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Old 12-16-2014, 02:00 PM   #1
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Help convince me

We are looking at purchasing a 2015 Jayco White Hawk 28dsbh from RV Connection in Middlebury, Indiana. They offered a solid price at $20,499 for a brand new unit.

Now, about us. Family of four. Parents 40 years old and two kids, 10 and 6. We would use this camper maybe 6 times a year for a total of lets say 15 days. We would have a very solid down payment.

Help convince me that spending 22k plus is the right decision. I would expect to keep the camper 3-4 years so I would assume considerable depreciation. In the end, is it worth it to buy new and would you spend that kind of money for 6 times a year?
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Old 12-16-2014, 02:16 PM   #2
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Personally I wouldn't waste 22 grand on something that I would use only 6 times per year then get rid of it in 3 - 4 years. That makes no sense to me.
But then again that's just me and only my opinion.
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Old 12-16-2014, 03:11 PM   #3
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Because you need convincing, I would question your desire. It is a major investment if you KNOW that you want to camp. It sounds more like a passing whim in your case. I would spend it in a heart beat because I know how much we enjoy it. When you have enjoyed it as much as us, you won't need convincing!!!
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Have u all ever camped (tent or trailer) before? Do u all enjoy doing stuff outside? Why do u expect that you'd keep it for 3-4 years?
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And to answer question is it worth it to by new, we looked for a decent cleaned used trailer for a while. In the end the used ones that were in decent shape weren't much less than a new one so it was an easy decision for us to buy new.
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Old 12-16-2014, 03:30 PM   #6
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You should do it for the same reason that I spent much more than that for a boat, motor, and the lifetime purchases of fishing gear, to catch something I could cheaply buy every day at the grocery store.
Some things can't be very well justified on just the basis of economics. And yes, why do you only plan to keep it for only 3-4 years??
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Old 12-16-2014, 04:05 PM   #7
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You'll have a tough time justifying unless you know with certainty that camping is the thing to do. Try looking at it this way
$200 / nite to rent a hotel someplace
$600 for a 3 night stay
$3600 if you do that 6 times a year
$14,400 after 4 years

Looks like you could spend $20k today and be ahead of you sold for $6500 in 4 years. To get real finite, roll in the cost of eating out vs bringing your own chow.

Can't imagine pictures of hotel rooms being nearly as memorable as pictures of campsites. ��
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I agree, If you need that much convincing, it may not be for you. Think about storage, winterizing etc...lots of work for 15 days a year of camping.
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Just do it!! Life is short. The experience is priceless. Your kids will talk about it for life. When its over, you will say I should have done it earlier in life. I did, Amen to that.
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I liked Stingray and Flapper's replies.. We found our unit which is similar to yours used. It was 1 year old and looks like it might have been used only a couple of times. New was 22k and we got it for 13k. We averaged 1 - 2 times per year tent camping, now we go on average of once per month because weather isn't as much of a factor anymore.
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