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Old 06-25-2013, 08:55 PM   #1
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Used 5th wheel buying advice needed

I know if i buy a used unit i will save since someone else took the depreciation, but how old is too old to be buying. When is a trailer worn out. I know you get what you pay for so i am not looking at poor quality trailers. What age of trailer should i be looking at ?

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It all depends on your budget. Other than routing maintenance items age is not really important. Appliances do wear out and need replacing.
How much do you plan to spend?

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Old 06-25-2013, 09:16 PM   #3
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Would like to be about 25-30k
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Old 06-26-2013, 04:40 AM   #4
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I know if i buy a used unit i will save since someone else took the depreciation, but how old is too old to be buying. When is a trailer worn out. I know you get what you pay for so i am not looking at poor quality trailers. What age of trailer should i be looking at ?
It all depends on how 'well used' the unit is, not so much it's actual age. Unless I know how it's been maintained for the previous 5-6 years, I wouldn't go much older, for my budget category anyway. The high end units could go a little farther back, but you'll likely have issues finding parts for older appliances, etc.
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Old 06-26-2013, 05:27 AM   #5
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I agree with menoble's 5-6 year number. I wouldn't want to go with anything older than that unless you didn't plan on owning it for long or didn't mind spending extra for upkeep, maintenance and repairs.

Our 5th wheel was 4 years old when we purchased it and had seen very little use. For me that was the 'sweet spot' for cost vs. how much use is left in the unit.

Numbers is hard...
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Old 06-26-2013, 08:12 PM   #6
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You are approaching it right, establish budget then go on the hunt. Keep little flexibility on hand, in case you find this "irresistible bargain" for little more.
The depreciation on RVs is horrible, that only proves that they were not worth the sales price when new in the first place. I did it once but it didn't affect me that much because I kept it beyond the last bank payment (10 years).
Before and after I bought used and depreciated, one I stole at a bank auction (1 year old for 25% of the original sale price).
How far your budget will go will depend on several factors. The age of the rig, the original price, the make of the rig, the reputation of the maker.
Similar to automobiles, if you want to pend $10K on a used car, you can get almost new Focus, significantly older Cadillac and a much older Mercedes.
Although not always true, higher end products typically have higher quality built into them from the start and should age "more gracefully". Also certain brands are well respected even with many no longer made, such as Teton, Travel Supreme, Alpha, New Horizon, SpaceCraft, Carriage, these tend more towards high end and you might have to get and older unit (for your budget), but you might be a really "happy camper" with one of these.
I bought this one 10 year old, it just showed up on the internet.

One of my clients found this rig last year on the internet.

It was a 10 years old Spacecraft, hardly used by this senior couple, 47 feet long, two bedrooms, sale price $20,000 !!!!!!!!!!!

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Old 06-30-2013, 06:01 PM   #7
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Well a lot of good advice on here that's for sure. I have bought all of my campers used. I have had really good luck. Just don't over camper your truck an check the camper out very well. I have bought 3-4 year old ones an 10 yr old one ... the 10 year old was stored for 6 years . It was in great shape an the owners were very honest. Just make sure to start off no water damage , check all appl. I like new tires so for me that is just a givin that I install right away. Have fun !!! Good luck

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