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Old 07-25-2017, 04:45 AM   #1
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Buyer's Matrix

As a seasoned veteran of life, I've come to realize how important it is to make smart purchases. Being retired and being an avid outdoorsman I have the typical toys for water, mud and the road... along with a second home.

So... when I buy something I have a top ten list that I create. I craft it in such a way as it fits me and my wife, but it's not the same for everything... for instance, buying a boat is vastly different than a home or a travel trailer. I usually have 3 must haves, 3 needs, 3 like to's and 1 would be nice. If I don't have the must haves I move on. I can compromise on the rest. Things like quality and price are important but that's not a individual part of the trailer.... and who doesn't want the best quality at the best price?

My top ten for travel trailer

1. Has to match in weight what I already drive and tow with
2. Has to be off road capable (suspension)
3. Has to have ducted HVAC and be 4 season ready
4. Should be composite exterior
5. Should have forward sleeping (queen)
6. Should have one slide in living area (mid area)
7. Would like a convenient well designed kitchen/dining area
8. Would like well designed storage
9. Would like a separate stand up shower/bath
10. It would be nice to have everything pre wired/plumbed including for a generator.

Things like tires can be upgraded, awnings added, bigger batteries, solar panels so I don't include them, although they may be of utmost importance like tires, but can be done anytime. I try to stay focused on the "trailer".

What's your top 10?
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I like it, this is a pretty good way to break the purchase down!

Sounds like you might be after an Outdoors RV product!
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Old 07-26-2017, 08:29 PM   #3
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Yeah your ORV bound man!
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Sounds like an Arctic Fox to me. Matches the punch list for my Fox.
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Old 07-26-2017, 10:45 PM   #5
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AF would probably be too big for your needs - maybe a Nash - but like others the ORV BlackRock 24KTS or several of the Creekside series would probably have a plan that would meet your needs - also take a look at Lance.
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After reading this I created a spreadhseet. 4 columns, Needs, Wants, Likes, Bonus. Needs are the must haves, the things that the TT needs to have at a minimum. Then from there, it's like a secondary, tertiary and then bonus are the things that won't make a break a deal but would be great to have or could be used as a negotiating tool to have added by the dealership to earn my business.
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Lets see it.

I already have a travel trailer (Nash), so my OP for my top 10 list, was what I used. I did the same thing for my boat and my second home.... keeps the "emotions" in check and makes you stick to the plan without anyone pitching you a deal. Keeping the list simple makes it simple. The key for me was the "must" haves, or I walk.
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Here was my "Sweet 16" shopping list last spring in no particular order. This is a mix of must haves and nice to have on our toy hauler.

1. Slide out tracks/system - no steel cables (personal preference)
2. Side wall to roof connection with the seam on the side and not at the 90 where the roof and side wall meet
3. Neatness of underbelly and wiring, etc. in basement storage
4. Slam hatches on storage doors
5. Frameless Windows
6. LED lighting throughout
7. Residential shower w/Doors
8. No ducts in floor
9. Large fridge
10. Happy Jac bed/dinette in garage of toy hauler
11. 6 point leveling
12. On board Onan Generator
13. 4 season weather package
14. Aluminum entry steps
15. Minimum two A/C's with one in master and Ducted heat and A/C throughout.
16. Dual batteries for auto leveling system.
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