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Author Topic: Used Travel Trailer Buying Guide  (Read 291 times)

MikeNNRV

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Used Travel Trailer Buying Guide
« on: July 31, 2017, 09:21:13 PM »
We have completed our first 2 trips in a repaired and cheap pop up with greater success than expected.  We have already decide we want a travel trailer.  I have not had success finding a buyer's guide for used towables.
Any suggestions?
Virginia is for Lovers
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2014 Honda Pilot EX-L
former: 2001 Coleman Sedona pop up

Arch Hoagland

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Re: Used Travel Trailer Buying Guide
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2017, 10:27:28 PM »
I can suggest a trailer. Any Northwood product is good.  Nash and Arctic Fox.

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OutdoorFT

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Re: Used Travel Trailer Buying Guide
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2017, 11:21:06 PM »
check out the library link near the top of the page. Lots of good info about inspecting RVs before purchase and other buying related info
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Gary RV_Wizard

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Re: Used Travel Trailer Buying Guide
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2017, 09:50:49 AM »
There is no good "buying guide", but lots of suggestions about how to evaluate the conditions of a used RV. Start with the buyer checklists in the RVForum Library (see Library button on menu bar near top of page).

There are two key aspects to buying any RV:
1. Figure out what size & layout best suits your needs
2. Find one in the best possible condition commensurate with your budget

And since its a trailer, add to this "and verify that the gross trailer weight is within the capability of your tow vehicle".
Gary
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MikeNNRV

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Re: Used Travel Trailer Buying Guide
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2017, 07:51:40 PM »
Thank you, all.
I was and am following this advice, but was hoping for a shortcut; similar to the Consumer Reports Used Car Buying Guide.  Oh well, we press on with the information available.
Virginia is for Lovers
current: 2006 Cherokee 25DD
2014 Honda Pilot EX-L
former: 2001 Coleman Sedona pop up

Lou Schneider

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Re: Used Travel Trailer Buying Guide
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2017, 07:56:22 PM »
The only thing that even comes close is the RV Consumer Group and their annual RV Ratings Guide.

www.rv.org


Gary RV_Wizard

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Re: Used Travel Trailer Buying Guide
« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2017, 10:43:50 AM »
I didn't mention rv.org because they don't actually test RVs, nor do they compile statistical data such as repair frequency.  The guide basically lists brochure specs and gives some subjective opinion based on rv.org criteria for those specs.
Gary
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