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Old 04-11-2015, 02:59 AM   #1
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Prices for used Casitas

Do the prices for 17ft Casitas roughly follow this formula?

New = $20k
5+ years old = $15k
10+ years old = $10k

I'm trying to determine if I should get a new or used one.
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Old 04-11-2015, 05:05 AM   #2
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Do the prices for 17ft Casitas roughly follow this formula?

New = $20k
5+ years old = $15k
10+ years old = $10k

I'm trying to determine if I should get a new or used one.
Don't think there is any "formula" set in stone for anything. Price guides are just that...guides. It's all what you are willing to pay for what the item is, don't over think it. As long as you are good with the price all is well.
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Old 04-11-2015, 05:51 AM   #3
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Hey William, because the depreciation rate for fiberglass trailers is slow, it may make sense to buy new and get exactly what you want. We purchased a new Casita last fall having looked at late model used trailers and found the price difference to be relatively small. Which says a lot about our eggs. Good luck with your search.
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Old 04-11-2015, 05:59 AM   #4
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Hey William, because the depreciation rate for fiberglass trailers is slow, it may make sense to buy new and get exactly what you want. We purchased a new Casita last fall having looked at late model used trailers and found the price difference to be relatively small. Which says a lot about our eggs. Good luck with your search.
That's what I'm beginning to see. If the difference between a new trailer, and 5 year old trailer, is only $5k, I may as well get a new one. I will save at least $6k every year, once I get a trailer.
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Old 04-11-2015, 06:49 AM   #5
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Hey William, because the depreciation rate for fiberglass trailers is slow, it may make sense to buy new and get exactly what you want. We purchased a new Casita last fall having looked at late model used trailers and found the price difference to be relatively small. Which says a lot about our eggs. Good luck with your search.
Came to the same conclusion last fall myself, then bought a new Scamp. This way you will know the history yourself with no costly surprises. Carl
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Old 04-11-2015, 08:29 AM   #6
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new or used

I've come to the conclusion that buying new is a waste of my money. In 2013 I bought a 2011 17' SD for $14500. It came with an unused Calmark cover and had gone to little house customs for about $1000 worth of modifications. If anyone thinks all their troubles will be over if they buy new, they should follow the casita forum for a month. I think folks with brand new trailers have lots of problems and issues with new trailers.. Buying new is a convenience if you have the money. I did have to search for 3 months and then drive 500 miles when I found what I wanted, but I prefer the 3 to 4 thousand dollars to be in my pocket, not the sellers.
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Old 04-11-2015, 08:52 AM   #7
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Find a good, clean used trailer. Chances are the owner will have made numerous modifications to enhance the unit which will save you time and money. The couple that bought my 2007 Casita benefited from my hours of work, and a few thousand in mods. Fortunately our new Oliver came stock with just about everything. At a price of course.


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Old 04-11-2015, 10:19 AM   #8
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The advantage of buying new is you can order exactly what you want, everything is new and there is a warranty / guarantee to protect you for a "short" period of time, The disadvantage is higher price and travel or transportation to the manufacturer.

The advantage of buying used is often a lower price, upgrades and modifications done by the previous owner if these mods are what you want and were done to a quality standard. The disadvantages are supply, if one becomes available it is usually sold quickly, you are unsure of the history or how it was used or problems with the unit, and modifications done by the previous owner that are not quality or potentially are a safety concern.

I have bought used where the entire Boler needed a complete rebuild, a used Casita in good condition where we enjoyed the trailer that didn't need any work at a good price and sold it for exactly what we paid for it, and finally a new Escape which we plan to travel in throughout our retirement.
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Old 04-11-2015, 10:20 AM   #9
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We saw that used trailers depreciated about $800 to $1,000 per year. We thought about buying one, but every time we called (and we tried to do so fast), the trailers were already sold. So, the trailers are a great investment especially since the depreciation was so slow and sold so quickly. We bought new since the price differential was so small. Good luck!
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Old 04-11-2015, 10:21 AM   #10
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Also depends on your timing. Took me a year checking online every night to find a used 17ft Liberty Deluxe I could get to before it was sold, plus a 1 day air trip from Portland Oregon to Denver to inspect and buy. Some folks aren't that patient.
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Old 04-11-2015, 12:58 PM   #11
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I bought used my experience .
I took my time looking and found a trailer that had not seen much use the appliances were like new I was told the original owner bought the trailer with high hopes and only used it a few times. It sat in storage for something like 10 years, the second owner bought it and used it for a few years but health issues forced him to sell. None of the appliances had ever been used.

My 1991 Bigfoot other than needing a good bit of elbow grease on the outside was perfect I paid 8500 for it when new units cost three times as much.
Since buying I've added air conditioning and found a great deal on this forum from someone local a Polar Cub 9200 btu for half the price of new. He got the air conditioner with the trailer and never took it out of the box. I had the air conditioner installed at a shop my cost was 1200.00 which included up grading the electrical .
I've had many people stop to look at the trailer and every time they think it is new and are surprised at the interior space.

Fiberglass rules in my book, no leaks and will outlast me.
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Old 04-11-2015, 01:09 PM   #12
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I have a Casita on order now, and I'll have to drive from Minneapolis to Rice, TX, to pick it up in July. That's a pain, but the alternative was to drive an equally long way to pick up a used Casita, sight and problems unseen, for nearly the same price. If you live where there's a relative glut of preowned trailers, like AZ or Southern CA, you would stand a chance of inspecting it and walking away, if necessary, without driving a thousand miles one way. Buying new is worth it for me.
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Old 04-11-2015, 05:35 PM   #13
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I have to give my apt notice if I am moving out - by July 31st, so I want to have the TT by July 1st. Which gives me 6-7 weeks to get the TT. That probably means I cannot get a new Casita, and also probably means I wont be able to get a $20k TT of any type. I may have to get a $10k used one. There are some $10k used Casitas, but rare. I'm starting to wonder if I shouldn't get a $8k-$9k used "stick" TT, and live in that for the first 1-2 years, then get a FGTT like a Casita. That might let me test this whole TT-living thing, and give me time to order the perfect Casita. I just hate to drop $8k on a TT that I know I plan to get rid of ASAP.
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Old 04-11-2015, 05:37 PM   #14
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I have a Casita on order now, and I'll have to drive from Minneapolis to Rice, TX, to pick it up in July. That's a pain, but the alternative was to drive an equally long way to pick up a used Casita, sight and problems unseen, for nearly the same price. If you live where there's a relative glut of preowned trailers, like AZ or Southern CA, you would stand a chance of inspecting it and walking away, if necessary, without driving a thousand miles one way. Buying new is worth it for me.
What was the time delay before ordering it, and picking up? Isn't it something like 2 months?
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