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Old 05-19-2016, 12:03 PM   #21
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It's going to be worth less. How much depends on the market, buyer and condition of the unit. You will do far better in a personal sale vs trade in IMHO, but deprecation will slow after the 3rd year. Also today there are a record # of RV's owned, so the market could be saturated in a few years thus adding to lower values. On the up side prices keep climbing so the spread between used and new might allow for a higher used price. My unit MSRP has gone up almost 10K in three years.

I agree with all the sentiment that it's an investment in family bonding time which you can't value in $. Keeping within your means is wise as you may find it suits you longer than your planning. Schedules change with kids as they grow and time available shifts with that.
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I just sold my 2015 X23B that we bought in 2014, had almost 2 full years of use. I sold it privately and took $5,000 less than I paid new. It was in great shape and I probably could have held out for more but storage and the desire not to own 2 campers helped make my decision. As so many have, I would strongly agree with mike837go's first post. The memories made those 2 years dwarf the hit we took. We loved it so much we upgraded the camper and tow vehicle. The kids are always counting the days to our next camping trip like they were counting down to Christmas!
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From what I understand the floor plan I want wasn't made until recently so I am looking at new no matter what. I am going to contact a local sales rep I have talked to and let him know my situation. If his boss wants to make a sale I could technically buy at any time but I am not going to rush in and pay what they are asking. Either way the kids will be sleeping in bunks for 2017 and the little one will just sleep with us for awhile on the queen. So looking forward to a smooth bed that isn't a converted couch
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.... So looking forward to a smooth bed that isn't a converted couch
THAT alone is worth the upgrade!!!!!

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From what I understand the floor plan I want wasn't made until recently so I am looking at new no matter what. I am going to contact a local sales rep I have talked to and let him know my situation. If his boss wants to make a sale I could technically buy at any time but I am not going to rush in and pay what they are asking. Either way the kids will be sleeping in bunks for 2017 and the little one will just sleep with us for awhile on the queen. So looking forward to a smooth bed that isn't a converted couch
Maybe not the exact floorplan, but has to be several with similar layouts and features. Don't want to get hosed a few years down the road, then compromise now to get what you want down the road. Sounds to me like you've made up your mind so go for it. The dealer isn't going to fall on his knees to give you a better deal than the next guy so shoot for 30% off MSRP and understand that in 5 years you will sell for 50% to 70% less. Its just the way the RV world works.
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You might well do better than a 10k loss, considering the low purchase price. In early 2011 ours listed for a tad under 40 new, we paid a tad under 27, and I see a NH dealer has a "sale" price of 20,795. Considering it's a dealer's price, I'd guess I'd get maybe around 15-17 selling to a private party. Lots of speculation there, but you could possibly do much better buying used.

In '09, after a lot of searching, I paid 12,500 for an '08 Forest River product purchased from a private party. My idea was, this being my first camper, I'd want something different once I had a little experience. 2 years later I sold it for 12,500. I'd added an EMS and electric jack, so my loss was only add-ons. You might consider that approach if you are concerned with depreciation. Especially if, after a season or two, you find that model isn't everything you'd hoped for.

I do agree with other posters who put the experience above the money. But we are not in your shoes.

Whatever you buy, I hope you and your family enjoy the heck out of it.
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Since I've been fulltiming in my $17k TT for the last few years, and own no "real" house anymore, I figure I'm now coming out ahead of the game, regardless of any depreciation. I'll make this TT last as long as possible, and from the looks and condition of it I will get many more years of low cost living.
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Well I posted my camper for sale and already have someone coming tonight. Good time of the year. My wife wants to just tent it and have the kids stay with her in my parents camper this summer. We only have 6 nights of camping planned this summer. We could pay cash for the new one if I wait a year. Either way I will have it clear in 12 months even if I finance some. Might wait for the 2017s to land to see if we like them more or use them to get a deal on a 2016. It's all going to work out either way. Next year we will be out a lot. Everyone tells us we are nuts to take a 12 week old camping but if you look for an excuse not to go then you would only stay home!
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Some of our best memories were camping with our infant. We bathed her in the sink. She looks back at lots of pictures today and can't believe how little she was.


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I should add that we have a smaller hi lo right now but my 3 and 4 year old won't sleep next to each other. They are best friends but need their space at night. So as of right now that puts four of us on the King below. I can always hop out into a tent if needed. My wife has her facilities so either way we get to camp. But knowing their is a better option is very tempting!

Good comments about kids and how they will wear it harder. Sometimes I still think about how I take care of something and forget to add the "kid" factor in.

Too bad you can't test an RV overnight like you can a car!
My family and I tested the waters by renting for a week each summer for several years until we decided it would be cheaper to own one (we spent much more on rentals than we did by purchasing). It cost us about $1000 each time. Now that we own one, I can say we have saved a ton of money in that respect. We go out about every other weekend from April to the end of October while taking 2-3 weeks in between. About paid for itself the first year.

I expect it to depreciate at an exponential rate, we paid $13k cash so it should equate to around $9700 after the first year. I haven't checked KBB or NADA yet. Doesn't matter, I like to think of investing in family which is priceless to me.
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