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Old 02-04-2018, 01:55 PM   #1
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How long to keep a Jayco?

Lets say everyone on this forum has a new 2018 Jayco.

How many years should we keep it before trading again?

There has to be a formula for keeping an RV, and getting the best return out of it, on a long range plan.

Ideas?
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Old 02-04-2018, 02:06 PM   #2
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Honestly, these days, if you have a good trailer with little to no issues I would hang on to it as long as you can. Pay it off quick and enjoy no payments, do some mods, and enjoy using it. I would be nervous trading my trailer in for something unpredictable.
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Old 02-04-2018, 02:07 PM   #3
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The longer you wait, the more you owe to trade. Guess it's like owning a car or truck.
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Old 02-04-2018, 02:20 PM   #4
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We’re hoping for a minimum seven years, and hopefully a lot longer than that - we’d love to be able to keep this rig until I retire. Our first two Jaycos could have gone that long, for a variety of reasons we just didn’t give them a chance to. The Pinnacle is a keeper though
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Old 02-04-2018, 02:24 PM   #5
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We kept our last one for 7 years.

We hardly lost any value on it when we sold it (privately) since the value of RVs in Canada have gone up in the last 7 years due to the increase in the US dollar.
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Old 02-04-2018, 02:25 PM   #6
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Ours is going on 6 years old this spring. We haven't found anything we like better...yet. (OK, the Prevost thing keeps popping into my mind.) If you like what you have, take tare of it, and don't acquire "two-footitist", they'll go a long time.
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Old 02-04-2018, 02:28 PM   #7
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The Jayco is our third RV we have had for 2 years and it fits us perfectly at this time. We have had others for as long as 10 years and as short as 18 months.
We have only ever purchased used and only bought and sold with other private owners for cash.
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Old 02-04-2018, 03:12 PM   #8
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Personally I would keep it as long as it fits your needs, and it is still in good shape. Our plan with our htt, is 10 years. At that point kids should be out the door, and on their own, and our needs will have changed. It has been paid off for years already, so any small hit to depreciation will be made up by not having payments.
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Old 02-04-2018, 03:30 PM   #9
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In my case I’m in pre-retirement mode.

My daughter heads to college next year and I amateur race with Porsche Club.

I wanted something that could haul my race trailer and cater to my wife’s rolling hotel preference :-)

I considered a gen 2 Seneca, but they were all > 37’ and I have a 28’ encloses car trailer. Legal limit in most states is 65’.

So I found a 2008 Seneca at 36’ 8” :-)

As I’ll only use it a handful of times each year, I don’t see myself looking to replace it anytime soon.

If I was like looking new, I’d look at the depreciation curves and see if 3 years outstarted to level off, and is buy one that old that had the kinks sorted. Hold for a few years, and repeat.

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Honestly, these days, if you have a good trailer with little to no issues I would hang on to it as long as you can. Pay it off quick and enjoy no payments, do some mods, and enjoy using it. I would be nervous trading my trailer in for something unpredictable.
X2, mine is now 8 years old and must have 40,000 +miles on it between 2 owners and the 6 states he took it to. It still looks and works like new, nothing needs repair or freshened up. For the $15K I paid for it I feel it owes me nothing for all those good times and memories for everyone involved.
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