Jayco RV Owners Forum
 


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 09-15-2016, 10:10 AM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: Kentwood
Posts: 10
Shopping for used 5er

We are just in the beginning phase of shopping for an upgrade, & looking for info and opinions.

Right now, we have an old Fleetwood Widerness 29ft. in usable shape. It's been good for weekends and short trips, but it's just not worth fixing all the structural issues that it has. We are nearing retirement and want something comparable in size for snow bird cross crountry trips.

What has caught our eye were some of the late 90's Designer 3030 units that are for sale. They seem to be well made, just one slide to maintain, not too big.

The 3030 is just an example and starting point, not what we're set on. We would like to keep gross Wt. Below 10,000, decent tank capacity, solid frame and build quality., easy to maintain. We tend to spend a lot of time outside, so no need for enough room for a square dance. Our tow vehicle is a 3/4 ton set up for easy off roading.

Opinions? Ideas?
__________________

RossAnabel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-2016, 12:20 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Michigan
Posts: 681
If you are looking for something older take your time and look them over real good from top to bottom. The last thing you want is a handyman special that has leaked and has hidden mold, rotted floors, etc.
__________________

Sundancer330 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-2016, 12:55 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: SW Washington
Posts: 775
It's a crapshoot purchasing a 15-20 year old RV.
__________________
2009 F350 CC LB 4WD
2017 Jayco 355MBQS
Rustysocket is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-2016, 01:46 PM   #4
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: Kentwood
Posts: 10
Yeah, the one we have now has water damage in the roof and walls, but the floor is solid. It's over 20 years old, but everything is still working on it. It's just not worth putting any money into.
RossAnabel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-2016, 04:15 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: culleoka
Posts: 190
If you plan on camping in the south, like florida ,gulf shores or any good campground.it can't be more then 10 years old.
__________________
Don, Sandy and our girls Ruffie & Patches
2016 27.5 Eagle HT
2001 GMC 8.1 373 B&W 16k patroit
culleokapapa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-15-2016, 06:06 PM   #6
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: Kentwood
Posts: 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by culleokapapa View Post
If you plan on camping in the south, like florida ,gulf shores or any good campground.it can't be more then 10 years old.
Thanks for the heads up. We'll stay away from the good campgrounds.
RossAnabel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2016, 04:42 AM   #7
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: NY/Canada border area
Posts: 31
We picked up a good deal on a well maintained 1999 Designer 2930 this summer. Got if from an individual. My only issue was that it didn't have a pin box extender and I have a 6.5' truck bed. That's being taken care of now. It made for some wide turns on the 6 mile trip from the previous owner's place to mine.
I don't know about your area, but some RV dealers around here don't bother even cleaning up units that they take in on trade. They put them on the lot just as they got them. And then put some ridiculous prices on them. We saw some pretty mangy looking stuff before we purchased.
__________________
1999 Designer 2930
2016 Ford SuperCrew/6.2/6.5 bed
Inspector 71 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2016, 04:49 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Wasaga Beach
Posts: 181
Just my view, but if I was planning long periods away from home and cross-country trips I'd want something of a lesser vintage than 20 yrs old. Not sure what you are budgetting but breaking down a long way from home would mean I can't fix it myself.

I can see where campgrounds use the 10yr rule to deny entry to junk but there are some good looking old trailers, just depends on the upkeep by the owner.
__________________
2011 Ford F350 CC LB DRW
2014 Eagle Premier 361REQS
PlayersZ28 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2016, 04:57 AM   #9
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: NY/Canada border area
Posts: 31
Quote:
Originally Posted by PlayersZ28 View Post
Just my view, but if I was planning long periods away from home and cross-country trips I'd want something of a lesser vintage than 20 yrs old. Not sure what you are budgetting but breaking down a long way from home would mean I can't fix it myself.

I can see where campgrounds use the 10yr rule to deny entry to junk but there are some good looking old trailers, just depends on the upkeep by the owner.
I'd agree with that statement. All of our use will be relatively local, so we opted for the older one. For our annual Florida vacation we rent a home because we haul 2-4 motorcycles with us.
__________________
1999 Designer 2930
2016 Ford SuperCrew/6.2/6.5 bed
Inspector 71 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2016, 05:47 AM   #10
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: Kentwood
Posts: 10
I understand about the 10 year rule, mine is 27 years old and in passable condition. The frame is structural C channel, better than a lot of new one. Anything rusty gets painted. I keep it washed, nothing hanging off it. I'm not embarrassed by it. Last weekend at Pentwater (Mears SP), there was an older Jayco Designer, at least 20 years old, immaculate condition, one of the nicest looking rigs in the place.

My idea is to find a well built trailer in excellent condition, update all the running gear and major coach systems. I'll still have less into it than a new one, and it will have what I want on it, not what some marketing guru thinks will be most profitable.
__________________

RossAnabel is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Virginia State Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:34 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2002-2016 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.