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Old 07-22-2013, 05:03 PM   #1
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Your Input Requested...Do I or Don't I?

Hello all...throwing this out there knowing that there are a lot of great people with great insight on a lot of subjects so here goes...we bought our trailer new in 2011 and have had some great times in it but now, especially as we inch closer to the end of another rv season in the not so distant future, I find myself wondering if the trailer is worth keeping around? The added monthly payment and extra cost of the suitable TV that we require to tow the trailer all add up to me questioning more and more if the trailer is really a necessity and worth keeping around? I used to post on this forum quite often and really enjoyed the first couple of years of trailer use but now, meh. Is this just a phase that a lot of RV owners go through in justifying expenses on things like an RV or is there more to it?

Come on all you fellow Jayco owners...put on your psychiatrists outfits and share your thoughts with me. I have always welcomed your input.
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Old 07-22-2013, 05:09 PM   #2
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"meh" = sell......

That will be $250 please.....
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Old 07-22-2013, 05:20 PM   #3
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That's a good question and wish I had a good answer but here goes anyway. I ask my self that question when we were looking for a new trailer would we use it enough to justify the new one. For years with kids in school , sports , and what ever it seemed like we were only gitting out a couple times in the summer and to me that didnt add up to a new trailer. so when we took the plunge we told ourselves we were going to use it. but I already had a tow vehicle that would handle new trailer so ddint have that expense. so I dont know what the answer should be to me its just what is it worth to be out camping with family or friends and leave the job and world behind for a week or just weekends to me it is more than worth it those times can never be replaced we dont have little kids of our own any more but we have Grandkids and they love to as they call it trailer camp.
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Old 07-22-2013, 06:48 PM   #4
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We only use our 5er about once a month from April to October, and then it sits till next April. But we wouldn't dream of selling it, because it allows us to get away, even for a weekend, when life gets to be overwhelming. When camping, we spend a lot of our time reading, quilting, model train building, playing games (table and outdoors), and just leisurely walking around the CG with our dog. These times are irreplaceable, and necessary to maintain sanity. There is no other way to get these benefits in our lives, so selling is not an option for us.
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Between the cost of a trailer and tow vehicle, maintenance and all the extras involved in owning an RV, I doubt it makes sense from strictly a financial standpoint.

My wife and I went through some of the same thought process last year when we were considering keeping our 23b, buying a new 26rls or getting out of RV ownership completely. We decided even though we "only" get out 3 weeks, we love the lifestyle for those three weeks. And, we've had our 26rls for about a year now.
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Old 07-22-2013, 07:00 PM   #6
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Between the cost of a trailer and tow vehicle, maintenance and all the extras involved in owning an RV, I doubt it makes sense from strictly a financial standpoint.

My wife and I went through some of the same thought process last year when we were considering keeping our 23b, buying a new 26rls or getting out of RV ownership completely. We decided even though we "only" get out 3 weeks, we love the lifestyle for those three weeks. And, we've had our 26rls for about a year now.
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Old 07-22-2013, 07:17 PM   #7
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We make a point of using ours because of the cost of ownership and we find the more we use it the more we want to use it now. I would hate to see you sell it and regret that it was gone.
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Old 07-22-2013, 07:24 PM   #8
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Kind of reminds me of our boating days. Just when I thought I had enough with them (usually after 6 years)I'd sell it and get the itch after a couple years and buy another one. The good thing was I never lost any money on the sale because I bought them almost new and kept them in good shape. The only time it bugged me was when I toke a loan out to get a bigger one. Thought we would use it more then the smaller ones but never did. You'll never know until you sell how much or if you'll miss it. We bought this (our first) trailer new so we know we wouldn't get our money back on selling but I made sure it wasn't going to be a loan either. Oh and I don't miss boating any more (been there done that long enough and glad I did)
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Camping is what we do. I have never taken a cruise or slept in a motel bed anywhere that gave me the opportunity to do what we love all the time. It is not a financial decision for us. Just the only way to get away.
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As long as we still desire to hike or cycle new trails in different parks camping will be part of our lifestyle. When your at the campsite its right there at your doorstep.
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