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New OR Used Travel Trailer? Which should you buy?

Posted in Tips for Buying Travel Trailer by Tinny on Friday, May 27th, 2016

Have you decided to purchase a travel trailer but don’t know where to start?  You probably have a million questions swirling around in your brain because there are so many things to consider.

  • Should you buy a new or used travel trailer?
  • Are you going to finance or pay with cash?
  • What are you willing to spend?
  • Should you get a 5th wheel or tongue pull travel trailer?
  • What brand of travel trailer is the best?
  • What floor plan is best for your needs?

If you are undecided you should start out by weight the pros and the cons of buying used vs. buying new.  Take your time when purchasing your travel trailer.  Do your research and avoid impulse buys.

PROS of Buying a Used Travel Trailer

  • More Bang for Your Buck.  If you decide to purchase a used travel trailer you will be getting more value for your dollar.  This is the way to go if you are on a budget or don’t want to be stuck with making payments for 10 years.  You could get a used 25′ with all the bells and whistles for less money than a NEW 20′ plain jane travel trailer.
  • Do Your Homework.  Visit travel trailer forums and listen what people have to say about particular manufactures and brand of trailers, this could save you a bunch of future headaches.  Keep in mind the majority of travel trailers that are purchased new rarely see any camping action, most are either put in storage or parked at peoples houses.  Its not uncommon to find a used travel trailer in showroom condition, even older travel trailers from the 70’s can be found in great condition.
  • Used travel trailers hold their value!  If you get a good deal on a used travel trailer and decide to sell it next year you have a great chance of getting all your money back.

CONS of Buying a Used Travel Trailer

  • Potential Problems.  Buying a used travel trailer is a bit of a gamble, there could be minor problems or major problems and if you are lucky – no problems with the trailer.  In most cases the warranty will have long expired, so expense will be out of pocket.  Do your homework right so problems won’t be a surprise.

PROS of Buying a New Travel Trailer

  • Nice & Clean.  It’s new, clean and all yours!
  • Warranty.  If there are problems, take the trailer back to your dealer and they’ll have to fix them for free!
  • Maintenance Free.  You don’t have to worry about buying new tires or a new battery for at least a year or so.

CONS of Buying a New Travel Trailer

  • Depreciation.  A new travel trailer depreciates the moment you pull out of the dealers lot.  If you financed the purchase with little or nothing down, you will be “upside down” owing more that the trailer is worth, for years!  If you decided to sell your travel trailer you will most likely owe more than what it’s worth.
  • The Price.  If you budget minded you probably don’t want to be stuck making monthly payments on a travel trailer you’ll only use at the best 8 months out of the year.  Do the math, and figure out how much each camping trip will actually cost you, just factoring the monthly payments.  Ouch!  If your payments are $350 a month x 12 months = $4,200.  $4,200 can buy a great used travel trailer and you won’t be stuck with payments!

Check out these great deals on travel trailers!

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Buying an Aistream Travel Trailer

Posted in Airstream by Tinny on Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Have you been looking at Airstream trailers or Airstream motor homes for a few years and are now ready to make the plunge and buy one of these recreational vehicles? New Airstream trailers for sale aren’t cheap so a great option is to buy a used Airstream trailer, especially if you are new to camping or RVs. Don’t burden yourself with monthly payments. If you are handy, with a little work and lots of patients you can find a vintage Airstream trailer for a fraction of the cost of a newer one.

One great thing about getting a vintage trailer is that you can find some great deals out there. There are many trailers in perfect working order. Many Airstream fanatics enjoy restoring these iconic trailers so you have a good chance of finding an old trailer in restored condition. There is a good chance the seller will have gone through the trailer and made improvements and updates.

If you are going to go look at new Airstream trailers for sale just for comparison, try not to get caught up in the excitement and shininess of a new travel trailer. The monthly payments you will have to make, typically for 10 years will make the shininess of the trailer not so appealing.

