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Old 06-22-2012, 10:07 PM   #11
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To me, taking the new trailer would be a no-brainer. However, being debt-free in a nearly new trailer with a few dings wouldn't be so bad, either. Hmmmm. Seriously, if you're just looking for an opinion, I'd say take the new one. It'll be easier to sell if you ever want to, will look better, and you won't have to worry about the insurance deduct if you are involved in an accident or are the victim of another hail storm. Having your current trailer repaired at the dealer would be my last choice.

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Old 06-23-2012, 12:04 AM   #12
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X2 on what Mike just said. If they can put you in a new model year that has no damage for around the same monthly payment, I wouldn't think twice. Good luck either way!

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Old 06-23-2012, 12:16 AM   #13
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Take the money, pay it off, and it is yours. You won't have payments, then you don't need insurance. Your tow vehicle insurance covers it while connected.

Now the hard part. Keep making payments in to a savings account of some kind. Then in a few years, if you want to upgrade, you may not have a premium trade in, but it will be worth something, for trade or private sell, maybe even a hunter, and you can start all over. Of course, as mentioned, your money, and if you would let me spend it............

Now the final test, does it leak anywhere? Probably can't tell from that storm, but check it quick after the next rain.
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Old 06-23-2012, 12:41 AM   #14
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Is the dealer also paying off the the debt? Just be sure.

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Old 06-29-2012, 04:15 PM   #15
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Last year I had hail damage to my 2005 Flagstaff. When I first checked it I didn't find any damage. Later, when I was washing the roof, I found bubbling under the roof membrane. I took it to the dealer and they wanted to send it back to the factory to have the entire roof replaced, not just the membrane. The insurance company and I were agreeable to that so away it went. At the factory they found water damage in one of the sidewalls. This pushed the estimate to over 75% of the value of the trailer so it was totaled. The insurance co. gave me a fair settlement and upgraded to a 4 year newer Rockwood of the same size and the same floor plan. It has several improvements since it is a newer model.
One thing I learned from this is in the case of water damage, it might not show up until later, perhaps after you have settled with the Insurance Co. I would definitely take the new trailer option.

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Old 06-29-2012, 05:18 PM   #16
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I would go for the new one and work the dealer a little or have the factory (only) repair it. I think it would be hard to sell a damaged one and if there is damage your going to be out of pocket. see what the factory would charge for the repair.

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Old 07-05-2012, 10:17 PM   #17
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Well, Hail update

Went by the dealer today to talk trailers. I can move into a 2013 just like I have now at no cost. Other than ducted a/c and probably no cost for that. OR..... we looked at a Grey Wolf 25RL and oh boy, more to think about. The 25RL is a really nice set-up (floorplan) and an upgrade in size from my 17BH. Really like the separate bedroom and larger bathroom. Okay, okay, I'm pretty sold on the 25RL (so is the DW) My question to all you fine folks is.....who has a 25RL and how do you like it?? It seems a good mix of not too big and not too small. Hopefully, I'll have this sorted out in a week or two. The bump up to the 25RL would cost me about $1100 and I can keep my personal add-ons off my 17BH. I'm a thinkin that's a pretty good deal!!??
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Old 07-05-2012, 11:25 PM   #18
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You have a couple of good choices to decide between. Good luck.
Great choice for "Living within my means" and camping for one...

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Old 07-06-2012, 04:49 PM   #19
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I have the 26RL and love it. Great layout and all seems right. Tires are Trailer Express (thiumbs down) but it came w/a small tv (19") I put it in the Bedroom and I put the small inverted haning bracket there also so I can move to to the outside station when grilling or hanging out. A 32" LED tv fit perfectly in the entertainment area and works well there. I did take out one of the chairs which makes for a lot more room in the rear window area where it it really nice at some of the riverside parks we stay.
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Old 07-23-2012, 09:34 PM   #20
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Well, we're off to the dealer tomorrow morning so the DW can do a look see at the Grey Wolf 25RL. Looking at floorplans and photos just isn't a good way to pick a camper. Insurance check in hand and ready to "get er done". Spent the weekend down home and can was visualizing how much better the roomy 25RL would be. I really like our 17BH except the corner bed. Me being over 6' and a bed hog doesn't work well in a corner bed. Doable, just not the first choice. If we can get the deal he stated we're off to the land of upsizing. More later.

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