Originally Posted by Hob
Not a shot at you. However, you sometimes you forget some people don't have the same budget as you or maybe, haven't been as frugal in preparing for later in life (retirement) as you have. They cant afford the luxury of buying a new TT as readily as maybe your retirement lets you do.
Taken in the spirit given.
What follows is my honest opinion and presented in as non-confrontational a way as I can.
I am just being pragmatic and did not "forget some people don't have the same budget as" me. Sometimes "economy" in some things like this can be false economy. We are not talking about buying paper towels at the warehouse store to save a few bucks here.
Unless you have lost your home and job and are living in the travel trailer in your uncle's back yard due to circumstance, being overly
frugal should not enter into the buying equation. Note: Not talking about paying more that you should here. Search "do your homework" and several other great "how to buy a camper" threads here.
Traveling to vacation by RV is expensive
. In addition to maintaining your home while you are away, fuel, campground fees, maintenance, inspections, tires, insurance, etc, far exceed the payment delta between a "good" used camper and a new one in any given year.
Especially since we are living on a fixed income (as you noted) in a world where costs are rising every day, we need to pinch every dollar till they scream just like you do. I for one would prefer to be camping in the trailer with my few left over "enjoy retirement dollars" than worrying about it and programming a significant amount of those dollars to camper upkeep.
Buying a "cheap fix'er upper" only works when you can flip it for a profit.
That whole mind set is out the window now for housing, and it never worked on an asset that depreciated. With the newer lightweight campers, that loss of value is for good reason. Frames are designed with a given life expectancy in mind (similar to the car and appliance industry of the 70's) and will most likely be junk in 10 years due to metal fatigue.
When I was a kid I drove a "beater" (a well used car that "runs") and it left me on the side of the road more once. In those days you could count on someone picking you up if you hung out your thumb. Being left on the side of the road today even ONCE is an expensive proposition and forget about someone stopping (unless it is a serial killer, terrorist, or opportune tow truck operator with a police scanner and an eye for taking your money).