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Old 02-24-2013, 03:51 PM   #11
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Old 02-24-2013, 07:18 PM   #12
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cars I know...TT I have no idea how long they last or the best time to trade in.

On cars my cost is about $2k a year, might be 2800 on the new truck. That cost is purchase less resale I got plus any major repairs. Be that a car we bought new and ran 130k or the expy we got used and barely put 4k miles on it. New costs more cause you eat the depreciation more than if you bought a 2-3 year old one, but that's skewed now as 09-11 model years are rare so their value is higher than it 'should' be.

We were told if we trade in our camper in less than 5 years we'd do better, else we should keep it till it dies. Our needs haven't changed so there's little reason to replace it. My plan was to keep it about 10 years - so it will have little value I"m sure by then. Buy for $15k and sell for what, 4k? 1100 a year to own it.

One thought is to do a bus conversion and use the systems on our TT for that.
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Old 02-24-2013, 07:22 PM   #13
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I hoping mine will last until it gets paid off. Another 43 years.
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Old 02-24-2013, 07:40 PM   #14
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My wife and I just bought a new unit-Mid Life Crisis with many new and great features and we just became empty nesters

Last unit was 1994 Mallard 29s-low end, no slides and it was great..all original and eveything still works -Great memeories with kids and great timess whale watching, everglades, disney world, soccer tourneys, shenedoah and camping with friends. Changed tires, battery and caulked/sealed roof. Fixed lights a few times and that was about it. We gave it to friends so they could enjoy.

Bought a Lacrosse 327 and love it...many upgrades, features, and just got it on 2/22/2013.

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Old 02-25-2013, 09:45 AM   #15
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All are different maintenance, upkeep & usage are the key............ I see nice 50s & 60s & 70s trailers.......... & I have seen trashed 2000s trailers...............
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Old 02-25-2013, 10:13 AM   #16
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As long as you take care of it then it will take care of you. Like others have said regular and preventative maintainance are a must.
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Old 02-25-2013, 10:47 AM   #17
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I have a new 2012 trailer but I still have my 1978 Prowler. For the most part it was always stored in a garage. I had a water leak behind a brake light that caused some havoc in the shower walls which have been replaced. Everything, and I mean everything still works. Maintenance and how it is stored is key.
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Old 02-25-2013, 11:41 AM   #18
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All are different maintenance, upkeep & usage are the key............ I see nice 50s & 60s & 70s trailers.......... & I have seen trashed 2000s trailers...............

I agree. Take care of the unit and it will last. We tow a 13 year old Honda and everything still works.

I am sitting in a park not far from a 1986 Winnebago. Looks a bit shabby but still working...

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Old 02-25-2013, 12:18 PM   #19
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I had my first 5th wheel for 18 years. Had to do a little repair during that time. Just keep up on checking for leaks. Probably the worst thing that can damage them.
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Old 02-25-2013, 12:23 PM   #20
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10 to 20 years for the best of it I think

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How long do you expect it to last?


Do more expensive units last longer than cheaper ones?

How long do you expect it to last?
I would expect 10 good years
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the following 10 to be fair years


Do more expensive units last longer than cheaper ones?
I think so
we had a 22 year old Super Chief
most all of the original parts still worked good
on our 09 Mini-Light
kitchen and bath faucets already replaced
cheap plastic handles broke
plus one leak also repaired by me
broken hose next to a fitting

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