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Kayteg1

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Posted: 06/04/18 06:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Talking about buying on impulse?
But how much off MSRP the 9-days used cost?





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Posted: 06/04/18 06:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I estimate buyer lost about $1k/day.

I didn't ask the price of the camper; too big for me.


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Sounds like something I've done....I had a new Subaru Outback in 2016. I kept it 5 weeks and sold it. I put just over 900 miles on it.
There was nothing wrong with it, I just decided I wasn't ready for car payments again.


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Posted: 06/05/18 08:06am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

RV sakesmen like to gloss over the hauling and towing part. I put a truck camper on a one ton truck and it felt like going to sea in the wind. It leaned on turns. I never added air bags and sold it after a couple of years.

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Posted: 06/05/18 08:19am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

valhalla360 wrote:

Not nearly as bad as the 1 yr old $500k Class A MH you see for sale.

The minute they drive off the lot, they lost more than this guy paid for both the truck and camper.


I would bet that a significant number of cases like that involve a motorhome owner who is relieved to be free of a lemon, no matter how much of a financial beating they are taking. I have met several owners of new, high end fifth wheels and motorhomes who were, or had been, wasting months of their lives at dealers and factory service centers, while attempts are made to repair, replace and rebuild major issues on their RVs. After a year of that, it's not unheard of to dump the thing at a giant loss, and even give up on the RV scene entirely.

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Posted: 06/05/18 08:24am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

deltabravo wrote:

Sounds like something I've done....I had a new Subaru Outback in 2016. I kept it 5 weeks and sold it. I put just over 900 miles on it.
There was nothing wrong with it, I just decided I wasn't ready for car payments again.


Hard to argue with no payments. [emoticon]

Back when I was young, poor and didn't mind being up to my ears in hock, I bought a brand new 1974 Yamaha 360 Enduro motorcycle. I was happy with it for about 2 months until my buddy shows up with a new Bultaco 350 Alpina. It was about 100 lbs lighter than my Yamaha and would climb just about anything you cared to put in front of it. I think I lost about 50% of what I paid for the Yamaha when I traded it in after only 2-3 months.

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I kicked the tires on a used Artic Fox 1150 camper at a dealership. Was ready to pull the trigger but I wanted to load it on my 99 F350 Dually to see how it drove. They wouldn't go for it (not sure I would blame them) and so I walked out. Bought my Bigfoot camper a few weeks later and have been happy ever since.

Frankly I don't think I would want to be a camper dealer. The vast majority of people that might walk on the lot don't have the type of truck necessary to haul today's huge campers without at least a few modifications. You would always be running the risk of an unhappy customer who demanded they purchase something their truck was incapable of hauling and then two weeks later come back with buyer's remorse and expecting the dealer make them happy.

On the flip side, I do wonder why modern campers are so heavy to begin with. Sure, there are lots of little pieces that all add up but with today's advances in materials and 3d printing, one would think campers would be getting lighter compared to models from a decade or two ago. Even my fiberglass Bigfoot really doesn't have much of a weight advantage that I would have expected out of it.


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Posted: 06/05/18 09:25am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would put more money on the wife not liking the lack of space than not enough truck, but what if it was because they didn't have enough truck?

Wouldn't that lend credence to the so-called "weight police" and what I've been trying to say for years? You don't know how you're going to like a rig until you drive off the lot, and by then it's too late to change your mind. To trade it back in, you lose thousands, and very few of us can afford that.


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Posted: 06/05/18 09:34am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My basement is bigger than the cabovers of some of the older campers, the camper has more amenities than my home and I have stayed in smaller hotel rooms. I knew the weight I was going to carry was going to be significant which is why I bought my chassis cab. There was no way I was going to replace my existing truck for a truck that was borderline or overweight for its intended purpose.

When I bought my F250, I planned on towing a bumper toy hauler that might have up to a 2000 lb tongue weight. I was not considering buying a truck camper or fifth wheel, so I configured the the truck for maximum payload and towing in its class knowing I had reserve if I wanted a bigger toy hauler. At the time, I was constrained to a 20' length SRW truck due to parking which also factored in to my choice. Upgrading from the toy hauler, I knew I was going to be using the truck at its limits and researched the truck from top to bottom to find out what my real limits were and what was causing those limits - I don't think many people do this prior to their purchase which causes the remorse. The previous camper was heavier than published and I was closer to my limits, so it did require $3k in upgraded components to give me sufficient capacity reserve. I never regretted my purchase and was happy with the result because I was prepared for these changes.

It's easy with hindsight to know where you should made different decisions and much harder to have foresight on where you have not yet been. I try to prepare for I know and be flexible enough to change course when those prior preparations are not enough.


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Ah! The joy of owning a 1 ton dully! Options! Options! Options! And none will be wrong! [emoticon]


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