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Old 11-06-2015, 02:52 PM   #21
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Trade in shock

Like Dan.....have never traded an RV and also have never purchased new. Have changed 4 times over the years. Always buy in the fall and sell in the spring....which means I end up with two units for a few months but the net cash result is worth it. The depreciation on this stuff is over the top so buying a couple of years old after someone else has worked out all the bugs makes sense to me.
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Old 11-06-2015, 02:57 PM   #22
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X2 on what Jim said.
agree with this thinking and logic. the final numbers are what matters to me.
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Old 11-06-2015, 03:05 PM   #23
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It's always better to sell your old unit vs trading, to a point. I got my dealer to give me more than the NADA value, which made it reasonable enough to trade as I'd have made only a little more money plus the trouble of selling it.

I was so disgusted with my Sierra situation that i looked into trading it off. "Taking a bath" doesn't quite say it, so I kept it and I'll make it work.
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Old 11-06-2015, 03:27 PM   #24
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I do not worry about trade in value since these are numbers that any dealer can play with. To me it is the out the door cost of the new trailer with the trade in since this is the finial number that counts.


What is the difference if the dealer will pay $1,000 for your old trailer and retail you a new trailer for $30K. Or another dealer who will give you a traded in value of $10K for your trailer and retail the same trailer for $40K. What is the final cost, this is what counts to me. In fact you will pay more sales tax on a $40K trailer cost VS the $30K trailer this to effects the final cost.


To many people get hung up on trade in value and not the big picture cost.
Exactly! Unless you own an all Fiberglass camper like the Scamps, Casitias etc. you will loose your --- every time.
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Exactly! Unless you own an all Fiberglass camper like the Scamps, Casitias etc. you will loose your --- every time.
So true. I paid $15,000 for a new Casita in 2004, kept it three years and sold it for $13,500. People were clamoring for used Casitas at the time and probably still are. I listed it on the Casita forum and within 45 minutes I had three people who said they'd have cash in my hands the next day if I'd sell it to them. Wish I'd asked $15,000 for it.
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Old 11-06-2015, 04:14 PM   #26
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We were content with the size of our sabre but the floorplan no longer fit our lifestyle.
We had a bunkhouse for 5 children whom are all gone except one.
It was a justified switch.

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Old 11-06-2015, 04:22 PM   #27
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It's always better to sell your old unit vs trading, to a point. I got my dealer to give me more than the NADA value, which made it reasonable enough to trade as I'd have made only a little more money plus the trouble of selling it.
Same here. We traded our last TT in when we still had a few years left to pay on it. They gave us the payoff balance sight-unseen. Since we were permanent and had no way to tow it and/or store it, they pulled it off our site and put the new one on as well. Definitely worthwhile for us.
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I am curious as to what they offered and what you think it is worth if you don't mind me asking.
I don't have the numbers with me so I will answer this when I get home from work.
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I do not worry about trade in value since these are numbers that any dealer can play with. To me it is the out the door cost of the new trailer with the trade in since this is the finial number that counts.

I belong to that camp of thinking as well. I gave an offer of how much I wanted to pay out of pocket and then let the dealership work things out. They came back with numbers that didn't work for me by a super long shot. I didn't encounter since we were on two different plants.

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A friend of mine terminated a friendship with a GMC dealer because he couldn't do the math. The dealer had a $25k truck and my friend had a $13k trade in truck. The dealer would of been willing to come down to $21k and give him $13k for his, but my friend wanted more for his trade in. His dealer friend offered $17k for his trade but didn't come down from the $25k price. He took the deal. After the deal was made he found the same truck for $20k online for sale all over. He thought he was cheated but the deal was $8k difference all day long.
I like to run the numbers to see how things compare. I had a mortgage lender that tried to get me to sign the "better deal" with them but the numbers said otherwise in comparison to my selected mortgage lender. She tried to tell me that higher payments & total amount of loan was the better choice while buying points was evil (yet she had charged me partial point). It would had cost me $11,000 more with her company than the company selected.

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When we bought our new TT we didn't even bother working a deal on our trade in. I sold it on CL for asking price the same weekend we bought the new one.
Due to my modest fixed income I need the funds from my trailer to offset the cost of the new trailer. My options are limited since I do not want to finance it.

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agree with this thinking and logic. the final numbers are what matters to me.
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As I read this thread I am getting a lot of good feedback to ponder. Thanks everyone!

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I wonder if "size and storage envy" ever goes away....always something bigger and better out there. I'm learning to be content with my little T.T. if I don't I will always want something better I guess that's just human nature.
My "size & space envy" will go away now that I have removed myself from the possibility of a new trailer in the near future I'm on a fixed modest income and my present trailer is paid for. I don't want to finance the new RV because it's not a good choice for my income bracket with being a single income household. I want to limit how much savings to use for a new RV or anything else.

Will I still like to have more space? Of course, but my present trailer still works for me. And of course I would like to have the bells & whistles that the new trailer would have but then my present trailer has some options that the new trailer would need.
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