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Old 07-01-2014, 08:49 PM   #1
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Question Going cheap...

Well after looking at expandable's, then moving up to the 19 foots, then up to the 24 foots... we are back down to the 18 foots with the $10k, price tag.

We were around the $13-$14k range but we'd rather have a smaller payment so that we can take it out more often. With a smaller payment we can take it out twice a month. With a higher payment we can only go out once a month.

Right now it's either the small jayco swifts, or the small Wildwood Xlites.

Who started off like this, and did you have any regrets?
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Old 07-01-2014, 09:02 PM   #2
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There's nothing wrong with starting out small. You are at least "in the game". Very few started out with a big MH. Good luck with the search and, Happy Trails!!!
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Old 07-01-2014, 09:43 PM   #3
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Are you fixed on New? Can you search for used ones that also fit your financing needs?
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Old 07-01-2014, 10:08 PM   #4
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You can get a lot of trailer in the used market under 10000$. Don't forget to plan for accessories (water, sewer hoses, vent covers, weight distribution hitch, small tool box, assortment of electrical and plumbing spares, chocks, leveling blocks, ...) the list never ends!

Have you owned a camping trailer before? If not, I'd highly recommend used that way if it's not your thing then you won't loose much on depreciation. Buying new, you loose 25% the minute you leave the dealership (aka stealership).

It's not a cheap hobby by any means (how many nights could you stay in a hotel for 10 000$? )... But a great way to spend time outdoors.
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YES !!!!! He is fixed on NEW !!!! I have tried to convince him on used also, maybe he will come around !!!! Rite Chris ????
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Old 07-02-2014, 10:47 AM   #6
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We bought a brand new tralier 20ft and we enjoy it very much. There is just 2 of us and our dog Bella. This year alone we have almost 30 nights so far.

It is not cheap to get started but once you have all the things you need you will be happy to not have to stay in hotels anymore.

Few quick things to get if I were you.
A good sewer hose.
Maxxair covers for your vents.
Water pressure regulator.
Lynxx levelers two bags for a single axel tralier.
Wheel blocks.
Valtarra king flush. Helped out a few folks with this and I like having clean tanks.
And camco makes a nice fridge fan I really recommend this.

The only other thing is make sure you get a tralier with at least a 6.3 cubic fridge with separate freezer. We find we can pack enough food and drink for about 6 days or so. Anything smaller you will be bringing coolers.

Hope to see your new trailer soon
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How exciting this time must be for you!

Don't get sucked into the bigger is better mentality. You don't need a huge trailer to have a good time. You have more flexibility of where you can camp with a smaller trailer.

Also, not only can cost limit how often you can go out, but the hassle factor too. If the trailer is just too much to deal with, you'll use it less and less.

Don't beat on your husband too much for wanting new. A used trailer can be quite problematic if you are not the fix-it-type. Lots of problems can be hidden, so many times you really don't know what you are buying. With new, at least you have a warranty. Hopefully you also have a good and reputable dealer.

Good luck and tell us how it's going.
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We started off 34 years ago with a used 16 foot trailer that had lp gas lantern lights. Two kids and two dogs. Great fun and we still talk about it.

A lot of people buy nice big rigs but can't afford to go anywhere. I agree with you...make it affordable.

The money you save by buying used will more than cover any repairs you'll need. Not much goes wrong with small trailers.
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YES !!!!! He is fixed on NEW !!!! I have tried to convince him on used also, maybe he will come around !!!! Rite Chris ????
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Wrong. We are still set on new.
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Good luck and tell us how it's going.


Well its exciting, but its also stressful, and today we got some not so good news, and some good news.

The good news is that we have Tier 1 credit. We submitted a credit app today and while the chances of getting financed is probably about 95%, the numbers that came back are not what we were expected.

The trailer we want (Gulfstream Kingsport 20QBG) has a sales price of $13,900. If we put $1,000 down we are looking at $160-$170 per month for 120 months, plus insurance. We may be able to do 144 months, but they dont like to base anything on that in case it doesn't happen. If we do get 144 months, we'll be closer to $150 a month plus insurance.

So we thought we'd sacrifice a little, and buy one of those $9999 specials. And then we find out that if we buy a $9999 special, the lenders shorten the terms to 72 months and if you're lucky they may stretch them out to 96. So basically we are right back up there payment wise, as we were with the $13K trailer.

So basically as it seems we are inevitably, and unavoidably looking at about $150 a month plus insurance.

So its back to square one.... or square none actually. Looks like this might not be in the cards for us.
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Heck we started with a 9 x 9 umbrella tent and moved up over ther years from there. Nothing wrong with what you're doing, sounds like a good plan. Enjoy all your adventures.
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It pays to spend a bit more and get a lower payment. I want a bigger class C RV. The cutoff point between 10 and 20 year financing is 50K So I'm looking for something as close to that number as possible with a king bed. Good luck to you.
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One thing to keep in mind is are you able to store it at home, or do you have to pay to store it.
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Financing is loosening up, so if your credit is good, and you've been in your job awhile, you should get approved.

But if you are worrying about a difference of $20 a month, I'd be concerned about the affordability of this thing for you. I hope for camping you accounting for all the costs of each trip out - expect to only get 10-12 mpg - most likely a full tank of gas for 4 hours on the road. Campgrounds usually cost $25-$35 a day.

Hope it works out.
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