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Old 05-09-2012, 04:03 PM   #1
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Husband wants to purchase used 2008 25 ft. safari queen bed, very basic, very good condition, no bells or whistles, no wrap around windows cloth interior walls and ceiling.

Wife wants to purchase new 25 ft. rear twin bed, front and back wrap around windows, some desirable bells: bedroom LED TV/DVD, convection microwave, some nice but not necessary: 600 W inverter, solar charging system. Aluminum walls & ceiling. Would expect 18 1/2 off retail.

Based on our age we would probably sell this unit in five years (could be sooner or later depending on health).

Husband bases decision on price alone - says depreciation less on used, easier to sell.

Wife says used unit is not desirable for most purchasers, harder to sell.

Either unit will meet basic needs. Marriage not in jeopardy.
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Old 05-09-2012, 04:17 PM   #2
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I use a 1988 model 25' rear twin. Like the layout. Like the wrap around window (we only have it in front). New was not an option for me. If it is for you then I would do the new one. Yeah, it will cost a more and probably depreciate more, but if you can afford it why not get something you really like? Have know people who bought a new Airstream when they retired and were still going on caravans in it 30 years later. If you really need a good portion of the money back in 5 years you may be marginal for affording the new one.
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Old 05-09-2012, 04:19 PM   #3
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Husband wants to purchase used 2008 25 ft. safari queen bed, very basic, very good condition, no bells or whistles, no wrap around windows cloth interior walls and ceiling.

Wife wants to purchase new 25 ft. rear twin bed, front and back wrap around windows, some desirable bells: bedroom LED TV/DVD, convection microwave, some nice but not necessary: 600 W inverter, solar charging system. Aluminum walls & ceiling. Would expect 18 1/2 off retail.

Based on our age we would probably sell this unit in five years (could be sooner or later depending on health).

Husband bases decision on price alone - says depreciation less on used, easier to sell.

Wife says used unit is not desirable for most purchasers, harder to sell.

Either unit will meet basic needs. Marriage not in jeopardy.
If you've been married to the same person for a few years (my case it's been 47), there's no contest.

Are you going to wait until the 2013's come out, and what color interior are you going to get? ;-)
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Old 05-09-2012, 04:19 PM   #4
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Your going to live with it.I would get exactly what you want.
Trading up is more expensive!!

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Old 05-09-2012, 04:26 PM   #5
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Are you locked into 2008 or newer? If you are going to flip it in 5 years or so anyway, it might be worth while to consider an older unit that can be semi-customized to what your needs are and the difference in purchase/resale in 5 years will be less. Worth a look if you haven't considered it. I have seen some fantastic remodels/restorations.
I am biased of course.... my rig is 30 and still going strong!
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Old 05-09-2012, 04:30 PM   #6
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We had a 2007 20' Safari SE and had the exact same question. Choose the new 2012 rear bed Flying Cloud 25' with all the bells and whistles, including solar, inverter, micro, and full awnings. Just got back from six month trip to Southwest, you will love the 25'. Have not regretted it for a moment, and I was on your husband's side.

We priced used, you get what you pay for and the differential in price, new warranty, confidence in what your getting, made sense. The options make a huge difference in enjoyment of the trailer, and should be standard equipment on these trailers.

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Either trailer is an excellent choice.....just remember.

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Give in, it's more fun anyway.

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Old 05-09-2012, 05:40 PM   #8
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:11 PM   #9
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There is another option: a used one with all the bells and whistles. There is very little difference between the 08's and the new ones, and some (like LED lights) you can upgrade. With this option you can all the goodies you want, and save on depreciation, too.
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Old 05-09-2012, 07:38 PM   #10
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It is like buying a mobile house except a little more complex. Husband and wife make up a list of priorities without the other seeing. Then rank them and assign an ascending number to the most important. Now you can put the two list together and get a relative ranking on priorities. Spend some time looking at various trailers until you find one that meets the most of them. DIY or hire someone to upgrade the unit to meet the other priorities.
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:04 PM   #11
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It is like buying a mobile house except a little more complex. Husband and wife make up a list of priorities without the other seeing. Then rank them and assign an ascending number to the most important. Now you can put the two list together and get a relative ranking on priorities. Spend some time looking at various trailers until you find one that meets the most of them. DIY or hire someone to upgrade the unit to meet the other priorities.
Lol! Reminds me of "The Long Long Trailer"!
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:30 PM   #12
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There is another option: a used one with all the bells and whistles. There is very little difference between the 08's and the new ones, and some (like LED lights) you can upgrade. With this option you can all the goodies you want, and save on depreciation, too.
That's what I was going to say. We bought ours new, and have not regretted it really, but there is something to be said for used in terms of $$ saved...but why buy anything that is not what you want? You will be able to find a slightly used unit with the features you want rather than settling for a used unit that doesn't have the features you like...halogen and incandescent lights can be replaced with LEDs, televisions can be replaced with newer ones...etc etc... I'd not settle for a less expensive used unit unless it had the stuff I wanted on it. They are out there.
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:39 PM   #13
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They are both great choices. There are many older ones with exactly the features you are looking fir, so if you do decide not to buy new, consider continuing to look for exactly the bells and whistles you want. (ours is a 1989, and to me either of the ones you are considering sound "new). Either way, when you go to sell yours will be a used trailer whether you bout it new or not.
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:54 PM   #14
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We bought new. At my wife's insistence. Now I'm glad we did. Lots of monry but I like the warranty. I also like the interior aluminum instead of the mouse fur. It's true you will take a depreciation hit but if you're expecting it so be it. If everybody worried about first year depreciation we wouldn't see many new products. Someone has to lead the way.
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