News, Information & Advice for RVers
From a little ( 5′), old (86), lady (she was).
When scaling down from my fifth wheel, much research re quality led me to order and buy my Class C from Lazy Daze, a relatively unknown manufacturer in California. Couldn’t be happier after more than three years of full-time use and no problems.
Don’t think I would ever buy one new and take all the depreciation plus all the headaches of getting broken stuff fixed. Better to let the 1st owner do all that.
Since we almost never get rid of anything (ahem), after 16 years with our first trailer that we bought new, we returned to the same manufacturer and bought our current (2012) trailer. I suspect this may be our last trailer (I’m 71). Oh, and the manufacturer is Northwood Mfg. We have an Arctic Fox travel trailer.
I have purchased several RV’s over the years. Some from dealers, new and used. As with all purchases, some were good and some not so good. RV dealers are out to sell RV’s, and service is not one of their good points.
Bought a new (2014) NEO 7’x16’x7′ v-nose cargo trailer and converted it into a travel trailer. Did this to accommodate my wife’s power wheelchair. Been travelling ever since.
I have always bought my coaches from private parties beginning with my first a Greyhound senicruiser almost 50 years ago. I have always bought top of the line equipment including G.M., Flexible, Prevost, Beaver, Newel, and Monaco (sig). I have never paid a dealer mark up, and my next and last coach will be the same. I have no regrets.
We have purchased 3 RVs in our RVing carrer. The first used from a private party. The second off the lot from a dealer going out of business. It was the exact model of a used one we had been looking at. Paid less for the new one, than the private party wanted for his used one. The third was a factory order (configured to our needs & wants), through a dealer
Purchased new 15 yrs ago from Newmar to our specifications thru dealer. After 175K miles put in a new engine last year & this year had it painted & upgraded at factory. We are 67 & 73. Couldn’t see buying new not only because of our ages, but diesel pushers are too big & gaudy & expensive. Plus, seems lots of quality issues with todays RV’s. We love our Dutchstar.
In 2009 we bought a rough 1965 airstream from an individual. We completely renovated her and we now are full timing in her. She is usually the talk of the campgrounds as other campers come up to us to see how we remodeled her, including the 250 hours to get her so shiny. We thoroughly enjoy this camper.
My wife and I started full-time in Dec 2016. We had planned buying used. However, when we were shopping, we were unable to find a 1 to 4 year old Arctic Fox 27-5L anywhere near us. In fact, there were very few anywhere in the country. Therefore we bought new.
I think this says a lot about the manufacturer.
This is our first RV (Airstream Interstate Grand Tour) and we bought it new from a dealer. This has turned out to be a mixed blessing. We justified buying new because we take care of our things and keep them a long time (both our cars are over 15 years old) but have found that service issues have put a damper on its use.
We bought new as we fell in love with the interior. Unlike most rv’s our’s is white interior. Everywhere except the floor The walls are of course white with some gray marbleing but the ceiling and all cabinets are white. Very unusual. We like an airy feeling and bright, unlike most with all the dark paneling
Our first motorhome was a new leftover model from the year prior. We kept it two years only because it was gas engine and we decided we wanted a diesel. Our 2nd one was bought from same dealer ordering from factory to our preferences. In another year or two we are thinking we will trade this one in and purchase another diesel (another Class A or maybe a Super C) but a used unit, hopefully no older than 2016. Heading to FMCA convention next month (oops, make that in a few weeks) to check out what’s out there.
I bought my 2005 VW Rialta in 2006 from a lady who had put only 5,000 miles on her. I have put over 65,000 more miles and she drives like new! She’ll be part of my estate when I finally hang up my keys!
Bought a used 2014 Grand Design momentum from a dealer. Blew a new tire on the way to have it delivered. Missing vent tube cap for black tank. Shower drain leaking. Kantleak water valve leaking. Striker plate on door replaced upside down so door would not lock. Awning was repaired but wires were cut causing it to short out. All these things were found when it was set up the first time. All these things were SUPPOSED to be fixed after walk through. Terrible service department.
