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Old 08-31-2011, 12:43 PM   #1
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Are we crazy?

we had a 5th wheel for a few years. Bought a class A last year. So much easier leveling/setting up. Now, due to job stuff, wife and I will most likely not be able to get vacations at same time next year. Plan now is to go seasonal about an hour from home. Can't see sitting a class A on a site with no plans to go anywhere for a couple years. So we are thinking of trading to a TT.

So, are we crazy? We see something we like, but would have to order it. If we traded our motorhome for it, how does that work? We start paying for it before we get it? Or we can't do the trade until the new one is in. We are meeting with a dealer next week, but thought I would try for some info so not walking in blind as I have never done this type of transaction.


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Old 08-31-2011, 01:07 PM   #2
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It's whatever makes you happy. Question: If you find youselves back in a travel status in 18 months, will you be pining for another class A?

That's a lot of sales tax.

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Old 08-31-2011, 01:11 PM   #3
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Why can't you still use it on weekends and go camping that way. To trade in something the dealer will hose you. If you truely want to go that way sell your MH on your own and then go look at TT. If you are only going to set it up as a seasonal go used. That way your investment is low.

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Old 08-31-2011, 06:23 PM   #5
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I have a friend who ordered a fifth wheel and was trading his in, he put $1000 deposit which he would have lost if he did not take it. While he was waiting they sold their old one for more than offered. There is no way I would buy something unseen.
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Old 08-31-2011, 08:17 PM   #6
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You will lose your shirt trading the motorhome. You are going to get wholesale value for it in a weak market - probably no more than half what you paid. It may not look that bad on paper becasue a discount on the new trailer will be added into the trade-in value, but you would have got the discount anyway if there was no trade, so it's just funny money.

And if you want to go back to a motorhome in 18 months, you have to trade again and once more will lose your shirt on the deal, selling a nearly new TT for wholesale and paying once again for the coach you want. And sales taxes each time too.

You make you payments until the dealer takes title to the coach and you become the owner of the new TT. You can give the coach to the dealer early and maybe he can sell it (which means a new owner takes title), but it's still your responsibility as far as payments are concerned.

My advice is to keep the motorhome. It will cost you far, far less to keep it than to trade it. And you will probably want it back in 18 months anyway...
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Old 09-01-2011, 08:11 PM   #7
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We solved that problem right at the beginning - kept our 24 foot travel trailed for longer non-boat towing trips, and bought the 27 foot Winnie pretty much to just take when needing the boat.

'Course, it helped that the '88 Kit 5er was only worth about $2500 on the market, and we only paid $7000 for the Winnie - and NO sales tax here in Oregon...
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Keep the MH. Cheaper that way.
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Old 09-02-2011, 02:36 PM   #9
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Well, I answered my question. We would be crazy. So, looks like we will keep what we got. Thanks for all your input.
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Old 09-02-2011, 03:04 PM   #10
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I would for sure hang on to the motorhome. You'll take a real bath trading it off. JMHO
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Yes,.... Oh wait, maybe I should read the whole post!

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