My young family and I appear to be on the brink of obtaining our first camper! My wife and I are in our mid 30s, and our 3 children are ages 7, 5, and 3. We love to camp and have been doing lots of it in tents. Now that our youngest is a bit older, we'd like to expand our range and explore our beautiful country.
Our best friends have a 2005 KZ Frontier that they have outgrown. They have 4 kids (and 2 BIG dogs) and they are looking for a larger camper. There is a very good chance that we will be purchasing their 05 KZ Frontier.
Being good friends of ours they indicated they'd only feel comfortable selling their KZ Frontier to us if they do a little maintenance: re-seal the roof and awning, steam clean interior upholstery and detail the interior. Full system check, full water/tank system flush, new tyres and brakes, and a coat of paint on the now-rusting bumpers (we live along the Pacific Coast).
If the dealer won't give our friends what they owe on it, then they'll fix it up and sell it to us. If the dealer will give our friends what they owe on it, I'll likely pay for the maintenance and repairs and take it off their hands anyway. The estimate for the maintenance/repairs combined with what he owes on it would still make for a solid bargain, and we'd be buying from folks we love and trust, and will be going camping with a lot.
So there it is. Hopefully we'll know in the next day or two if we'll be moving up to a KZ Frontier or sticking with tents for a while longer.