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I am coming from Australia and want to buy a near new Travel Trailer and tour the USA.What is the cheapest state to buy used Travel Trailers?

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Broward County Florida (Fort Lauderdale) has a 6% sales tax rate. But I would rent if it is for a short visit. You could rent a MH.


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I don't think is a particular state as it is a motivated seller. A lot of people use craiglist, but I am not sure about buying sight unseen. Good luck.


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I don't think you'll find any significant difference by state....probably has more to do with what you want to buy, when you want to travel, and where you intend to travel...I'd be looking at craigslist and/or dealer websites in or near where you intend to start. Finding a cheap TT in one place and then getting on with your itinerary could easily end up more expensive with just the cost of fuel.
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I can say that I think North Dakota is a state with high used camper prices. Out of state workers are buying them up.

The economy here in ND, is booming because of better state government fiscal responsibility, and a huge boost from oil development in the Bakken Formation. Because this "outback" state has such a sparse natural population, this has created a severe temporary-housing shortage from incoming workers. Many oil workers were literally still living in a tent city after the first few snowfalls. Since then they have been frozen out with record below 0 degrees F temperatures, possibly ironically caused by climate change related to burning fossil fuels.

Because of the crashed economy of several years ago, many states still haven't recovered, which I think depresses all local prices a bit. But some well used campers are probably holding better percentage prices than new ones, because that is all folks can afford, and many aren't trading up. This phenomena wouldn't be true for folks still desperately looking to dump fairly new campers that they can't afford payments on.

For a while, expensive recreational items, like campers and Harley Davidson motorcycles, were often financed by people taking out equity loans on their house. But this source of "free loan cash" has largely dried up and backfired, as real estate worth plummeted, causing a repercussion in sales.

In view of all this, one might check unemployment statistics on a state-by-state basis. My guess is that the states with the greatest unemployment, harbor the best used prices.

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There is no answer to that question... Other than sales tax and registration fees vary from state to state. For the actual price? A case-by-case affair.


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You may want to take a look in Arizona, and Texas. Those are favorite "snowbird" destinations, and especially in the Spring, there tends to be a glut of RVs on the market as people make the decision to quit the life style and sell their units.

In Texas, the RGV seems to have a good selection, and in Arizona, the Phoenix/Apache Junction areas are similar.

Again, I would hesitate to buy "sight unseen", but that is just me.

Good Luck and enjoy your experience.

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I would have to think that any state without sales tax and low registration fees would be a good place to start. I've heard that South Dakota is a popular state as is Nevada.


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DraginRat wrote:

You may want to take a look in Arizona, and Texas. Those are favorite "snowbird" destinations, and especially in the Spring, there tends to be a glut of RVs on the market as people make the decision to quit the life style and sell their units.

In Texas, the RGV seems to have a good selection, and in Arizona, the Phoenix/Apache Junction areas are similar.

Again, I would hesitate to buy "sight unseen", but that is just me.

Good Luck and enjoy your experience.

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These places are also drier than say Washington State, therefore less likely to have water damage.


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Very helpful and all great advice. I had thought that CA to Texas would get me out of the snow belt, so i will concentrate on that area.
We are 'doing' all of the lower 48, so may see some of you around.
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