My wife and I had a fruitful (overwhelming) day of shopping for our first TT yesterday. We are really excited to get out with our dogs and enjoy the great outdoors this summer!
We looked at the new 2109s, 2104s, and 2304 models. Then went to another dealer who has a very clean 2012 2304s that we really like over all. I think we've narrowed it down to either a new 2014 2304 or the 2012 2304s. I am not a very negotiator, so could use some advice here, as cost and resale is a big part of the equation for us.
I am a little worried that 2304s is going to be too much for my 2001 GMC C1500 with 4.8L and 3.42 gears, even if I install the tow package that it did not come with. Although, I could probably sell it and upgrade to a K2500 or F250 for a few grand more. The 2304s is 950 lbs heavier (4720 dry) than 2304 we are considering. I like the look of the frame skirt I saw on the 2304s and 2104s (odd the 2109s dose not have it, neither does the 2304). From the brochure it says:
Vacuum-bonded floor with 16” on
center aluminum floor joists
(Std. Ultra Lite, select Roo models)
Enclosed underbelly protects trailer
components as well as increasing
aerodynamics (Ultra Lite models only)
Guessing some of that weight is due to the 'better' construction on the Ultra-lite series? That would be a plus, since I plan on keeping it outside for most of the year, for the next 5 years or so.
Option 1: 2304 - dealer is a well-know volume dealer, 10 hrs away though, has two new 2014 2304 (no-slide) models left, Came down $600 right away over the phone to $13500. I read on this forum that another member got his new 2014 2304, optioned-up, for $11K last fall! Makes me wonder if I could do the same...that 10 hr drive there and back adds about $1000 worth of trouble in my book.
Option 2: 2012 2304s - well-respected local dealer, the salesman is a nice older guy. Priced at $15k, which seems low compared to other used units I found nationally - says he Might be able to give it to me for $14k. $14K for a 3yr old model, does that seem about right? Not sure how to counter that offer.
I am figuring these units are depreciating at about $2-3k a year? Such a tough choice, I guess the one that offers the best value and is still around in a week or two will win in the end.