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Old 04-14-2012, 11:05 PM   #1
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Are we rational?

For at least a year now I've been watching a new Skyline Retro 140 languishing at an RV dealer. Of course it's a stick-built but it is fully loaded with the features one would expect nowadays, e.g. awning, bathtub, air, microwave, converter, etc.. The claimed dry weight is a respectable 2100 lbs.

The latest sticker price was 8,995.00 CAD and I noticed it finally sold.

While this trailer sat unwanted old Bolers and Trills in the same market area were fetching 4,000 to 5500.

Even as a vintage FG owner that bought into the craze a couple of years ago I dare to wonder if we're really rational, or are our comparatively stripped down and ageing units really that much better than even a new stick built fresh off the assembly line?
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Old 04-14-2012, 11:13 PM   #2
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It's not about "our" trailer's being better, It's about what makes you comfortable camping.,,,,,,,,,


Some people camp in tents
Some people camp out under the star's
Some people prefer an rv's (now you gotta choose from all the Rv's made to find the "better" rv for you and yours. )
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Old 04-14-2012, 11:22 PM   #3
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For at least a year now I've been watching a new Skyline Retro 140 languishing at an RV dealer. Of course it's a stick-built but it is fully loaded with the features one would expect nowadays, e.g. awning, bathtub, air, microwave, converter, etc.. The claimed dry weight is a respectable 2100 lbs.

The latest sticker price was 8,995.00 CAD and I noticed it finally sold.

While this trailer sat unwanted old Bolers and Trills in the same market area were fetching 4,000 to 5500.

Even as a vintage FG owner that bought into the craze a couple of years ago I dare to wonder if we're really rational, or are our comparatively stripped down and ageing units are really that much better than even a new stick built fresh off the assembly line?


I was actually saying very much the same thing to my wife yesterday as we drove past "RV Row" on the Langley By-Pass and I noted that there seems to be a LOT of stickies going for cheep-cheep-cheep!

My comment, however, was actually more along the lines of "no wonder people can't understand the value of our 1999 Bigfoot 21 when brand new deluxe units, larger and with all the goodies are selling for less! Wonder what these new Cougars, Grey Wolves, etc, etc will be worth in 5-10 years time!"

However, what society in general considers to be "rational" does not seem to match what others on this board consider to be rational behavior.

I keep coming across people on this site who remove perfectly functional 2 or 3 way fridges, or refuse to have a bathroom in their trailer, refuse to have propane (anything) or obsess about solar powered LEDs. Compared to the mass market that buys fully "loaded" stickies with multiple slide-outs, I'd venture to say that many of us do not appear to be rational at all!

Once upon a time I lived in North Battleford (Sask) which was - at the time- home to one of biggest RV dealerships anywhere. The local car dealers made out like bandits when people would stop in at Hunters Sport, Marine and RV, wind up striking a deal for the RV of their dreams and then buying a new tug to haul it home. THAT is the behavior that is considered to be rational.
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Old 04-14-2012, 11:46 PM   #4
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are our comparatively stripped down and ageing units are really that much better than even a new stick built fresh off the assembly line?
I second the folks who say "It's what it's worth to you". But recently I came disturbingly close to buying a new stick-built Nash. Good trailer, high quality, Oregon made. But here's what staying with fiberglass means to me: in 10 years and 1 day I won't be looking at the trailer and saying "I wonder if I need a new roof?"

So yep, it's rational by me.
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Old 04-15-2012, 12:05 AM   #5
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I second the folks who say "It's what it's worth to you". But recently I came disturbingly close to buying a new stick-built Nash. Good trailer, high quality, Oregon made. But here's what staying with fiberglass means to me: in 10 years and 1 day I won't be looking at the trailer and saying "I wonder if I need a new roof?"

So yep, it's rational by me.
I too question how rational we are.

