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Old 05-10-2021, 01:12 PM   #1
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RV Sticker Shock ó It's Getting Crazy!

I know this subject has been beaten to death recently, but it wasn't until yesterday that I saw for myself how much RV prices have increased this year. The shock came when I priced new fifth wheels at the local La Mesa and Lazydays dealers. Best as I can make out, delivered prices are up 35 to 40 percent since 2016 when I bought my Bighorn. Plus the selection of in-stock new models is lean indeed. Both salesmen I spoke with said that they cannot keep new inventory on the lot and I believe them. The only good news here is that my current rig has increased probably 20 percent this past year, at least if you put any faith in NADA values. As for me, I'm out of the market for a new fifth wheel, probably for a long time. Just my 2 cents.
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Old 05-10-2021, 01:22 PM   #2
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Our local RV dealer is advertising new RV's at $500 off MSRP...

I keep hearing about 25-30% off, but that aint happening...


Lots almost empty...
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And most of those people will be selling them in 1-2 years after they find out rv'ing is not for them. The newbies have no idea what they are getting into or the cost to own and operate one.
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Our local RV dealer is advertising new RV's at $500 off MSRP...

I keep hearing about 25-30% off, but that aint happening...


Lots almost empty...
I got about 25% off MSRP in November, 2020 on my travel trailer - not a 5th wheel however.

It seemed like maybe the inventory was recovering on travel trailers a little when I drove past a lot the other day, but hard to compare.

If they can get it, you can't fault them for making the deals. It's that supply and demand thing.
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And most of those people will be selling them in 1-2 years after they find out rv'ing is not for them. The newbies have no idea what they are getting into or the cost to own and operate one.
Don't be so sure about that. If you're referring to the Covid campers, it's only been a year and the used market is still not flooded with rigs. In fact, most of these folks are returning to the campsite, thanks to the ability to work remotely and the understanding that it's still the safest way to travel.

I thought the same thing, but the demand has not slowed down and it's not showing any signs of it.

I bought my year old coach used, from a dealer where a retired couple who wanted something larger made a trade. The dealer didn't move a nickel on the price.
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And most of those people will be selling them in 1-2 years after they find out rv'ing is not for them. The newbies have no idea what they are getting into or the cost to own and operate one.
and, the banks are going to take it in the shorts, and again, "We The People" will yet again bail them out...
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I know this subject has been beaten to death recently, but it wasn't until yesterday that I saw for myself how much RV prices have increased this year. The shock came when I priced new fifth wheels at the local La Mesa and Lazydays dealers. Best as I can make out, delivered prices are up 35 to 40 percent since 2016 when I bought my Bighorn. Plus the selection of in-stock new models is lean indeed. Both salesmen I spoke with said that they cannot keep new inventory on the lot and I believe them. The only good news here is that my current rig has increased probably 20 percent this past year, at least if you put any faith in NADA values. As for me, I'm out of the market for a new fifth wheel, probably for a long time. Just my 2 cents.
Wait 1-2 years and there will be a lot of used ones on the market. People who bought them during the pandemic will realize they don't use them enough to justify all the costs.
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and, the banks are going to take it in the shorts, and again, "We The People" will yet again bail them out...
I don't think the rv market is large enough to hurt the banks but I agree that their will be a lot of people upside down in 3 years . A 20 year loan on a rv just doesn't seem like a good idea?
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All these comments above are exactly the reason why I prefer to buy from a private party. The Monaco Cayman I just bought was a pleasant experience. No hard sell, the prior owner gave me a walk around and showed me where things are and how they work.

I did have it inspected by a certified inspector, but I would have done that if I were buying from a dealer.
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Everything is getting crazy. I took my truck in for a recall yesterday. I got it last year for 30k, the window sticker was left by the previous owner. It was 51k new, and the exact truck on the lot was 74k yesterday. The sales gal was all excited about me wanting to see it.
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Everything is getting crazy. I took my truck in for a recall yesterday. I got it last year for 30k, the window sticker was left by the previous owner. It was 51k new, and the exact truck on the lot was 74k yesterday. The sales gal was all excited about me wanting to see it.
That's insane! I heard that trucks are all the rage these days. Might explain why so many people are buying trailers if they already have the truck.
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