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Old 03-14-2015, 09:26 PM   #11
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If the unit checks out with all equipment working, no obvious signs of wear and tear. Nothing screams like I have been in a flood. For a 3k savings, you are not at the pricepoint where you are going to argue to a 50% reduction to "Take it off his hands".

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Old 03-15-2015, 12:48 PM   #12
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Based on my experience with warranty issues with my 2914.5 Wildcat Maxx 282RK, I'd go with used as long as there are no obvious problems. Getting warranty work done was a total nightmare and in the end I got tired of fighting with both FR and the dealer and picked up my fifth wheel from the dealer. After sitting in the dealer's lot for 6 months absolutely nothing was done to it. I paid for the repairs myself at an independant RV vendor.
Hopefully, a year old RV will have all of the problems already taken care of.
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Old 03-18-2015, 10:20 PM   #13
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I think the following problem exists when buying used. The original owner pays top dollar for the camper, then finances it with as little down as posible and for as long as posible. When he wants to sell it he owes more than a new one will cost at a dealer that has competitive prices.
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Old 03-18-2015, 10:38 PM   #14
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I think the following problem exists when buying used. The original owner pays top dollar for the camper, then finances it with as little down as posible and for as long as posible. When he wants to sell it he owes more than a new one will cost at a dealer that has competitive prices.
That can certainly be an issue. Doing a little homework should keep you from that pitfall.

Personally, I've never financed a vehicle or "luxury" item in my life. I know more people that own their RV's outright than ones that are making payments. I couldn't even speculate on the percentages, but there are still a lot of 1 year olds out there that can be had for well under current market values.
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Old 03-18-2015, 10:56 PM   #15
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What do you camp/rv in Yarome? Some people can buy outright some can't but want the enjoyment of RVing. Yes they may be caught up in looking at one of those new bad boy's and restraint is the best but we(not you) get that "new car bug" and get bitten.Life goes on.
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Old 03-18-2015, 11:19 PM   #16
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I would say a discount of 15 to 20 % after it leaves the lot. That is reasonable, RV version of NADA would give you a range of prices. Being so close to purchase due diligence on Title and Lien search should be done.
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Old 03-18-2015, 11:27 PM   #17
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3k new to used is not enough in my opinion. Check it head to to. Look for re caulking,mismatched items, tires ect.

Offer 5k less and an in house 1year warrantee. If all checks out.

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I tend to agree with Salt Shaker. A used hybrid is a bigger risk than a used TT or 5er by virtue of the fact that the are, in the case of the 233S, 3 big holes in the walls. I'd be very cautious with a unit that was traded in so quickly, but it might be fine.

I also agree that most of the time the major issues will have been found within the first year. I recently negotiated a deal on a one-owner 2011 so I'm not as concerned about a longer term warranty - I just insisted on a thorough PDI and a 30 day warranty.

I don't think you'll get a 1 yr warranty directly from any dealer but you could try to negotiate on the price of a reputable aftermarket longer term warranty. Search this forum for recommended aftermarket warranties. If you bought new you'd be able to get the second year warranty from FR for $150 so if it looks to be in excellent condition, try offering 15 - 20% less than new, plus a 24 month aftermarket warranty.
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Old 03-22-2015, 09:09 PM   #18
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Thanks for all the insight everybody. We passed on the nearly new one.
To answer the pricing questions, it was $17,000 and a new one was $20,000. Both included all costs except for tax & title.
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Old 03-23-2015, 10:49 AM   #19
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Knuteski Congratulations on getting a new rig! Questions though, was the used rig at the same dealer you bought the new rig from? Why was it only 6 months old? Did previous owner upgrade or return because of issues? On a 23' hybrid, to me some of the posts on fear of things wrong with it or could be wrong were a bit overstated. They really are not that complicated of RV's.
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The nearly new one was from a private seller. They had to sell it for an unexpected change in their financial situation. Our biggest concern with the nearly new one is that since they barely used it, they didn't have time to shake out the cobwebs. We didn't want to be the ones to shake it out without a warranty (at least on the structural items).
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