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Old 09-28-2016, 12:26 PM   #1
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Wife and I bought our Flagstaff 25FKS about 1 month ago, and now realize it's not really the camper we dreamed of. Specifically there is no place to sit except for the dinette.
We we're thinking of trading it in for a different trailer that would better suit us, just wondering if anyone else has ever done that and how much if any did you lose on trade.
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Old 09-28-2016, 12:44 PM   #2
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Depending on the initial deal you got you will loose 20-40%
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Old 09-28-2016, 12:51 PM   #3
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Depends on what you paid for it but, most likely you will loose money. How is your relationship with your RV dealer? Maybe they will be willing to work out something with you.


Here's a tip for you:


On your next campout sit in your camper and make a list of everything you dislike and everything you wish you could have. This will put you on a good upgrade path.


Another thought - IIRC, that Flagstaff is a pretty lightweight unit. Upgrade considerations will also have to factor in your Tow Vehicle. Will you need to upgrade it IOT upgrade your Camper?


If you happen to have a newer truck that can pull @ 11K lbs you may want to take a look at a Rockwood Ultralight 5th wheel. We owned the 8289WS before we got our coach - it was a great camper!


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We recently looked a toy hauler. Our Sandpiper is 1 year old but is a 2016 model. To trade would've cost us 15k. At that particular dealer.
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Old 09-28-2016, 01:08 PM   #5
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Is it possible you would just remove the dinette and insert a nice couch, just my quick thought. Our first TT just had a dinette as well and that did get a little old. I would rather just have a cozy couch.
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Old 09-28-2016, 01:12 PM   #6
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We're in a similar boat, we bought a 2015 travel trailer in 2014 and then found that even though it's really, really nice, we should have bought a 5th wheel.
Last year, the TT was about a year old then and were shopping and found we were too far upside down in the loan and would have lost way too much for my wife's (the CFO of the family) liking.
We've since refinanced it and are working to pay it down so the loss won't be terribly bad, but it will still be a loss. In my opinion, since there is a flooding of the RV market in some types, unless you had to money to put a chunk of change on the purchase, you're gonna lose money! All those RV's listed for 'only' so much a month is just about always at the longest term and the minimum payment and in that the buyer will be upside down for years!
Plan is now to trade and get 5th wheel next spring. We also found that buying from the dealer we purchased the trailer from, they were more willing to give us a better "trade in deal" than any of the other places we'd been shopping.
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Is it possible you would just remove the dinette and insert a nice couch, just my quick thought. Our first TT just had a dinette as well and that did get a little old. I would rather just have a cozy couch.

Same situation with our 22' MH. A couch would be a lot more comfortable. But, our dinette is sitting on the slide, and it probably weighs a lot less than a couch would.
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For us, a trailer upgrade also means a TV upgrade as well. I'm pulling right at the safe limit of my truck as it is.
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Old 09-29-2016, 08:20 AM   #9
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This is why I don't understand why people don't buy used.

You spent more on that than a new car, only to decide after a month you didn't like it?

Maybe you should have spent $5k on a used on and figured out what you did and didn't like about it, before dropping that kind of dough.
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We looked at some used. They were disgustingly dirty. Since I am the driver, I then got worried about being away from home in it and something gows wrong. To us, it just made sense tobuy a new one. The older I get, the more overly cautious I am. Same reason we bought the toad brand new. Looked at used, and it just made me more nervous!
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