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Old 07-15-2016, 03:07 PM   #1
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My FR3 is too much for me - Question on Trade-in

Hi - I've come to realize that my FR3 28DS is to much for me as a single person. My initial plans of being able to take my dad away has been put on hold because of illness. I've only used the RV twice (purchased last August - end of the month) . I really like the RV life but thinking of downgrading to a smaller Class C or just turning it in and wait a little longer until i have the time to utilize it more.

So my question is - do they hold their value if I trade back or should I sell it on my own?

Any advice in greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-15-2016, 03:24 PM   #2
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You'll almost always make more money selling it yourself vs. trading it in.

As for deprecation, it's pretty bad. How much pain you're in for depends on how much you negotiated initially. If you did good, you already handled a chunk of it. If you didn't, you might be in for a nasty surprise. It's hard to say.
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Old 07-15-2016, 04:13 PM   #3
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Old 07-16-2016, 01:35 PM   #4
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Yikes thanks for the feed back. I should have looked into that a little more before taking on this purchase.
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Old 07-16-2016, 02:48 PM   #5
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Hi - I've come to realize that my FR3 28DS is to much for me as a single person. My initial plans of being able to take my dad away has been put on hold because of illness. I've only used the RV twice (purchased last August - end of the month) . I really like the RV life but thinking of downgrading to a smaller Class C or just turning it in and wait a little longer until i have the time to utilize it more.

So my question is - do they hold their value if I trade back or should I sell it on my own?

Any advice in greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Obviously I don't know your circumstances but I have a suggestion that might be doable.

As mentioned you will take a large financial loss by trading and even sellng privately.

If you think you might use it more in the future then consider keeping it. Perhaps you can take a nice ride once or twice a month which will keep the vehicle fresh. An hour will probably be sufficient. While you take those rides you will become much more comfortable driving your FR3. Pack a lunch and enjoy it.
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Old 07-17-2016, 01:37 PM   #6
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You might not have given yourself enough of a chance to acclimate to a larger vehicle. It took me quite awhile and several thousand miles driving to be comfortable. Do you know someone adventurous who could share this journey with you and support you through the process? Good Luck!!
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Old 07-17-2016, 02:08 PM   #7
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From your posting name, I assume you are female. Look for and join your local chapter of RVW (RVing Women). When you go to the monthly rally you always have plenty of "motherly" help on how everything works, how to drive, how to hookup and unhook and how to trouble shoot problems. We belong to the Northern California Chapter and have many single women in our group who have learned to embrace solo travel. Some are in their 80's and 90's now. RVW also has a national solo group you can join.
Think about it. The support is priceless and the comradery even more so!
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Old 07-17-2016, 03:54 PM   #8
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I travel as a single female in a 25 ft. Solera with my two dogs. It's a good size for me and I find it very maneuverable. I added rear bumper motion sensors along with my rear camera since I don't have a spotter. I can get into all the state parks with thus size. Frankly, my dogs are better travel companions than my ex; they never complain and are happy just to be with me wherever I go. I get to be as spontaneous as I wish. I joined RVW last year but realized that it's mostly a bunch of older retirees that wasn't really my kind of group.
If you purchased it close to retail price, you will take a big hit if you decide to sell. I bought mine wholesale online and decided when I bought it that if I didn't like it, I could sell it for what I paid. Like the others said; try a couple small trips to get more comfortable with it first and maybe bring along a friend.
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Yes depreciation is a killer and even a private buyer may want to pay $20-$30k less and then there's the hassle of dealing with potential buyers calling at all hours of the day and night wanting to see it on short notice and then maybe not even show up!

I agree with many others here that rather than lose a bundle, learn the vehicle and take some trips to get comfortable. Grab a girlfriend or man friend to go with you until your Dad is better to go with you!

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Also have a Solera with a pack of dogs and occaisionly a husband. Don't give up! I have been all over the US doing dog shows. Love being by myself.
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