Originally Posted by GUITARPICKER
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.