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Posted: 06/14/22 07:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My boys are grown up now and we don't have a need for a 34 foot bunkhouse anymore. Accordingly, we want to downsize to a used 19-24 foot TT.
I've had a couple of them over the years, but they have been 30 plus.

Any suggestions for older, used, smaller units? Brands, models, etc...

Appreciate any help.

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My number one suggestion would be to hold off on buying anything for a little bit.

We are headed for one of the biggest gluts in the supply of RVs that most of us have seen in our lifetimes.

It's not here yet - prices are still ridiculously high - but it's coming.

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Biggest suggestion is to hire someone to do a pre-purchase inspection. It's a good idea for any RV but especially a used one. As Steve Lehto says he has folks come into his office wanting to sue over a defective product that they had inspected after having issues with it and with used vehicles or RVs he has to tell them they did things in the wrong order, inspect then buy.


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I would not buy anything with a build date from 12-2019 until now. Covid played havoc with build quality which sucked to begin with and right now they are trying to push as much garbage out the factory door as possible before the sheet hits the fan, which they know is coming.

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If you are also selling your current one, try now, With fuel cost still rising, and a likely glut in the future, best off to move your unit now. As to brands, start with Grand Design, KZ, Jayco, Winnebago, and then the upper end units from Gulfstream and the rest. The four I mentioned seem to have loyal followings, indicating something must be right about them. (or at least less wrong)
West coast brands Arctic fox, Lance, ORV are hard to find on the east coast. And generally will draw a premium price if you do run across one.

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Do NOT buy from a dealer.

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PButler96 wrote:

I would not buy anything with a build date from 12-2019 until now. Covid played havoc with build quality which sucked to begin with and right now they are trying to push as much garbage out the factory door as possible before the sheet hits the fan, which they know is coming.


Agree.


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theoldwizard1 wrote:

Do NOT buy from a dealer.


This....
And if not an immediate need and you have a camper that is not worth a ton and not really a big advantage to sell in a hot market, I'd wait too. Use what I got assuming it's depreciated out and not a big $ advantage to sell NOW.
I also believe, 2023 and 2024 will be buyers market.


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My experience is that buying used quality products (Airstream, Bigfoot, etc.) pays off. The ownership experience is better and the unit is easier to sell on the back end with less depreciation. I find the net cost of ownership is lower with a higher end product. These comments only work if your search yielded you a good, reasonably priced product.

I have to agree with the comment regarding a glut of inventory out there. People can't afford the fuel required for RVs and will need their funds for other necessities. One caveat; rents have gone up 50% in some areas maybe forcing people into trailers to live.

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We just did this. Had a 40 foot 5th wheel that we bought new in 2014. Sold it for KBB full market value. Found the perfect little trailer on Craigslist. You have great buying power when you have cash. We bought a 2004 R Vision and really like it alot. Good build quality and super lightweight.

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