In January 2014 we bought a used 2008 Tiffin Phaeton 36′ with 4 slides from a dealer. He had 50,000 miles on him (I call him “Bad Boy”) and we had been looking for this model for about a year. He was like new inside and repairs/upgrades were all documented from previous 2 owners. I love him and would never buy new.
Bought our Dutchstar new from a dealer. ordered to our wants and needs. coach will be 18 years old labor day weekend. We have 135,000 miles on this coach and plan on using for a few more years
Bought our Rockwood travel trailer new in 2007 after a bad experience with a used trailer. It’s been a great one and we’ve taken loving care of it. Best decision we could have made.
We upgraded to a new 2004 Flagstaff 176LTD when we awoke one night while tent camping with our air mattress floating in two feet of water from a surprise rain storm. We upgraded to a new 2007 Gulf Stream AmeriLite21MB trailer after nearly freezing one night when the popup furnace could not keep us warm when an unexpected snow storm dropped the temperature to 0 . We stay comfy in the AmeriLite with the AC or an electric heater.
Lazy Daze RVs have an extremely active website for owners and fans. I bought a well maintained used rig that was posted on the owners forum and have had no issues at all with it. Very happy with my purchase.
I bought my motorhome from a dealer but it was a consignment I made an offer and they took it and it was a very good value hurricane 34n 2005 model and it has everything you need
We just bought our first RV. I did not want to spend more than $25,000 so I had been looking at 2003 to 2006 class C’s. My wife’s only request was that she wanted a full bedroom in the rear. The end of May We got a call from my brother in law that a motor home in his retirement community just sprouted a for sale sign. He obtained the information and called us. We rushed on down. We are now the proud owners of a 2014 Itasca Sunstar IFE26HE with 8200 miles for $30,000. An older couple bought it used it on two trips two Florida and found that it did not suit them any more. It is the perfect size for two people and my wife has a full bedroom in a 27 foot class A.
We bought ours new but it was three years old. My wife has allergies and cannot take the smell of a new camper so we looked for used. We found this new camper that the dealer had on his lot for three years. The new smell was gone and he really wanted to move this unit so we got a great deal with all the original warranties. We have had the unit for eight years now with only the normal problems and it has been across the country and back twice along with several other trips so I guess we made a good deal.
Bought mine used from a dealer ….I had to learn a hard lesson buying “as is” assuming they had disclosed all issues which they did not $2000 later I finally have a nice little camper 🙂 Jack and I have had a number of great trips in our second year together!
I’m feeling like $2,000 might be nothing compared to the depreciation of buying new… just glad the bugs got worked out and most importantly of all, that you are using it – that is the only way to make this pay.
Bought mine used from Cruise Canada. It’s a 25 foot Tioga. Built in 1999 on a ford chassis. Bought in 2003 by Me. It now has almost 200,000 KM. on it and I think it’s good for 200,000 more. It’s been coast to coast in the USA and from Newfoundland to Manitoba since I’ve had it. I will never buy another RV. this one will outlast me. I’ll just keep traveling until they take away my licence to drive. Then I’ll give it to my son and hope he takes me along sometimes. We tow an enclosed trailer with a Motorcycle sidecar rig in it for a toad. Keep an eye out for me. You may see us at a motorcycle race or rally or in a beautiful Provincial Park. If you add the age of my wife, Me. the motorhome and the bike you get 216 years, and We are all in pretty good shape, including the old motorhome.
I bought used from a consignment lot, specifically PPL. So I selected “other”. I suppose you could say I bought from a private owner. However since I didn’t have any contact with the owner, that really doesn’t fit. Additionally, PPL really doesn’t qualify as a “dealer” IMO.
