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Old 08-17-2013, 09:23 AM   #57
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Cam A, those are good points. And I agree with Norm, the most important thing is to get out and use your trailer whether it be an oldie or brand new!

One thing about buying used is that it pays to be knowledgable. We've RV'd for a long time and this trailer is our 4th rig, so when we went shopping we had a pretty good idea of what to look for, what to avoid, etc. (although I wish we'd known about the "Trailer Weights in the Real World" thread before we bought our trailer!). We passed up a couple of other same size Bigfoots, one older and cheaper and one newer and more expensive, but in both cases it was obvious that the PO's had not taken good care of them so no matter what we could have gotten them for, we didn't want them.
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Old 08-17-2013, 11:27 AM   #58
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Well said Norm and I agree. I already have mods I am going to make. I am going to latch the fridge, per your help and install a 5" fence post under the back bumper to start.
CAM...when you get older, like me, you have to figure out ways to make your money produce safe income. Not easy in today's market, you are right!! With annuities, bond funds, various safe mutual funds, etc...about a 6% return is the outcome. This is a fun item for us to get my DW out to see much of North America, as Norm accurately states. My business travels afforded me the opportunity but my sweetie was busy working at home. Now we BOTH can play together. My blood pressure goes down just thinking about it
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Old 08-17-2013, 11:29 AM   #59
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Where are you getting a 6% return on your investment in todays market? Inquiring minds want to know.
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Old 08-17-2013, 11:32 AM   #60
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Well stated Kathy, another reason I needed to buy new. I'm learning so I needed a new one from a reputable company with a warranty. If all goes as hoped, in a couple of years we will trade 'up' to a larger model. I read the "trailer weights" piece and decided to make sure I was well under with my TV. I know my sweetie will be packing it up pretty good...already started, she is excited!
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Old 08-17-2013, 11:37 AM   #61
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Jim, it's a combination of various accounts, bond funds, real estate holdings and annuities. Its all about diversity. Some produce 8% some 4% and they bounce around, but average out to about 6%. One municipality bond guarantees 6% but you cant touch it for 4 years. Pm me if you want more info.
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Old 08-17-2013, 11:38 AM   #62
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Jim, We have some I bonds that are locked at 5 and 6% purchased a decade ago. Not so exciting then but looking good until the next inflation run up. Then we'll have to sell.
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Old 08-17-2013, 11:47 AM   #63
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Hman66,

Business travel is so different from 'retired in an RV travel'.

We're out at Cornell in Ithaca, NY for a few days at my granddaughters wedding, probably our 7 trip. We came while we she was in school here and would spend a week scouting the area at an rv pace, definitely much to see.

I see the wedding attendees rushing about at a businessman's pace trying to see this and that.

We love being an RVer.
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Old 08-17-2013, 11:53 AM   #64
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Norm...you described it perfectly and I totally agree with you. I can't wait to get started. I turn 62 on 9/3...already filed for SS . Now, to just stay on the right side oh the sod)

I grew up in Syracuse so know the area well. Nice time of year to visit...blessings to your granddaughter!!
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Finger Lakes

For those of you who haven't been to this part of NY, it's beautiful. Today we took a short ride to this waterfall. The water is falling 215 feet.

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If that's not enough there's the marvelous Corning Glass Museum
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This has turned out to be a great conversation and I appreciate all of the discussion!
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Old 08-17-2013, 01:55 PM   #67
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i like the peace of mind of a new trailer but i also like the looks of an older trailer. sometimes the only way to get that is to buy old and make it new which will usually end up costing more than you hoped. if you don't mind the looks of a new trailer, then get the newest one you can for the best price. the newer ones will have better insulation, better appliances, and even more options.

i don't have a trailer yet but i used to fix up old trucks. the older you buy, the more work you can expect to put into it. i had a car, it was made in the 2000's and a truck made in the 70's, when it came time to sell one, i decided to sell the newer car. the vintage look really grows on you.
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Finger Lakes

For those of you who haven't been to this part of NY, it's beautiful. Today we took a short ride to this waterfall. The water is falling 215 feet.

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If that's not enough there's the marvelous Corning Glass Museum
If you are heading west, spend a night at Letchworth State park & check out the three waterfalls on the Genesee River. My favorite view is the Lower Falls from the footbridge area:
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One interesting aspect of rvs is that most of them are barely used. No one had ever cooked on the stove in our 4 year motorhome. No one ever used the stove in our 22 year old Sunline or our 22 year old Scamp until we purchased the. Our Sunline had been used for only 2 weeks a year by the same family. Used trailers but hardily.
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Unfortunately we're not RVing on this trip but staying in a motel with the extended family all around, fun but different. Some are coming home with us for a week or so hence no more sight seeing, a little like a 'fun business trip' with emphasis on the fun. Thanks for the tip I'm sure we'll be back to the area.
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