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Old 02-13-2018, 07:32 AM   #11
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What is your average length of time you hang on to your RV before you decide to go shopping?
We have had a total of 4 campers, 1 popup and 3 TT's, and have kept them for 3 seasons each. We just purchased another TT that we will pick up in the spring, a 2018 FR Rockwood 2706ws. After trading in our popup and seeing the financial loss on the trade I decided to sell my other TT's on my own. The last one I sold went for $5000 more than the dealer would give me on a trade. Try to sell your TT on your own and then pay cash for the next one.
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Old 02-13-2018, 08:12 AM   #12
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We have had two travel trailers and three fifth wheels. This fifth wheel we plan to keep. We have spent to much on this camper to trade or sell it
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Old 02-13-2018, 09:32 AM   #13
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I'm convinced that modern RVs aren't made to last more than five years of moderate to full-time use use. Our current RV is the first we have kept longer, at six years now. We have started looking, but honestly can't find anything we like better. So I just keep inspecting and maintaining this rig.

I believe your ability to sell for a good price goes down considerably as your RV approaches 10 years. At ten years you are basically off loading it.
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Old 02-13-2018, 09:36 AM   #14
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The trailer has been perfect for you, you're really enjoying it and it's paid for....why do you need a new trailer? We have a 2011 Puma 295bhk and we love it. When the grand-kids quit coming with us we will probably convert the rear bedroom into a living room.


It’s not that I need or want anything, just trying to see what others think s the best return on there investment without taking to much of a beating on the resale value.
I have never owned a RV anything so I am just trying to get an idea of how fast they depreciate and what the average length of time is people hang on to what they have.
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Old 02-13-2018, 09:39 AM   #15
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I'm convinced that modern RVs aren't made to last more than five years of moderate to full-time use use. Our current RV is the first we have kept longer, at six years now. We have started looking, but honestly can't find anything we like better. So I just keep inspecting and maintaining this rig.

I believe your ability to sell for a good price goes down considerably as your RV approaches 10 years. At ten years you are basically off loading it.

This is kind of what I have been thinking, somewhere in the 5 year range is a good time to flip to something newer. thanks.
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Old 02-13-2018, 10:45 AM   #16
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It’s not that I need or want anything, just trying to see what others think s the best return on there investment without taking to much of a beating on the resale value.
I have never owned a RV anything so I am just trying to get an idea of how fast they depreciate and what the average length of time is people hang on to what they have.
We're approaching our 5 year mark this spring and have been in the serious contention of trading our TT in on a 5th wheel. Not that we're unhappy with our TT, but I wanted to address a couple of minor annoyances now that we're looking at a better truck, mostly due to overall length. That being said, I was a little shocked when we inquired about the trade in value of our TT, and found out they're offering around 1/2 what we paid 5 years ago, which was already 8000 off MSRP at the time. So, at the (almost) 5 year mark, our ROI has dropped to less than 1/2 of MSRP.
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We bought our Springdale in 2013. It was a bunkhouse since we had teenagers we needed all the room we could get. We Just sold the Springdale a couple weeks ago. When it came down to the numbers, we were just even on the Springdale. We sold because now we camp without many guests so we wanted a rear living model. After walking through about 7 different models the Hemisphere GLX 272RL totally fit what we wanted. This camper will be with us much longer than the last. Friends are thinking of buying a new TT this year after buying last year. They need a bunkhouse for the same reasons we had one. They know they are going to take a bit if a hit on selling so soon, but now know they should have bought a bunkhouse last year.
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Old 02-13-2018, 11:07 AM   #18
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We are going to keep this one until the time comes to give up the RV lifestyle. As long as I feel comfortable with towing, etc. we will be here. Then we sell. We figure we are having so much fun that whatever the cost it is/has been worth it. If we have a pay to have the RV towed away, so be it. I hope that time is still several years away.
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Old 02-13-2018, 11:41 AM   #19
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RVs are a depreciating asset so there is no positive ROI. If you're looking for the lowest loss, don't buy new, buy used. The depreciation will be less over the time you own it and the depreciation rate will decrease as it gets older - to a point. RVs lose a lot more when you take it off the dealer's lot than a car or truck and they depreciate at a faster rate than a domestic car or truck.

You'll lose at lot less by buying a good used camper and keeping it for 5 years compared to buying new and selling it after 5 years. And you can have just as good of an experience as long as you don't buy somebody else's problem.

The tricky part of buying a used camper is knowing how long to keep it before it starts costing you a lot in maintenance and the advantage (vs. buying new) begins to decrease.
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I had an RV salesman tell me November is the best time. No, I wasn't buying at the time. He said the reason is, the dealer at that point hasn't had good sales in a while (usually since August). December is not a good time, because people do buy RVs for Christmas. January can be good, depending on the weather (only if it is really cold and people aren't getting the itch). By February, people are looking to get ready for the Spring.

Of course no science here and this is in the Southeast (Georgia).

I have always bought new. It isn't that bad, if you don't finance everything (taxes, warranty, upgrades, etc.) and don't finance it forever! However, like many have said, if you buy used, someone else has already taken the huge depreciation and you now just take the normal depreciation (slower over the life). If you want a warranty, there are companies, which offer extended warranties for used RVs. My wife likes new, so we buy new.
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