The question Used (pop-up camper trailers) versus New is certainly as old as the famous Shakespearean “To be or not to be” or even older.
Fortunately there is little “philosophical matter” in the first question so there is no need for long debates.
The answer usually falls into two categories:
The latter is a bit tougher nut to crack and depends on our personal level of acceptance which may be quite wide from person to person. For example some will never re-use second hand mattress, for some it really does not matter.
Once you have answers to these questions, it is time to roll-up sleeves and start the homework to maximize the value for the money spent for the used pop-up camper trailer.
Well, may be this is not exactly so simple equation. I guess at the end of the road you still want to be happy enjoying your new “toy” and frankly, as we all know, the happiness is priceless.
The first and probably the most important step of your homework is to narrow the range of used pop-up campers trailers to just few manufacturers and models. And honestly with market flooded with countless choices and “noisy” publicity, it is also the most difficult task draining your physical and mental strength.
Unfortunately the “digital space” quite often transforms the “Information Age” into the Disinformation one. The best pictures and descriptions will not replace the feel and touch. That is why I would suggest visiting the closest RV Show or big RV dealer to get the “feeling”.
The “feeling” is a complex “state of mind”. In the language adequate to the used pop-up camper trailers, it is also quite complex task and should include the following:
Here you have to look at the reliability data (remember the Murthy’s Law? – “What can be broken it certainly will”!), potential cost or repairs, technical support (may be difficult for obsolete manufacturers and/or models), simplicity of the structure (if you are a handy-man) etc…. In general this part can be summarized as the 6E criterion: Easy to store, Easy to tow, Easy to maneuver, Easy on your pocket, Easy to maintain and Enjoyable.
Here you have to deal with two antagonistic requirements: comfort of vacationing versus required parking space and towing effort). Keep in mind that in most cases the pop-up camper trailer spends its life staying folded on your driveway or parking lot.
List of wishes
Used Pop Up Campers Trailer: Setting up the Coleman Cheyenne pop-up camper trailer (part of your virtual visit to the RV Show)
Presentation by www.AmericanRV.com
Cost of Insurance
Only and only then it makes sense to move to the next step, this time taking advantage of the virtual world where it is at its best.
Value of the used pop-up camper trailer.
next step in your homework is to find the market values of your
favorite used pop-up camper trailers: average retail values, expected
price range (from “so-so conditions” for those more handy to “perfect
state” for those ready to go on the road). And all that for each
selected model and production year.
The available tools are:
NADA RV Appraisal Guide
(Please click on the left picture to be re-directed to the NADA's website)
The NADA guide provides probably the most comprehensive information updated three times a year and available 25 hours per day online.
It provides relevant data for all kinds of RVs (including pop-up camper trailers) manufactured over the last 15 years.
KBB's Travel Trailers guide
Kelley Blue Book despite great its popularity is much less helpful for those looking for pop-up campers trailers. First and most important – the currently the KBB’s Travel Trailers are not available online. You have to either have subscription, or buy the guide (you can do it online from the company for around $70 or on Amazon). You can also find it in the local libraries.
Navigation of the popular
websites like Ebay and Craiglist should be also on your “Must-to-do”
list. These sites provide the current values for used pop-up camper
trailers including seasonal and regional price trends. Armed with that
knowledge you can now storm RV dealerships, check for adds in local
newspapers, brows Craigslist….
To continue to the practical aspects of buying a used folding campers please select the link: Used Pop-up Camper Trailer for Sale
Good Luck :-)
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