I'm happy with my purchase but ... I seriously doubt I'll make $$ on it or even come out even upon resell. I have been spending $$ on Mods, and I still don't have a particularly comfortable sleeping area or a decent audio system.

For the price I paid, I know that I could have gotten a fairly comfortable, newer "stick" trailer with a built in stereo system and comfy queen bed, a trailer that didn't need any mods or facelifting.

And regarding the roof, most trailer purchases have a 5 year time frame before the owners begin to think about making a change. I bought my trailer with the thought that I'd be keeping it for 10+ years. But, like everyone else, I think about what 2 more feet would do for me ... and what it would be like to have a bigger shower, water tank, a queen size bed ... to spend even more money on an Escape 19!

But then ... I wouldn't be able to log onto this forum and drool over the mods that all of you are constantly showing off ... so, no I'm not very rational regarding my choice in a trailer ... just irrationally happy.
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Old 04-15-2012, 08:16 AM   #6
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It is really all in your point of view,isn't it?

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Old 04-15-2012, 08:20 AM   #7
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And regarding the roof, most trailer purchases have a 5 year time frame before the owners begin to think about making a change.
The "guarantee" is only valid if the manufacturer is still in business I have friends who bought a monster Alfa less than a year before it went bankrupt....

I don't think rational is used for much of anything anymore. I believe people make purchases based on desire, budget, shape, color, sound, brand name recognition, etc.
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Old 04-15-2012, 08:40 AM   #8
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Some of us just own both That way I don't have to struggle with any moral dilemmas on what is better and/or more rational. My reasoning: My 32' Skyline is basically my summer home on the lake we like to refer to it as the "Mother Ship". It doesn't go anywhere ever just stays on a permanent lot. My Cloud "The Escape Pod" is my mobile unit, I have her to get us out and about the country. After towing around and trying to park a big camper and then comparing it to the ease of doing the same with my Cloud I don't really think I will ever go back to towing around anything bigger then 16' or so.
I love what both my campers offer for so many different reasons, I am very glad to have both.
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Old 04-15-2012, 08:42 AM   #9
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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder...
One man's junk is another man's treasure....
Don't criticize someone until you've walked a mile in their shoes...

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......different strokes for different folks. peace out, man.
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Old 04-15-2012, 09:20 AM   #11
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Molded Fiberglass trailers are cheaper even than the first example given here.... Think of the difference in new retail as a "bond" which will be redeemed at resale with interest.
Price a 10 year old stickbuilt to confirm my point.

Also...I had a 12ft Thorobred stickbuilt and switched to 13ft Scamp. In eight years I have saved several thousand dollars in fuel costs alone.
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Old 04-15-2012, 09:46 AM   #12
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We started with a stick built because we only planned to own a small trailer for a couple of months. Pulling it with the same tow vehicale we got 15% less mpgs compared to our Casita 16 or Scamp 16 even though the stick built weighed less. Our Scamp is 21 years old and it never leaks, the stick built was 25 years old and really leaked.

We loved the space in our stick built but it was not nearly as structural as the fiberglass trailers.

As well the resale value of fiberglass units is a lot better..... I agree with Floyd's comments.
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Old 04-15-2012, 10:42 AM   #13
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Easy decision

My FG is one of very, very few that will fit into my backyard.....
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Old 04-15-2012, 10:50 AM   #14
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My comment, however, was actually more along the lines of "no wonder people can't understand the value of our 1999 Bigfoot 21 when brand new deluxe units, larger and with all the goodies are selling for less! Wonder what these new Cougars, Grey Wolves, etc, etc will be worth in 5-10 years time!"
Dave I think you hit the nail on the head. I think most investment advisers would say that a person who purchases a trailer that retains its value such as a small fiberglass trailer vs a person who purchases a trailer that may not even be usable in 10 years time is a pretty rational person. Even more rational when one considers the possible savings in the cost of the smaller tow vehicle and gas price savings over 10 years of towing a small fiberglass vs a big stick.
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