Pricing between 16' and 13' - Fiberglass RV


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Old 09-08-2021, 08:43 AM   #1
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Pricing between 16' and 13'

Hey,

So I've been looking at buying a used trailer for a while now, finally got the trailer hitch ordered and installed the wiring harness last night... Since I'm currently a student my buying power is relatively low, around 3-5K if I really squeeze and save up expenses.

however I've been a little confused by some of the listing prices...

Why do 16' trailers tend to be cheaper? I've noticed they hover in the 6-10K range while 13' tends to be 9K-18K.

Is this just a case of supply and demand? or is there another reason for this price discrepancy?

Thanks,
David
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Old 09-08-2021, 08:58 AM   #2
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Yeah, I saw that one... unfortunately I only have 2K in cash right now, the last gig i worked still hasn't fully paid me and my hitch arrives Friday. Don't think it'll last on the market that long! (plus I'm in school 7:30-4pm M-Th... trades schools got a hard schedule...)

unless you think its worth messaging him anyways..?
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Old 09-08-2021, 11:24 AM   #3
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If I had $2,000 in cash, I would not spend it on a luxury discretionary item like a boat, camper, or motorcycle. Such discretionary items are best bought when it has little to no impact on the family budget.

Realize any $4,000 (or less) molded FG is going to require work, that will require spending more money. Heck, I paid quite a bit more than that for my 1977 Trillium, and it required work. Some was mostly my labor (free, sort of), some was spent on parts such as battery, power center, wheels, tires, butyl tape, fiberglass repair materials, paint, rust converter, etc.
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Old 09-08-2021, 11:28 AM   #4
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At the moment I commute 3-4 hours across the state to work the other half of the week. I'm currently rooming with my in-laws on those days in a *barely* habitable trailer house. I'd rather purchase a trailer I can live in during that time for half the week rather than keep staying in that place...

I know it'll take work, but I'm willing to put the time and effort into making it nice. (plus even a fixer trailer with no frame problems or leaks would be 100x better than that trailer house).

It's more of an investment than a luxury item.
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