We decided that getting a 25' around $18-$25k (in CDN funds) was the way to go. This means 1990s here. Below $15k buys older with more issues. Over this gets you newer, but not necessarily any better, plus I'm not willing to shell out more money initially. I figure a good used one could be sold at no loss if we didn't like Airstream life, or wanted smaller/bigger. Regardless of what price and year, we would have to upgrade the interior anyway to a tune of a couple thousand.
We bought privately, but were not knowledgeable enough to really sniff out water leakage. To repair water leaks and replace rotted subfloor is a diversion that is very time intensive, but under $500 in parts. We should get to the same end result, but at greater effort, which is semi-custom at 1/4 to 1/3 of new!
The key is getting one that has been well maintained by a fanatical owner at a price you are comfortably with. Patience is the greatest key. Don't rush into one!
I'm very interested in your experience of buying used and fixing it to your style and needs. I am having trouble locating one that fits my needs and wants and price point for a used trailer. I am scared to death to drop $90,000 on a new one and have corrosion issues. I would much prefer to fix an old one but finding the right old one is challenging.
Where did you buy yours from? Is it everything you wanted? How much do you think it may cost to fix up to your needs?
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