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Old 02-09-2015, 10:29 AM   #1
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Am I crazy to think about trading after less than 2 years?

Wife and I bought our new Salem in fall of 2013. Camped several times in 2013 and many times in 2014. We ended up camping much more than we originally thought, and we live in our camper for the entire month of August each year, and we'll be doing a lot more weekends going forward. The more time we spend in our camper we realize there are some little things that we would like to improve upon. We are considering trading for a new Flagstaff that seems to address all out current issues. I've never been inside a Flagstaff but watched 100 youtube videos. We are going to check out the Flagstaff line in person at our dealer tomorrow.

I know I am going to take a beating on any trade of my Salem. Our original plan was to keep it for 5 years before trading again... but I have the fever now and might take the hit, not sure yet.

Am I the only one this has ever happened to? Am I crazy for even considering this? Our current Salem is the nicest camper we have ever owned, and is very close to meeting our needs, but not absolutely ideal...
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Old 02-09-2015, 10:38 AM   #2
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Only you and your wife knows this.....so what will it be?....let us know when it happens.
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Old 02-09-2015, 10:45 AM   #3
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I don't think there is such a thing as an ideal camper - and I've wasted a tidy sum proving it. Whatever you buy will come up a little short in some way that you won't realize until you have owned it for a while. For my two cents, if your Salem is close to meeting your needs, keep it and spend your money elsewhere. If you trade, you will surely take a beating . . . not to mention going through the unpleasant business of salesmen who don't know their products and managers who suck air through their teeth as they tell you how little your camper is worth.
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Old 02-09-2015, 11:11 AM   #4
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You wouldn't be the first - or even close to it, to take the hit and trade after a year or two. But, many people who do that really miss the mark and buy something way too small or something that totally doesn't fit their needs. Sounds like you aren't in that position, so you could put it off a couple years if the numbers don't work out.


Sounds like you get enough use out of your tt to at least consider it.
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Old 02-09-2015, 11:13 AM   #5
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I agree with 00buck. Can you do some mods to make your trailer more to your liking. If it is almost perfect you most likely will not improve the situation. Because there is only so much space to work with in a RV, if you add and item something has to be taken out to make space.
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Old 02-09-2015, 11:39 AM   #6
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To each his own. We have owned somewhere around 8 campers in twelve years. Probable took a beating on some of them, but our money so what the hell? I have heard you should but your fourth camper first. We just like having new s--t. Good luck with what you decide
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Old 02-09-2015, 12:54 PM   #7
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Feel your pain, we started with a 28 foot Keystone for a year and then went all the way to a 36RE 40 foot CC in 2010. Have added a lot of things that we felt where needed and know we will never get all investments back but like you, do have the fever to get a newer RV, don't need it but still have fever.
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Old 02-09-2015, 01:10 PM   #8
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Use Craigslist to sell the current, unless you just want to let a dealer make thousands off of you. Then go with a dealer like RVWholesalers to save over a local dealer on the new. You'll take less of a hit than you think- as long as you've taken care of the one you currently have and have some sales ability. I've got my 4th camper in 5 years on order. Never lost money other than delivery and tax on any of them. Made money on the first- bought it used from a dealer, too. Others were all new. Good luck.
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Old 02-09-2015, 01:13 PM   #9
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I am in the same spot. Have had our trailer two years and am looking to "upgrade" to another. I have been beating my head against the wall examining all of the pros and cons. Wish there was a cure for the fever.


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Old 02-09-2015, 01:22 PM   #10
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You are not the only one. We traded our first Class A after 2 years, but there is also something else you want. Good luck!
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