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Old 08-01-2017, 02:16 PM   #1
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$25k vs 45k

I can make an "even" trade on my current TT to a Keystone Hideout 308bhs 5th wheel OR.... Wait a year or 2 and go bigger "nicer" Keystone Laredo 380mb or 357bh --

Beside the materials, they are built the same correct?!?! Nicer cabinets -- cloth - leather etc.... but easily could be the same construction personnel or process plant?!?

Am I crazy in thinking the $25k will do the exact same thing as the $45k and last just as long if taken care of?!?
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I tho k you need to take a hard look at both... we looked at a Hideout 2 years ago and I thought it was very cheaply built... frames were small, tire size was even small as I recall... I do not believe the structure is the same not built as nicely on a Hideout as a low-level 5er.
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Old 08-01-2017, 02:24 PM   #3
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I don't think you're crazy. At all. What I mean is that I am not sure the structural materials and assembly methods are that different between those two price points, by the same manufacturer anyway. Thr surface materials are probably diff.
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Old 08-01-2017, 02:31 PM   #4
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What matters is whether or not you'll be just as happy using one or the other.
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Old 08-01-2017, 03:37 PM   #5
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Thanks Jonnyaiks-- I'm perfectly happy with either, in fact 100% satisfied with my Passport 3350bh.... but we are planning some LONG trips and in my mind I'm think 5r will be nicer to tug around
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I would suggest to not confine yourself to the new market. We buy used and you would be surprised what you will find. Check consignment lots. The newspaper will sometimes turn up slightly used and a couple of years old at good prices. When you watch the papers you will be amazed how often you find something that reads like someone bought a new rig and the other spouse did not like it and it just did not get used.

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I would suggest to not confine yourself to the new market. We buy used and you would be surprised what you will find. Check consignment lots. The newspaper will sometimes turn up slightly used and a couple of years old at good prices. When you watch the papers you will be amazed how often you find something that reads like someone bought a new rig and the other spouse did not like it and it just did not get used.

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I would add that with the baby boomer/retired couple buying loads of RV's that you on occasion get a 1-2 year old unit for sale because one of the old folks is too ill to keep using it.
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Used is definitely the way to go. If you want a Keystone product, you could find a barely used top of the line Montana 3-4 years old for $30,000 -$40,000.
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Old 08-03-2017, 07:11 PM   #9
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Bought a brand new unit very cheap by shopping previous year models left on the lot. Unless you just want used, there are amazing deals on new previous year models.
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Im talking the class A I own compared to my previous coach. Got a great deal on it, so not complaining, but I notice a lot of small things missing that were on my previous coach. Things like day,night shades, inverter, far less lights, no trickle charge for coach batteries, more carpet, no pantry, no sprayer on the toilet, and many other small things that are not huge, but add up to the overall enjoyment of the coach. I think if you start looking at all the small things, the higher end unit will have more of these items, whereas the cheaper one might not. Doesnt mean you wont still love it. Once you have the higher end features, you sure notice them missing once you dont have them.
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We sold our DP and went back to a fifth wheel. We were looking at all kinds and were not impressed with most of it. We bought an older (2001) very well made trailer and have put some money into it and a very happy with it. Like said above there are alot of really nice used trailers out there.
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My family fell in love with the 308bhds floor plan and I did a ton of research on this exact topic. As best I could find the guts of the trailer (frame, axles, framing, roof, etc.) are the same as on the higher lines. The main differences are the finish items and creature comforts... kind of like cars.

The main thing is all of the RVs at this level are a roll of the dice and are pretty cheaply made. For the +/- 25 nights a year and for what I paid I'm generally happy with the purchase.

As for price I always read of people saying used is the only way to to. I know there are some good deals but new isn't that bad if you buy right. I think most of the people complaining about the massive depreciation overpaid when new. You should be able to pickup a new unit for around 2/3 of MSRP. I got my 308bhds with MSRP of 47K for 31.5K. And that's out here on the west coast where trailers are always a bit more expensive. I've seen them closer to Indiana for under 30K.
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Old 08-04-2017, 12:30 PM   #13
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You're not wrong. I bought my last one from a friend who's a sales mgr at a small-med dealer, for cost plus $500. MSRP was 80, sale price 72, dealer cost was 50. I imagine that, like cars, if you start by knowing their approx cost then you can play a good game.
Edit - I'm in Canada so understanding how the exchange rate diff between when the dealer bought it and when you're shopping also helps.
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