Originally Posted by Jammer
I'm currently of the opinion that the 3-8 year old Airstreams are the best deal financially as they are nearly identical in construction to the current production units and at the present time are being sold for far less than new. That's the way the market is now, at least, and I expect that it will change in a few years..
I agree with Jammer. We're considering upgrading from our Argosy to a 23' Safari SE - tandem axles, another foot in width, more general "niceness." Those trailers are going for $25k-$33k asking price. Seems good compared to $60k new (haggled to $50k) for a 23' Flying Cloud.
I think part of this is that the MSRP has gone up steadily in the last five years. That 23' Safari SE was $48k in 2006 and is now $61k for a 2012 Flying Cloud. There are detail upgrades - but $13k worth?! I'd rather pay $30k for a used one and do $6k of upgrades (instant hot water, Marmoleum, ultraleather, disc brakes) - of course, assuming the used trailer doesn't have floor rot...
The other big part of this equation is that I LIKE modern trailers, especially the front panoramic. We own the Argosy because it's a rather modern vintage trailer. Sadly, we couldn't fully restore a vintage Argosy (or an early 70s Caravanner - love all those windows!) for the cost of a 5-6 year old trailer with select upgrades.
Other people have different tastes, and I'm happy for the diversity.