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Old 02-28-2016, 06:27 PM   #1
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Please help us choose!!!

We are upgrading from a pop up to a travel trailer. Looking for a bunkhouse layout somewhere in the 28-30' range and around 6000lbs dry weight. With our budget around 14k max, it puts us in the 2005-2010 range from what our research has found. Please let us know what brand to look for and why???

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With a $14k budget, you should be able to find a unit. I sold my 7 year old (25') for $8500 on Craigslist back in 2012. It's condition was much above average. Was at a Camping World store a few year back. That had some sort of sale on all the used trailers they had. Maybe 200-250 units. I couldn't believe how beat up some of the 2-5 year old units were.

As far as brands. You can have 28' RV's new priced between $15,000 to $50,000. (opps forgot $90,000 for a 28' Airstream). You pay for what you get. A new top of the line Arctic Fox is $50k and a used 2005 is $10,000...
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With a $14k budget, you should be able to find a unit. I sold my 7 year old (25') for $8500 on Craigslist back in 2012. It's condition was much above average. Was at a Camping World store a few year back. That had some sort of sale on all the used trailers they had. Maybe 200-250 units. I couldn't believe how beat up some of the 2-5 year old units were.

As far as brands. You can have 28' RV's new priced between $15,000 to $50,000. (opps forgot $90,000 for a 28' Airstream). You pay for what you get. A new top of the line Arctic Fox is $50k and a used 2005 is $10,000...
Thanks Superslif,
Another question, is there a list somewhere of the trailer "mother company" and their higher to low end model lists? There seems to be only a few big companies but a ton of models from each. How do I tell if it's that's companies Cadillac or Yugo?
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Another question, is there a list somewhere of the trailer "mother company" and their higher to low end model lists? There seems to be only a few big companies but a ton of models from each. How do I tell if it's that's companies Cadillac or Yugo?
I'll save ya the trouble. 80% are Yugo's

Just go on that companies website. They will have them listed down the screen, high priced on top or left side of the page.

Take Thor as an example: they have 11 RV divisions (Dutchman, Keystone....) Each division might have 5- 20 RV lines / models. Keystone by itself has 17 brands of just trailers, 16 brands of 5th wheels, 6 brands of toy haulers....

Some tell tail signs are: at the bottom of the price points are RV's with aluminum siding. Next are the trailers with textured fiberglass siding called Filon. At the higher end is smooth fiberglass with decals. And above that is the same smooth fiberglass but with painted designs, not decals.

Next: molded front caps usually start at the midpoint on the price scale.

Next: If you see a model with a regular house type air conditioner sticking out the side of the trailer wall rather than the roof AC units, your at the bear bottom of the pricing scale.

Next: Just look at the construction of the cabinets. Higher end units have drawer slides that pull out evenly and with little effort. The entry level unit you might have to tug on the drawer and wiggle it back in forth a bit to get it out.

So at the bottom end of the price point on a 30' travel trailer you might get one for $14k, mid-level $18 - $28, Higher end $35k plus. 30' Arctic Fox $50k Airstream $90k...
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Go to BBB and look at the complaints against each trailer maker, places selling them.. WoW education quickly..

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