Originally Posted by matzram
Well we’re heading to look at purchasing a new Jayco camper. Any suggestions and helpful tips are greatly appreciated!! Thanks Y’all.
Travel trailers are fun. I’m sure you’ll have a blast.
Suggestions: I know you want new- but at least consider newly used. Rv’s are lousy money investments. Let someone else take the big hit on depreciation. A new rv has no guarantee of trouble free use. Warranty, yes. A well maintained used rv could be more trouble free if all the new rv bugs are already worked out. If you like rv camping chances are pretty good this camper will not last you more than a couple few years before upgrade/changing campers. If you don’t like rv camping then you saved a bunch of money buying used.
If you MUST buy new, do a ton of research on pricing. Search nationally, not just local. This homework could save you thousands on a new purchase. If you buy new, I would pass on all the up selling the dealers are known to do.
If you have a short wheelbase tow vehicle, I would recommend a short bunk house camper. A 25’ + bumper pull high profile trailer is much less fun to pull down the highway than a longer wheel base truck and the 3/4 ton plus trucks.
Budget for repairs/maintenance. Newer campers can be fairly trouble free. Tires, general maintenance, storage, insurance, registration, excise tax.. One tire blowout can be very damaging.
If you don’t have a ton of experience towing, always use a spotter. Take your time when parking/backing etc. Murphy’s law is real. I think if you rv long enough you will bang something up. One more reason to buy used ;-).
Last- keep it simple. The camper that meets your wants, doesn’t break the budget, doesn’t max out the tow vehicle can be a blessing.