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Old 07-29-2014, 02:57 PM   #1
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Cost of TV's are crazy.

I need to replace my 2004 Chevy Trailblazer soon as I only like to keep my cars till they are 10 yrs old.

I own a High Wall pop up and need something to tow 5,000 lbs.

The wife likes the Chevy Tahoe so I started looking around at those and OMG are the prices high. I never knew they got so expensive. And they hold their value like crazy. These things only drop about 3K each year which is nothing for an auto. A 2011 is gonna run me about 30K for the base trimmed unit. That is close to a $700/month car pmt. OUCH!.

I am finding that my options are pretty slim. Everything I see that can tow 5,000lbs is in the 30K range for a 3-4 year old unit with appropriate miles (12K/year).

Sure is depressing that the cost of the camping lifestyle is so high.

Sorry to rant. Just really frustrated.

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Old 07-29-2014, 03:05 PM   #2
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Do yourself a favor and buy this TV for your next camper (do I hear the voice of experiance speaking? )

Take a look at any chances of discounts (keeping in mind the above) For instance, were you or a parent in the military? Very good deals if so.

You also may consider buying new. we did and did so with the thought of kiiping our TV for 10+ years. The new F150 Class of TV out there tow what F250s did 10 years ago & there is a lot of technology built into these beasts these days!
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Old 07-29-2014, 03:08 PM   #3
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Sounds like you are like me. I usually have my vehicles for 10 years so the 30K investment is well worth it. You should be able to take a 5 yr loan on that to reduce the monthly payment. We even took a 6 yr loan on our truck. We pay extra each month to get it paid off sooner and reduce the amount of interest we are paying back.
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Old 07-29-2014, 03:17 PM   #4
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All of the Big 3 auto makers are having record high sales this year. Our local GM assembly plant in Arlington,Texas which make the Pickups and other brands did not shut down for the July Forth holiday due to heavy demand.

Supply and Demand at work.
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Old 07-29-2014, 03:26 PM   #5
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I know. The economy is booming like crazy. People just cannot get enough of the $40-$50K SUV's and trucks. Too bad I did not need a car when we are in a recession back in 2008/2009. Now I have to compete with all the people with money to burn.
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Old 07-30-2014, 10:37 PM   #6
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My new one had a sticker price of $56K... I didn't pay that for it, but it took me 3 months to get the deal I wanted.
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Old 07-30-2014, 10:47 PM   #7
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Take over my payments and I'll sell you my Ram, 8300 lb towing capacity, payments under $600. Then I'll go out and get me something to tow a fiver.

Oh, wait, I'm pretty sure the DW will kill me if I did that... Never mind.
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Old 07-30-2014, 11:43 PM   #8
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I have $40k in my truck (2002) and trailer (2007) that I bought in 2006. I can`t imagine spending $40k on a TV and still have something old behind it.
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Do yourself a favor and buy this TV for your next camper (do I hear the voice of experiance speaking? )

Take a look at any chances of discounts (keeping in mind the above) For instance, were you or a parent in the military? Very good deals if so.

You also may consider buying new. we did and did so with the thought of kiiping our TV for 10+ years. The new F150 Class of TV out there tow what F250s did 10 years ago & there is a lot of technology built into these beasts these days!
I second that and use the same truck and have been told as recently as yesterday by the DW No New Truck for 10 years!
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Where I live, a new truck from the big 3 will run you about half the cost of a decent 3br home...crazy!

I recently heard someone (Clark Howard?) likening the current truck/SUV market to the "Housing Bubble".
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