We bought ours from a dealer, but it was that year’s model with 500 miles on it. The Coach was. Returned after one trip for a bigger one with more slides
Our first 2 RVs, an ’05 Montana and an ’09 Mobile Suites were purchased new. NEVER AGAIN. The shoddy work and total lack of customer service ￼ was far too stressful. We expected and got shoddy construction on our next USED TRAVEL SUPREME motorhome. The difference being that we didn’t expect any customer service, and saved enough to be happy doing or paying for the repairs ourselves.
We have purchased 4 new from dealers and 4 used, 2 from dealers and 2 private parties. Never will buy new again, much better luck with used.
YOU’RE ABSOLUTELY CORRECT!!
We have purchased, used, excellent experience, just take your time, you’ll save tens of thousands (even 100’s of thousands) dollars that can be used towards life’s experiences while enjoying RV travel, remember you lose 30% the minute you drive your “new”(already used now) RV off the lot, and if you were silly enough to finance that 30% @ a 15 year interest rate, you, yourself, be the judge on the amount of stupidity that is, and your neighbor parked next to you could care less if you bought new or used…………………………..
“Silly enough” and “stupidity”? Pretty insulting to lots of folks who don’t buy stuff your way.
We purchased our second new Tiffin, now a Phaeton, and are very pleased with both. We watched the entire build process at Red Bay and found very few things that needed attention. Our Phaeton is now one year old and we are glad to have new rather than used. We feel that we know what we paid for rather than a used unit that may have had unknown issues.
Went from tents to a pop up viking to a bigger pop up forest river then a year ago realized the family was shrinking and pop ups were not fun any more. Great for families starting out but not with my mother in her 80’s and I going we need something stable. Ended up with a 20 by 8 Jayco trailer and got a jeep to tow O wow. 7th heaven.
“Other”, and almost too weird to be true, but it is: During the financial meltdown of 2009 we bought a brand new Bigfoot Camper from a bank which had repossessed it as collateral from a failed RV dealership. We bought for pennies on the dollar, but worried because Bigfoot had closed doors as well. We had zero issues, Bigfoot got back on their feet, and after 200 days of actual use over a few years we sold that fantastic camper for more than we paid for it.
We purchased our new Winnebago from the largest dealer in California. We bought it on Tuesday and the dealer went out of business on Wednesday…gone, closed 5 locations after being sued by the lender….yikes.
USED! I have an SUV to tow, so I needed something light.. Buying a used,light weight trailer is hard to find. Plus, I really wanted something new. But, then I lucked out and found a 3300 lb trailer for $5000. It’s older, but its in immaculate shape and only had 2 owners who babied it. I am really glad I am not stuck with a payment and I love my trailer.
Over the past couple of years we had been toying with the idea of getting another travel trailer. Then a year ago we bought an 01 CrossRoads 1032FKS All American from the original owners. They made us a “deal we couldn’t refuse”. Like others, they babied this trailer. However, ours came with a Hensley Arrow hitch, McKesh mirrors, Honda E2000i generator, blankets, towels, foam mattress pad, 4-chair & table dinette, loveseat sleeper, for half of what another one (an actual twin) was going for on-line. We had to make some upgrades to our truck, but we really enjoy this ‘bungalow’. It was featured as one of the Rvtravel.com Reader’s Rigs in October 2016.
Hi, Wayne and Debi — Glad to hear you’re still enjoying your “bungalow” aka “cabin.” 😀 —Diane at RVtravel.com
My father was an RV dealer, and I trotted thru many manufacturing plants when I was young. Most of those companies now exist only in name as the industry has changed. I’ve always bought 1-3 years old. Most new units today spend the first year (or more) trying to work out bugs, completing the build process, and recalls. Its a shame, there is quality in Some units, just No quality controls in any! So if you plan on purchasing new, better have patience. RV Dealers do not enjoy the perks or requirements afforded auto dealers and have little motivation to please you after the sale. Patience!