Purchasing one of these trailers whether new or used is a wonder way to tons of camping fun. Airstream has a wonderful reputation and the company has been around since the 1930’s, not many other travel trailer manufacturers can make the same claim. These trailers are build to last!

Did you know there are camping grounds which are devoted to Airstream lovers, there are also many Airstream clubs around the country. These trailers get lots of attention and parts are easy to find, especially if you look online at sites which sell used trailers or dealers websites.

When looking at used trailers be sure to take your time, don’t feel rushed into making a purchase of a trailer that needs more work than you are capable or have time to do. Interior and exterior damage and necessary repairs should be taken into consideration. Systems should be tested prior to buying. Does the water system work? Electric system work too? Floor model as well as the over all design should be considered. The trailer interior style can be easily changed so don’t let that phase you. There are always trailers coming up for sale, so even if you miss what may seem like a good deal, there are always more great deals around the corner. One of my favorite place to look for vintage trailers is eBay, here you will find a huge selection of Airstream trailers in various conditions from all across the country. If you get lucky you may just find a real gem at a great price. Purchase online from ebay you should take some precautions. May sure you buy from a reputable seller. The seller should have feedback as a buyer and a seller. Do not ever wire any money to a seller and be sure to ask lots of questions prior to bidding.

Another great thing about buying a used Airstream trailer or camper, as they are called is you won’t feel badly when something happens to it. Stains, dings, etc, happen no matter what your RV experience level. If you have kids then these sort of things tend to happen more often. Buying a used travel trailer is a great way to get into trailer camping and seeing if its right for you and your family without spending a lot of money. Have fun camping!

Airstream Travel Trailers

Posted in Uncategorized by Tinny on Saturday, May 21st, 2016

I admit it there’s something about Airstream trailers that I just love.  Every time I see one, I want to go over and look at it and ask if I can have a tour.  I have to control myself or risk looking like an idiot.  The older the Airstream the more intrigued I am.

Homemade 5th Wheel Trailer | Check This Out!

Posted in Uncategorized, Video by Tinny on Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

Building a Homemade Travel Trailer

Have you ever thought about making your own travel trailer?  Yeah, neither have I.  This guy is different though, he had a dream and he built himself a homemade travel trailer.  It’s amazing how professional looking this homemade trailer turned out.  It took $9,300 and seven months to complete!  Simply amazing!

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Do you want to build your want to build your own homemade travel trailer? Here’s a few books on building a homemade travel trailer. Hopefully these books will inspire you to build your dream trailer.

Homemade Travel Trailer Inspirational Books

 

Homemade Travel Trailer

 

Home Made Travel Trailer

 

 

 

 

  If you want even more inspiration for building your very own homemade travel trailer be sure to check out eBay.com
 

Home Made Travel Trailer 2

 

Homemade travel trailer from Volkswagen Bus or Van

 

 

 

 

 

Convert Bus to Homemade Motor Home

 

Travel Trailer Camping – 3 Great Tips

Posted in Camping Tips by Tinny on Sunday, May 15th, 2016

Here’s three great tips for traveling with a travel trailer.

  1. Keep a notebook full of your travels.  I recommend keeping the maps the campgrounds hand out and making note of the campsites numbers that are your favorite and that work best for your travel trailer.   Cross out the campsites that aren’t acceptable or where your trailer won’t fit.  This will help you select the best site next time you make a reservation.
  2. Get a good campground guide and use it.  There are campground guides available by state and regions.  These guides rate campgrounds and tell you what amenities are available.  This will save you from making a lot of phone calls to different campgrounds.
  3. Get an outdoor patio mat.  If you have kids, pets or even if it’s just the two of you, having an outdoor mat outside of your travel trailer will help stop sand, dirt, grass, pine needles, etc, from being tracked into your trailer.  Get a nice big mat so you won’t have to remind everyone to wipe their feet before coming in the trailer.

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