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Posted: 02/25/21 12:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Dave H M wrote:

Heck yeah, I think the $5 gas that is coming will change the market.

$5 a gallon diesel, actually $5.15 in New York back in 2008 didn’t slow us down and the roads were full of RV’s.





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Three years ago I bought an 02 Cross Roads 5er and I checked that everything worked before buying. We put 7500 mi on it in one trip to the PNW and it performed flawlessly. But I also did pre trip preventive maintenance, brakes, bearings, shocks and tires. We sold it and upgraded in size to an 05 Mountaineer. Notice I said I did the maintenance not a shop so the cost was much less than if you're needing a shop to do those things.
There are nice older units out there at decent prices, you just need to be patient and stay away from dealers. I've found that some like to tack $1000 to the sale price of used units for clean up. I've never bought an RV from a dealer always private individuals. Some will scoff at the following but my RV purchases have all been under $9,000 each. That's including a truck camper, TT, and 2 5er's.
In 60 years of driving I've bought less than a dozen vehicles bought from dealerships I hate paying inflated prices





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Retired JSO wrote:

Dave H M wrote:

Heck yeah, I think the $5 gas that is coming will change the market.

$5 a gallon diesel, actually $5.15 in New York back in 2008 didn’t slow us down and the roads were full of RV’s.

Yep I paid 4.95 in WA. Gets that high I just cut miles traveled but still travel.

As for the original question, my son just picked up a pristine 25 year old 34ft 5W for 8K. New tires, new battery, and still had blue tape on the stainless around the sink. Dated interior but very functional. One of the first aluminum framed RV's I know of. The 5W was stored local inside by the original owner from TX. It was taken to the lake used weekends & summer vacations here in NM. So far the only repair was replacing the heater motor that had bad bearings,$50, likely from non use. They are out there, most RV's are only used weekends so get little real use. Make sure appliances work, pressurizer the water and check for freeze leaks. Take your time they are out there.

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I've been in a camping club for over 20 years so I have a pipeline for good used RVs that have been well cared for, from people I trust. The best thing you can do is start networking through friends and any groups that you are with until you find a good source.
Ive had three Sunny Brooks in a row and I would put the material, build quality and reliability up against any brand. I bought my 2008 from a friend in the club when it was five years old, for half of what he paid when it was new. I went to three RV shows four years ago, in Phoenix and I laughed at the junk that they wanted $100,000+ for... Nothing but pressed wood everywhere I looked.
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Edd505---That's a GREAT looking 5er !! Even the nose cone appears to be bug free!


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Thank you for all the great tips. I will have to take my time looking and also look for a good RV inspector to help out. I have a couple friends with RV's so I will have them keep an eye out for me as well.


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Edd505 wrote:

Retired JSO wrote:

Dave H M wrote:

Heck yeah, I think the $5 gas that is coming will change the market.

$5 a gallon diesel, actually $5.15 in New York back in 2008 didn’t slow us down and the roads were full of RV’s.

Yep I paid 4.95 in WA. Gets that high I just cut miles traveled but still travel.

2008? gas is right now just under $5 a gallon at Furnace Creek DVNP. Was happy to buy almost 20 gallon a day exploring the off-pavement areas this past week. Fill 'er up and let's go. Or sit home and whine about it, whatever.

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I owned a 5er several years ago but sold it due to a move. I am interested in getting another one. I still have my tow vehicle, 2004 Silverado 3500 diesel, that I plan to use. I can afford to spend around 20K. I would like something in the 27-32 foot range. I don't need something really nice but want something as reliable as I can get.

I would appreciate any advice on what brands or models have a good reputation for being reliable in my price range. I would also be like to hear from others that have searched for a purchased a used 5er, how was your experience and any advice you can offer.

Thanks for any help.


Which ever 5th wheel you are looking at buying take it to a Good RV shop to have it completely checked out to make sure you know all the systems are working and if any repairs are needed. $200 to $300 could be well worth it. It will also give some peace of mind.


As an adjunct, if a potential buyer wanted to hook up my fifth wheel and tow it to an RV dealer for an inspection I would tell them no. The effect for that type of action would be to talk me down on my price, and impart a huge inconvenience on me, plus take the trailer off the market for a while, let alone liability issues. I would sell it to the next person with the ability to inspect it himself on site and recognize the value that it is. Not worth it for a $20k sale.

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Just gotta be patient, open up your search area further out. I see your in Murrieta. We just negotiated and got a 5th wheel in our price range (30k) and everything we wanted in Temecula. We don’t live far (San Jacinto) which was nice. The market is hot and things are selling fast.
This is what we did, we researched and narrowed down what we wanted and were looking for, so that way you are ready to pull the trigger. I was texting the owner back and fourth before our appointment to see it. There’s was a lot of people going to see it, so we decided to put a deposit on it through Venmo to secure it. He didn’t accept the offer but instead told us we sounded very serious compared to everyone else that were going to look at it and that’s been contacting him. He agreed to give us first look and scheduled us on a Thursday to view it. He has all the other potential buyers going out on Saturday since it Was in storage. At the end it all worked out great for the seller and us. Your 5th wheel is out there just gotta be ready when it comes up. Cheers!


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As an adjunct, if a potential buyer wanted to hook up my fifth wheel and tow it to an RV dealer for an inspection I would tell them no. The effect for that type of action would be to talk me down on my price, and impart a huge inconvenience on me, plus take the trailer off the market for a while, let alone liability issues. I would sell it to the next person with the ability to inspect it himself on site and recognize the value that it is. Not worth it for a $20k sale.

I couldn't agree more. If I have something for sale it's not leaving here until paid in full. You can inspect it all you want HERE.
Also when looking if you're serious carry a substantial amount of cash for at least a deposit. A stack of $100 bills in sight can help in negotiations. Be ready to buy while there if it's what you want. The last 2 I bought, from individuals, took a couple hours or better. Checking it over and negotiating can take a while. A few years ago I was about a 100 mi from home looking at one. Made the deal, paid them and waited for them to unload all their personal items then pulled it home. If you see it and want it don't hesitate buy it. Used trailers are like used cars, no two are the same

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