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Old 08-01-2016, 07:11 AM   #15
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Forgot to say it is a 1ton, and appreciate the suggestion.
With the 1T you should have a rear GAWR of 7000 lbs and dry wt. around 3000. So, dry pin wt. of around 2500-2800 would give you margin for cargo in the fiver and cargo/passengers in the truck.

Regarding the fiver model year, they change in the spring time one year earlier. So something built in April, 2016 will be a 2017 model. Each unit will have a sticker on the street side that includes the actual build date, VIN, etc. While the model year changes in the spring, frequently manufacturers make major changes in late fall just before the Louisville show. Point is, two units with the same model year can be significantly different.

On new units, average discount from MSRP is around 30%. Dealers mark up used units as well, so your first offer should be at least 30% under their asking price. Used units generally don't move too fast, especially during off season so take your time. Also, dealer and salesmen pay very little attention to the details on a unit that was traded in, so they have little info to share with you. And checkout of the rv systems/ fix problems may not be done til a new buyer arrives, so again take your time and if there is any question, walk away. If they can't fix problems before you sign, they won't do it after the sale.

Finally, check out private sales, starting prices will be lower, the owner will know the details of his unit and you can learn a lot in the process even if you don't buy.

In either case, an independent RV inspection is a good investment for a 1st time buyer.
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Really appreciate all the info, and did not know about the possibly of independent inspectors. Have been following 5'er in the "Indiana Auto & RV" magazine. Seen a new, not titled 2015 32' RL, 3 slide outs, for $28995 list $63999. Is this common?
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Really appreciate all the info, and did not know about the possibly of independent inspectors. Have been following 5'er in the "Indiana Auto & RV" magazine. Seen a new, not titled 2015 32' RL, 3 slide outs, for $28995 list $63999. Is this common?
Unlike cars, a dealer can claim any 'MSRP' they want, some jack up the number to make their 'discount' look better. Go to NADAguides and find what that unit is worth as a used RV and what the average new price was in 2015.
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Old 08-01-2016, 10:23 AM   #18
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As others said, you're looking mainly at mobile suites, lifestyle, redwood, arctic fox. Carriage is a great older brand. They went under and became Lifestyle. Redwood was also born from some of the old carriage team. Evergreen just went under so it's probably a great time to get a deal on a Lifestyle or Bay Hill.
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Wow, with all these companies going under and emerging with a new names it is concerning. Is the warranty on a new one only one year?
Will definitely check with the NAPA guide.
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Yes that's why people buy aftermarket warranty. Companies go under for corporate / financial reasons. A profitable company is not necessarily a good quality indicator. The more successful companies often make the worst quality rv's. The small high quality brands frequently fold / get acquired.
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You have lots of truck for the trailer you will be pulling.

If your buying new for 25K you will find that pretty much all of the units will have similar build quality.

I doubt very much you will get a 2014 "cadillac" though. Most DRV's as an example will be @ 50K in the 2010 - 2012 year range, probably not a Heartland Landmark either.
You could probably get into a nice used Heartland Big Country.....

I'm not sure if you mentioned how you intend to use the unit or how long you plan on keeping it?



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