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Old 02-09-2024, 11:36 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by jasin1 View Post
From earlier today Steve Lehto suggests buying used and getting a inspector ůmay be how i approach my next purchase.

Well, everybody has an opinion. I BUY USED and don't pay a bunch. I just spent over $1000 for a new refrigerator cooling unit and that is the first real money spent. Insurance company paid for my lifetime warranty roof. My camper is solidly made and the only failure items are the outside plastic stuff which have been mostly replaced for a couple bucks. My trim is falling off, my lines not leaking, my shower not leaking... really no problems. I have never had my camper sit at some CW dealer for months waiting for service. My opinion is that if you buy new, you are headed for trouble. Let someone else find/fix. We will need to disagree on this I guess. Just look at the revolving door of new owners coming to the site to complain about shoddy workmanship and super long service wait times.

I don't think we disagree on much other than "I" WANT to buy new and you don't. I have my reasons for doing what I do and you have yours for what you do. Doesn't make either one of us right or wrong - just personal preference. I know plenty of folks that wouldn't be caught dead buying a new anything and others that feel as I do. Each can point to the pros of their choices and they will be valid. It's no big deal.

The problem I had with the video was the over dramatization of the lawyer speaking and there were so many generalizations that just weren't accurate. I've seen him before talking about other subjects. Don't know how much he actually knows about the RV industry or RV ownership other than what he hears. His recommendation for buying used is, as I pointed out, an opinion....but not the only one. Using an inspector would definitely help a person new to RVing on both a new or used RV. But, unlike he insinuates and I tried to point out - just because it was pre-owned does not mean all the "bugs" were worked out and it will be clear sailing - it could be just the opposite as my example tried to show (and I've seen plenty of them).
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Old 02-10-2024, 11:58 AM   #22
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I think you have got a lot of good information so far. I have bought 2 trailer. Both under 25 ft. One new and one used. (both from dealer) In both cases, when I left with them I knew they were mine, If it was not right, too bad, it was mine. In both cases I had about 4 checks lists that I combined and spend over 4 hours going over every thing on the checks list (yes it takes that long). ( I no longer have the list.) Anything I was not willing to live with had to be fix before I sign anything and took it off the lot. Yes there are some good dealer but you never know how much they can help. When you have to sign away all your rights, that should tell you to be sure what you are dragging off the lot you will be able to live with and use.
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Old 02-11-2024, 07:58 AM   #23
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We bought a new 2021 Keystone Cougar 368MBI in January of 21. With the exception of a screw coming up thru the floor we have had virtually no issues with it in the last 3 years. Everything has worked like it is supposed to. Are there horror stories about new RVs out there? Absolutely. Just make sure that you do a thorough PDI and ask all of your questions. Get everything explained to you. And I guess there is a certain amount of luck involved in buying new...did you get a good unit or a crappy one? I do believe that we were one of the lucky ones...
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Old 02-11-2024, 09:24 AM   #24
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Considering there are roughly 300,000+ units built industry-wide in 2023 (more in prior years), the number of “issues” relative to the number of units built is pretty darn low. Odds are in your favor that a new unit will be okay.
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Old 02-11-2024, 09:57 AM   #25
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Still think this is a fishing expedition for an article being written. Notice not a word regarding what kind of fifth wheel hitch is recommended, only questioning the quality of the trailer builds!

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