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Old 06-10-2014, 05:38 PM   #1
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Question Depreciation, Warranty, & DIY questions...

I'm sure this is a question that gets asked often, but how fast do travel trailers depreciate? Are they like cars where you loose 20% driving off the lot? Or are they worse. And if we buy a new 2014 expandable, how much value can we expect it to retain over the next, say... 5 years.

The second part of my question deals with warranty issues. If we opt for a cheaper trailer without the upgrades like exterior waterproof speakers, how hard is it to install those things? And if we do DIY install those things, does it generally void warranties and such?

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Old 06-10-2014, 06:10 PM   #2
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Some depreciate worse. Depends on manufacturer, location, floorplan, season, market, etc.

Some things can be easy. Those ext. speakers; hard. Wiring is run in the walls and ceiling, you DON'T want to do that. And don't just staple it to the wall. Some things are easy, like an electric tongue jack. But factory options are cheaper from the factory.

I guess your warranty could technically be voided because you aren't a dealer, but when I do warranty work, I use common sense. A light added under the steps didn't break a cabinet in the bedroom for example.
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