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Old 05-14-2011, 09:01 PM   #11
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That's a great idea. My mom works for an insurance company. Maybe she can find out what it's worth if it were a total loss. Thank you!
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Old 05-14-2011, 09:02 PM   #12
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I saw that a "good deal" on a new TT is to pay 28-30% less than MSRP but what would you folks consider a "good deal" on a used TT? We are kind of leaning toward the 2009 mainly bc it's in the price range we wanted to spend.
Rule of thumb we use is if we can get a used vehicle for low NADA price, then it may be worth it (especially if we don't have to pay to have something fixed etc).

With used, you can't always be sure what went on with the tt with the first owner. The '09 could have been originally purchased in '08 making it a little older than you thought. If they traveled many miles and didn't take care of the wheel bearings, or if they kept the refridgerator running while parked somewhere and the front/rear balance was off, didn't keep up with maintanence, etc. One thing you could do is take the vin # off of it and contact Jayco to see what warranty work was done on it (I don't know if they do this for you though).

New, like you mentioned has the 2yr warranty and you won't have to put out any money to have things fixed for at least two years, or have to replace tires for quite a while. If you are going to own your tt for many years, consider springing for the 2010.

No matter, you will be having soooo much fun soon! Definitely let us know what you wind up doing!!!
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Old 05-14-2011, 09:07 PM   #13
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Look closely at the tires, you do not want tires that are made in China. Also, take the time to make sure all systems work like the AC, water heater, furnace, fridge, stove, water pump, etc. Do all the int & ext lites work, does the battery hold a charge, tv antenna and booster work? There's alot to check out so take your time. Good luck with your decision.
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Do you have a copy of what to do during your PDI? If not, make a copy of the list before you go Pre-delivery Inspection
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Old 05-15-2011, 12:38 AM   #15
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I agree with 'Spike99', stay away from the 2004. The 2009 model will have the EPDM rubber roofing material and not the TPO thermo plastic roofing material. All the Jayco models went back to the EPDM rubber roofing material late 2007 going forward. The TPO roofing material can be problem-matic in the event of a moisture leak.

Question; you state a new "2010 model", is this the actual "titled" model year, or is it titled as a "2011"?

IMO the 1K additional investment for the new 2010 model is the best bang for the buck. The 1K is buying you 2 year's piece of mind knowing that all warranty service material/labor repairs are under Jayco's dime. If you should decide in two years that you have out-grown the 26BH (which happens often), the 1K investment will place you in a better re-sale/trade-in value position over the used 2009 model (plus any $$ spent for repairs).

If the 2010 model is in fact titled "2011", this even sweetens the deal.

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Old 05-15-2011, 07:42 AM   #16
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I guess I'll be the minority. I bought my 2003 27BHS in January. I paid less than half of what you are looking at for those trailers and have money left in my pocket. I can buy a new roof, new a/c, and new appliance and still be out less than the cost of a new one. The previous owner was great about his maintenance and it is in fantastic shape. It also has a one piece rubber roof too. I'd rather have play money in my pocket than a trailer collecting dust in the driveway because I can't afford to use it.
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I guess I'll be the minority. I bought my 2003 27BHS in January. I paid less than half of what you are looking at for those trailers and have money left in my pocket. I can buy a new roof, new a/c, and new appliance and still be out less than the cost of a new one. The previous owner was great about his maintenance and it is in fantastic shape. It also has a one piece rubber roof too. I'd rather have play money in my pocket than a trailer collecting dust in the driveway because I can't afford to use it.
Each situation and deal is unique. There are some well cared for reasonably priced used units out there like the one you found which are a good value.. Then there are some real clunkers as well. The buyer has to be careful with used units, especially when it comes to leaks.
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Each situation and deal is unique. There are some well cared for reasonably priced used units out there like the one you found which are a good value.. Then there are some real clunkers as well. The buyer has to be careful with used units, especially when it comes to leaks.
Just suggesting to not dismiss the 2004 just because it is a 2004. Could be an absolute gem and leave you plenty of play money left over.
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Just suggesting to not dismiss the 2004 just because it is a 2004. Could be an absolute gem and leave you plenty of play money left over.
Agreed. Its worth looking into at the very least.
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Lets see new with a full manufactures warranty VS used for $1000.00 less? To me that is a no brainer get the new one... NOTE.. my advice is worth exactly what you paid for it...
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