Originally Posted by pearlbalt
We have a 2004 Ford Expedition with a towing package and are looking at a new 2014 surveyor SC201RBS at 15,600, and a used 2013 Rockwood Mini lite 2109S for which they are asking 14,900. One more choice is a more stripped down 2015 Wildwood s lite FS195BH for 11000. Although I like the Mini, my feeling is it would be far better to buy the Surveyor or the Wildwood with a warranty. Both are good for two people who are just buying to try out the RV experience and then hopefully, buy up. We were just hoping for something less expensive in the used market, but I'm beginning to wonder if used would really be much more of a bargain than new, especially if we have to get into repairs or extended warranties. Your input would be appreciated.
I think if I bought used, I'd definitely buy an extended warranty. Lots of opinions, but there's mine.
Just remember, no matter how new the used unit is- there is no factory warranty that comes with it for the unit nor for any of the components (appliances, toilets, etc.).
New units all have problems. Most are little, but some are big.
Used units likely have problems. It's a toss up as to how well it was maintained- you can only inspect so much.
That said, here's my thoughts on the 3 models that you laid out based on looking at the floorplans for the current model year floorplan picture from a Google search:
1) Surveyor SC201RBS - it looks like this one has a nice bit of storage in the bathroom. It looks like it has "overhead" (OHD) cabinets above the sofa and sink/stove. Counter top space seems fairly non-existent. I wonder if a flip-up counter top can be added to 1/2 of the front of the sink. I don't like that the TV is beside of the couch- it makes it awkward to try and watch (I have this in my camper). I like the tub size. I'd also want to see the camper with the slide in/closed to make sure you can get to the fridge and toilet while traveling.
2) Rockwood Mini lite 2109S - You definitely have less bathroom storage space, but you do get the pantry right outside of it. I'm a big boy and don't like corner showers- I can't bend down easily to take care of business. But, you can definitely get to the fridge and toilet while you're on the road; it also seems like getting to the bed isn't a problem. It looks like you have some counterspace beside of the stove. I like that the couch faces the TV (which is probably on a swivel arm so you can watch TV from bed or from the couch). Looks like you have cabinets over the sofa and the stove/sink. I like the pass through storage and exterior accessible storage. Definitely opt for the rear ladder (I'm a little saddened that is an "option").
3) Wildwood s lite FS195BH - the first thing that jumps out at me is the person sleeping on the forward side of the bed is going to have to climb over the other person or climb out the bottom. In my pop-up, we did this and I came to hate it. Inevitably, I'd get the urge to pee but didn't want to wake up my wife. I think you also mentioned that it is just you and your spouse- the bunks will likely be wasted space if that's the case. This unit doesn't seem to have a sofa for lounging and dinettes get uncomfortable after a while if you're stuck inside for a stretch of time. Finally, I'm not sure how I'd feel about the lack of a bathroom sink- seems weird to brush my teeth and shave in the kitchen sink (is there a mirror?). Looks like there is decent places for cabinets, but I do wonder where your hanging clothes would go with them all being overhead cabinets. It looks like the under the bed storage is accessible from outside, so that's convenient.
Personally, I like the Rockwood of these 3 but floorplans are ENTIRELY personal. What I like may be what you dislike or is a non-issue for you.
I really recommend bundling up and going to a RV lot for a few hours. Spend a good hour in each and play pretend that you two are camping. Make sure you pretend to cook, potty (#1 and #2), shower, watch TV, all that jazz. Think about where you'll store things.