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Old 08-11-2014, 12:44 PM   #1
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Looking to purchase a used 5th wheel. Is it worth waiting for the end of the season, Sept or Oct, thinking more units will be offered for sale at better prices?

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Old 08-11-2014, 01:06 PM   #2
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Someone had told me that demand for travel trailers\5th wheels is highest in the spring, and demand for motorhomes is highest in the fall.

With that said, we bought our motorhome in June when we were ready, and we were able to take advantage of a model year update. We purchased a 2014 on the lot for what I felt was a good price compared to the 2015's the dealer had on order and wanted to make room for.

In Central IL where I am you might have more luck dealing in the dead of winter when not much inventory is moving, but I'd also be willing to guess you could get that same price in July if you are a firm negotiator.

Not sure if that really helped much. Best of luck to you in your search!


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From past experience and having now owned 8 RV's, the best time is when you find one you like, go for it.
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Old 08-12-2014, 11:53 AM   #4
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Probably a bit better deal with the next year models out in the fall......then there's the thought - can you get a better deal at the end of the month when the dealership and salesman are struggling to meet or beat their quotas.
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I agree with Don. There are good prices and bad at any time. Selection is best in the spring when buying is most active. I have never seen the introduction of new models play any significant part in the prices for used RVs, only new ones. I would start to shop now and just plan to shop until you find something you like for an acceptable price, whenever that happens to be.
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Every day you wait is a day you have not been camping or RV'ing. That must be worth something more than the few dollars you might save by waiting. A good deal is where both parties think they have received the best price.

If you find something that fits you IMO you should buy it if you can afford it. If you wait it will likely be gone when you think the price is coming down.
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We bought in January and feel got a good deal. Probably could have got the same anytime though. Who knows? We bought January 15 and camped January 30 for the first time in 2010.
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Originally Posted by bharlan2001 View Post
Looking to purchase a used 5th wheel. Is it worth waiting for the end of the season, Sept or Oct, thinking more units will be offered for sale at better prices?
Probably depends on where you live. Here in the south, RVs seem to sell pretty much year round. If you are in North Dakota, the dealerships might be dealing more as winter approaches. (Just speculation on my part; I really have no idea. )

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