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Old 06-23-2013, 04:57 AM   #1
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Newbie with brand quality question

Hello everyone, I'm in the process of looking for a new travel trailer and could use some help from some more seasoned campers. In general, is it usually better to buy a lower end basic new model or an older,nicer used model if they're about the same money? The brands I've been looking at new are:
KZ Sportsmen Classic
Gulfstream Ameri-lite Super-lite
Starcraft AR-One

The used models I'm looking at are about the same prices as the new, but are a bit larger,have slideouts,oven,range hood,sofa,ect... They are:
2005 Sunline Solaris
2007 Sun Valley Extreme
It's been about 15 years since I owned my last travel trailer, and things have certainly changed since then. Trailer weight won't be an issue; they will be towed once to a private campground and not moved again. Any advice would be appreciated!

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Old 06-23-2013, 05:25 AM   #2
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It has been several years since we owned a travel trailer and we are now on our third motorhome. From our experience owning/using RV's since 1975, I believe it is always better to find a higher end gently used rig than paying for a new one. You avoid the pretty steep depreciation associated with buying new and, in many cases, the first owner has been through the often frustrating process of getting the new unit de-bugged.

Now the challenge is finding a used rig that has been well cared for and maintained to your expectations. I am always amazed at how much some folks will pay for a nice, new RV, and then let it go to pot in just a few years. Take your time and good luck in your search.

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I like the used tt's...not a fan at all of KZ.
Plenty of good used units out there if you're not in a rush to buy.

I would keep an eye out at local storage facilities. When the owner is tired of paying rent to store a trailer they aren't using you can get them very reasonable.
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In my opinion the KZ's are bare bones, with "0" styling...box on wheels and the single axle will not tow as nice a tandem axle unit. The other two are also your basic travel trailer options.

That tells ya something if the 2005 or 2007 used ones are in the same price point as the new ones. You should not be paying that much for a 2005...when the 2014's are being sold...

About what price point are you looking at? how many do you need to sleep?, at the private CG will you have a sewer and water site?

I would defiantly get a unit with slides....
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