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The cost of campers these days --wow!

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We were watching a show about campers - all types from pop up tent campers to gorgeous class A motorhomes - and the costs were really eye opening. Not to say they weren't awesome - some of them certainly were. But we are talking $400,000+ for those amenities like 2 bathrooms and 2 bedrooms and double vanity sinks in the master baths, plus beds that raise up & down to watch tv., dishwashers and laundries.WHEW.Even a little pop up tent camper like we had bought when we were first married for a few hundred dollars was $10,000.  And the toilet was in the kitchen - what is wrong with that!?!? For $10,000 I want a wall between the toilet and my kitchen at least. It certainly made us see our nice 2 year old trailer in a new light.

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For $400,000 I want land and a real house. 

 

 

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We have been looking....we dont want a pop up like we had with the kids.  Im so over that..but would like a nice 18 to 20 foot for us to just take off for the weekends.  But i want my conveniences.  Hubby has been eyeing the airstream Bambi, but for only 16 feet and close to $45000. I think we can do better.

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@mcall1020 wrote:

We have been looking....we dont want a pop up like we had with the kids.  Im so over that..but would like a nice 18 to 20 foot for us to just take off for the weekends.  But i want my conveniences.  Hubby has been eyeing the airstream Bambi, but for only 16 feet and close to $45000. I think we can do better.



@mcall1020 wrote:

We have been looking....we dont want a pop up like we had with the kids.  Im so over that..but would like a nice 18 to 20 foot for us to just take off for the weekends.  But i want my conveniences.  Hubby has been eyeing the airstream Bambi, but for only 16 feet and close to $45000. I think we can do better.



@mcall1020 wrote:

We have been looking....we dont want a pop up like we had with the kids.  Im so over that..but would like a nice 18 to 20 foot for us to just take off for the weekends.  But i want my conveniences.  Hubby has been eyeing the airstream Bambi, but for only 16 feet and close to $45000. I think we can do better.



@mcall1020 wrote:

We have been looking....we dont want a pop up like we had with the kids.  Im so over that..but would like a nice 18 to 20 foot for us to just take off for the weekends.  But i want my conveniences.  Hubby has been eyeing the airstream Bambi, but for only 16 feet and close to $45000. I think we can do better.



@mcall1020 wrote:

We have been looking....we dont want a pop up like we had with the kids.  Im so over that..but would like a nice 18 to 20 foot for us to just take off for the weekends.  But i want my conveniences.  Hubby has been eyeing the airstream Bambi, but for only 16 feet and close to $45000. I think we can do better.



He is looking at what used to be "the cream of the crop" in travel trailers. They were well made, but I could never stand the roof  on it. Very expensive. He can do much better.(here in the West they are called travel trailers, not campers.)



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Apparently these days 45 grand is just an average price. There were several couples buying fifth wheels for $250 to $350,000 and then they still had to buy a pickup truck, which a truck to pull such a large, heavy camper would cost around another $50,000 or more depending on what you want.

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It's fairly easy to find a lightly used RV at much lower prices.

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We won't be buying one again.  Easy to buy but hard to sell unless you give them away.

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@esmeraldagooch wrote:

We won't be buying one again.  Easy to buy but hard to sell unless you give them away.


So true here in Northern MI. You can pick them up cheap on CL or a consignment broker.

 

People tire of them quickly when they find out they don't use them as often as they hoped to. Start out with a great plan for hunting and fishing up here and then sell them in short order.

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I have some experience with used campers , by the time you have to replace the mattresses and furniture that people have destroyed and fix the floors because they let sinks and showers leak all over them,you can buy a new one.

On the other hand ,though,we bought a new Montana fifth wheel in 2002 for $25000 and sold it in 2014 for $12000.We used it a lot over those 12 years, but my DH is meticulous about maintainence . The shale well worker who got it was thrilled with it for that price.We saved a lot more than $12000 on hotel rooms and restaurant meals over those years.plus we could take our dog on vacation with us,which was why we camped in the first place.

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@151949 wrote:

I have some experience with used campers , by the time you have to replace the mattresses and furniture that people have destroyed and fix the floors because they let sinks and showers leak all over them,you can buy a new one.


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The key words were "gently used".

 

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