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GarrAarghHrumph
01-15-2011, 03:05 AM
My husband's family has a little vacation place on a big lake in NH (read that as a trailer in a trailer park :lol: ) The trailer is about 100 million years old, and we need a new one. It has to be a five-wheel style - it has to be able to be towed onto the site, and then the truck leaves the trailer behind. Anyone have any experience with buying such things and can advise?

I want it to be a two-bedroom, and I'm thinking of buying it used, probably, to save money - but "new used", not "old and ratty used". I'd like an idea for what's good and bad re: brands, etc. Suggestions of all types are appreciated!

skatemommy
01-15-2011, 03:43 AM
You will save a TON of money buying used. Don't even think about new. Do you have a Craig's list type thing in your area?

barbk
01-15-2011, 03:54 AM
There's a place twenty miles from us with literally acres and acres of used recreational vehicles, including 5th wheels (which is what I think you're looking for) -- I'm not in the market but I have heard that they're really selling at deep discounts due to the economy. Maybe you can find a place like that within a few hours of where you live?

No idea on what counts as a better brand/model.

smurfy
01-15-2011, 03:55 PM
Definitely go for new Used. I had to sell a new Used one 3.5 years ago, back when gas was getting high and could barely give it away. I had it consigned to a RV place and the guy was very honest that the gas price was a major factor. Gas prices are expected to go up this year, so your timing could be lucky.

Really
01-15-2011, 04:36 PM
I'm going to ramble and babble a bit here, and hope I make some sense for you...

When you're looking to buy, you'll need to be aware of the weight of the 5th-wheel and what your truck can handle. Unless you get a very small trailer, hauling it with anything less than than a 3/4 ton is sheer lunacy -- a 1 ton would be best. Going up hills and braking are the main reasons for having 'enough' truck.

Forest River, Fleetwood, Jayco -- those are all decent names in RV's, but like anything else, they have different scales of quality in their RV's. Check out the solidness of cabinetry, look for where there might have been leaks, check out the awning(s), the mattress(es). What's the waste and potable water capacity? Is the furnace (and AC) in good working order? How much storage is there (both inside and outside the RV)? Check the slides.

Getting 2 bedrooms in any RV can be difficult to find, but there are some models out there. Usually they'll have the 'master' bedroom above the hitch, and then another room at the back end with bunks. If you get a model with a booth dining area rather than a table and chairs, that will also make another bed, and often, in newer models, there is a couch that will fold out into a bed as well.

Believe it or not, eBay is not a bad place to look for RV's. We found our motorhome on eBay and drove from central Alberta to Portland, OR to get it. We saved about $20,000 over what we would have paid for the same model up here at the time.

Here's a site that may help a bit -- http://www.rvguide.com

Good luck, and enjoy!

Aceon6
01-15-2011, 04:57 PM
Have you thought about picking it up on the way to NH? If you can fit your stuff into the truck, you could buy/rent as part of the trip and have the dealer close by in case of problems. You'd likely get a huge discount for same day cash purchase.

Some possibilities, depending on your route.
Flagg RV in West Boylston, MA website (http://www.flaggrv.com/)
Campers Inn in Kingston, NH website (http://www.campersinn.com/Kingston/used-rvs-for-sale.aspx)
Dufours in Fitchburg, MA website (http://www.dufoursrv.com/)

Stormy
01-16-2011, 01:51 AM
Have you thought about picking it up on the way to NH? If you can fit your stuff into the truck, you could buy/rent as part of the trip and have the dealer close by in case of problems. You'd likely get a huge discount for same day cash purchase.

Some possibilities, depending on your route.
Flagg RV in West Boylston, MA website (http://www.flaggrv.com/)
Campers Inn in Kingston, NH website (http://www.campersinn.com/Kingston/used-rvs-for-sale.aspx)
Dufours in Fitchburg, MA website (http://www.dufoursrv.com/)

I've seen both Flagg and Dufours and IIRC Flagg has a bigger selection.

PeterG
01-16-2011, 02:23 AM
I'm going to buy an RV when I win the lottery... :shuffle:

GarrAarghHrumph
01-16-2011, 03:11 AM
Have you thought about picking it up on the way to NH? If you can fit your stuff into the truck, you could buy/rent as part of the trip and have the dealer close by in case of problems. You'd likely get a huge discount for same day cash purchase.

Some possibilities, depending on your route.
Flagg RV in West Boylston, MA website (http://www.flaggrv.com/)
Campers Inn in Kingston, NH website (http://www.campersinn.com/Kingston/used-rvs-for-sale.aspx)
Dufours in Fitchburg, MA website (http://www.dufoursrv.com/)

I was thinking we'd get the RV in or near NH. That makes more sense to me than buying it down here and bringing it up.

I actually think we normally drive through Fitchburg on the way to my husband's brother's house. I'm not sure where W. Boylston is, though - I'll ask him.

GarrAarghHrumph
01-16-2011, 03:13 AM
There's a place twenty miles from us with literally acres and acres of used recreational vehicles, including 5th wheels (which is what I think you're looking for)...

I now know a 5th wheel is what we're looking for.

Part of this is simply learning what terminology to use!

Aceon6
01-16-2011, 04:21 PM
I was thinking we'd get the RV in or near NH. That makes more sense to me than buying it down here and bringing it up.

I actually think we normally drive through Fitchburg on the way to my husband's brother's house. I'm not sure where W. Boylston is, though - I'll ask him.

West Boylston is about 20 miles south of Fitchburg. If you're coming in 84/Pike and using 190 or 290, you pass it.

I just thought to let you know that MA doesn't issue temporary plates, but NH will. If you buy in MA, you'll probably need the plate from your old one and an insurance binder from your agent. Your agent might also be able to help figure out taxes and fees.

Stormy
01-16-2011, 09:14 PM
I was thinking we'd get the RV in or near NH. That makes more sense to me than buying it down here and bringing it up.

I actually think we normally drive through Fitchburg on the way to my husband's brother's house. I'm not sure where W. Boylston is, though - I'll ask him.

West Boylston is right next to Worcester, off of Route 190. I've spent much time in West Boylston. :)

GarrAarghHrumph
01-17-2011, 03:03 PM
We go up 190 to get to my brother-in-law's house, so that one works as well.

GarrAarghHrumph
01-23-2011, 02:26 AM
I've also just learned about park models and tow trailers, both of which look like they may work.

MacMadame
01-24-2011, 01:44 AM
Mr. Mac and I are looking at RVs too. We want to buy used but we need financing. Does that mean we have to gonthrough a dealer? We want a Class C Motorhome.