Pre-Owned Travel Trailers
Pre-Owned Travel Trailers
Is it an economical time to buy a travel trailer or camper? While many industries and manufacturing companies are feeling the burn of the drooping economy, less customers are willing to spend their savings on items they consider luxury buys. This includes travel trailers that are for sale by owners who no longer can afford to travel with or maintain their recreational vehicles. This can pay off if you are in the market to buy, as the competition is stiff with more supply than there is demand. Many people think the time is ripe for jumping into the RV market, and you may be able to score a steal on a pre-owned vehicle if you know where to look and are knowledgeable when it comes to the values of used and pre-owned camper trailers. The prices are dropping way below market value in this weak economy, and the odds of you making out with a great vehicle at a cut-rate price are extremely high.
If you are worried about fuel efficiency and costs, consider a smaller trailer model. Many of these units do not use more gas than your personal vehicle, and if you intend to do a lot of road tripping and outdoor vacationing, the gas prices will be significantly less than what you would spend on hotel and flight accommodations. And because most travel trailers come self-sufficient with fully operational kitchens, you can save more money by cooking in rather than eating out. Even more, owning a trailer will open you up to a lot of outdoor activities that are inexpensive and otherwise unknown to you if you are staying at an enclosed resort. Camping, hunting, fishing, rafting, and swimming are just a few of the activities you can engage in at most campsites after paying a single fee to rent the space and hookup to their facilities. Of course, you are always welcome to leave the campsite to engage in events going on in the city, but the amount of money you save by avoiding resorts and expensive outings presents a great relief to your wallet. The economical benefits of owning a camper trailer skyrocket when you intend to use it as designed.
On the other hand, you may be in the market for a larger camper trailer if you intend on living in your recreational vehicle long term. Not only do the larger models offer the same amenities as smaller units, they go beyond that by offering more sleeping space, large bathrooms, and even entertainment centers for the nights when inclement weather may keep you inside. Choosing to live in a motor home long-term presents an alternative to the worrisome housing market and steep mortgage rates many homeowners are presently experiencing. Especially if you are tenant, you can give yourself a break from rent and utility checks by taking some time in your travel trailer. Campsites are considerably less expensive, and if you choose to tow your larger motor home, you are free to leave it at camp and use your personal vehicle to pop around town.
These are all things to consider if you’ve thought about investing in a used camper. Just make sure, before you buy, to inspect the vehicles carefully, enlist a mechanic to do so if you are unsure of your own mechanical knowledge, and ask all previous owners for the vehicle’s history. As they are used, the cost of possible repairs or upgrades needs to be considered before you buy. You may be able to find a used vehicle in better condition by shopping around first. Never settle on your first choice.