all of their stuff go, what about the basement storage, etc.


I'd add go physically look at a lot of trailers. Its FREE[emoticon]

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Definitely! We have been to 3 dealers in our area, three times to each. We are going out of town this week to the beach for a vacation, but I found 3 dealers in that area, so we will be going to those. I don't know how much of a vacation it will be with the RV shopping!

It was fun initially, but the shopping in the extreme heat and humidity has been exhausting and so it has lost is luster. I think that shopping in cooler weather is much better!

Sooooo many things on the checklist! Now, we have become aware of the "ducted vs non-ducted A/C. So now, that narrows down the playing field even more!!

We never realized just how complicated this whole process is!!

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Used. I've never owned a new vehicle in my entire life, other than a few bicycles. I have a strong aversion to loans as well as depreciation, and have always enjoyed doing my own maintenance.

I got my 5th wheel (1994 Alpenlite) 4 years ago for about 45% of its listed NADA value. It needed work. Had some dry rot on the roof behind the cap, on the floor by the entry door and by the kitchen sink. I repaired all of that and sealed up the leaks. All screens needed to be replaced. Needed cleaning. I put new carpet and vinyl flooring in it, and repaired the dinette table and several cabinet doors and drawers that were coming apart (just needed glue). Oiled all the wood cabinet doors. Exterior fiberglass was dull. I Poli-Glowed the entire rig (great stuff). All appliances worked, fridge was new. There wasn't much expense involved in the repairs. The labor was a non issue for me. As I said, I enjoy that sort of thing anyway. Keeps me out of trouble.

If I can save thousands of dollars by buying used and fixing up a rig that someone else has neglected or abused, I'm happy. I enjoy seeing these castoffs get a new lease on life and I'm happy to be the one to give it to them.

That said, I'm not a masochist. I pass on the ones that are too far gone.


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What about buying units where the manuf. has gone out of biz? Will it be hard to find replacement parts?

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MookieKat wrote:

What about buying units where the manuf. has gone out of biz? Will it be hard to find replacement parts?


No
Not very many RV companies use custom manufactured parts.

Most RVs use the same plastic vents, lights, plumbing stuff, suspension frame hardware, interior cabinet hardware, paneling, appliances, water heaters, furnaces...on and on.

They're all just big boxes on wheels full of parts made by companies that have been making RV stuff for a very long time.





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Great!! Is Glendale good quality?

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Considered one of the better,and they are shorter to tow with more internal space than others because of the front design.


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Slownsy wrote:

Considered one of the better,and they are shorter to tow with more internal space than others because of the front design.


Can you tell me about the front design? It looks different from the others.

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