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Old 06-26-2012, 09:02 PM   #1
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When to trade up?

I know this is a vague question and there will be a million different answers and theories; but here goes. At what age is the optimum time to trade in a TT? We know the day is coming that we want to move from a TT to a 5'er. We take very good care of our trailer, it is well maintained, covered in winter months, still looks new and will as long as I have her. To get maximum value, is there a general age at which to make a move?


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Old 06-26-2012, 09:33 PM   #2
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You are correct about a million different answers. If you look at used trailers you may get some idea of how they price out for their age. The older they get the less they are worth. I would trade in the late winter or early spring as they can move them better in warm weather.

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Old 06-26-2012, 09:35 PM   #3
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From what we saw shopping around for ours, prices hold pretty firm for TT's until you hit the 8-10 year point. Unless they had some serious issues, the TT's were listed around 80-90% of what the new ones were. We went new just because of that. Not sure if they sell at those prices, but thats what we noticed for asking.
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Old 06-26-2012, 09:57 PM   #4
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For us we traded up when the camper no longer suited our needs with our 2 children. But I often think about when we will be at the point that we don't have to accomadate them. We started out in a 16ft 1967 Shasta that only had a porta potty. Used it 3-4 years then bought a 1993 Terry TT that was about 10 years old at the time and we used it 3-4 years also. Sold it but did not buy another for a couple of years due to hubby changing jobs and working weekends. When he was able to get weekends off we bought our Fiver with bunk beds as we were tired of setting up beds everynight in the Terry. At the time we bought the fiver it was a 2001 and it was 6 years old and we said that we would keep it for 5 years and then upgrade to a newer model. That brings us to the present with our brand new Flagstaff bunkhouse fiver on order. Again we have said that we will keep it for about 5-6 years and by that time our daughter will be graduating from high school and probably wont want to go with us and therefore we will be able to get a floorplan set up for 2. So I guess for us it has been a 5-6 plan for us as it has met our needs and finances. Which is another issue. We never take on more debt on top of debt. All of our campers are paid for when we sold them and that money is applied to the new one. Now I can also say that as for resale value we have sold them for just as much as what we have paid for the trailer, even a made a profit on a couple of them. Now with a brand new one I don't expect that to happen, but here's hoping for at least a good resale on it.
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