Have you priced toyhaulers? We didn't know they cost so much. We looked at some 5th wheel toyhaulers back in April and were surprised at the $80,000 price tag on them. Bigger, better and nicer 5th wheels were half the price.
I got sticker shock as well. One reason toyhaulers are more expensive is that they are not a commodity item, so the floorplan and design work has to be paid off with fewer sold units. They also have some different items that have to be designed in that most TTs don't have, mainly a built in generator and fuel station. That, and balancing the rig so it can handle the added weight in the back of someone's stuff.
The used toy hauler that I'm looking to get is a 27' bumper pull. It's a Cherokee Wolf Pack that lists for 21K+ with all the options and he's selling for 15.5. It's a 2009 in like new condition and for that price I think it's a no brainer.
I appreciate everyones contribution to this thread and the information you've shared. You've really been a big help. Thanks.
Take whatever you *think* you are going to spend and then double it. That will give you a rough estimate of total annual expenses.
Take whatever you think you're going to spend, them double it, THEN
halve the number of items you "think" you need and halve the money estimate by two. ;-)
Keep it simple. Buy the necessities for safe traveling, including the basics for comfortable sleeping, eating, and hygeine. Add to your list as you RV over time, otherwise you'll be emptying half of the "stuff" out never to be used again.
I pulled the trigger on the toy hauler last week and this past weekend was the first of many camping trips with our family and friends. I asked my three year old what his favorite part of the weekend was and he said riding bikes with me. Being a dad has its rewards.
Thanks to everyone who contributed and helped me think this out.
I didnt see anyone list insurance as a cost. Also storage is a concern maybe. We are now storing ours at home but that was after we had $4000 work done on a drive way and pad into our back yard. Had to have sprinkler system work done as well.
TT: 2013 Jayco Eagle 314
Truck: 2006 GMC 2500HD Duramax
Duck Gun: Benelli Super Black Eagle II