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Posted: 03/06/23 05:57pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator


I’m torn between a few trailer options and would love some advice.

I’ve been searching for something 33-36ft with bunks and 3 slides and found a few options.

Is 2012 vs. 2016 a huge deal? Is a 2012 trailer too long in the tooth. Will be used on a seasonal site.



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Posted: 03/06/23 06:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

No way for anyone on here to know. The 2012 could be in pristine condition while the 2016 is beaten to a pulp. Only you, having seen both, would be able to determine what condition each is in. With proper care and maintenance, any travel trailer should be able to last 20 or more years. Best to look at many used units, even if you are not really interested in that particular unit, to determine the range of conditions (or destruction) a TT can come in. I had a 35 year old popup that was in excellent condition when I sold it.

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Posted: 03/07/23 03:09pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I don't know anything about a "JAYCO" but I do know that I brought a "New" Sierra Travel Trailer in 2010 or 2012 (which is made by Forest River) I could never get the front level & the back level at the same time, which tells me the frame was bent, also this was tandem axle trailer that has brakes on all 4 wheels, BUT only the rear axle had wires going to them, so the front axle brakes were just there, but not working, I also had many problems with the interior of the trailer, like the slide tearing up the carpet when it was coming in, I had so many problems with this trailer that the dealer told me the factory refused to repair any problems & I had only been the owner for 9 months.

Good luck with what ever you buy...

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Posted: 03/10/23 11:08am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A 2019 trailer could be trashed or a 2002 trailer could be in great condition.
Model year matters about 0.005%. The overall condition of the trailer matters 99.995%.

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I agree with all the others who say condition is all important. My trailer is a 2004 model but it puts the new trailers to shame when you look at the construction and condition it is in.

I would look very closely at that 2002 model and, if it appears to be in good condition, get a mobile tech or a normal RV inspector to take a look at it and see what it really is. If it passes then I would take that unit over any newer unit. They are just not made now like they used to do.

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* This post was edited 03/12/23 11:09am by BarneyS *

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Posted: 03/11/23 08:31am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

somthing that old, it might be worth paying a mobil rv guy for a couple hours to do an inspection on it. they know what to look for and I know I have to catch myself when I look at rv's as Im to excited to look for the thins I should be half the time. age doesnt matter much except that it means that if the previous owner doesnt do maintenance it has been going on longer and could be more dammage. water leaks would be my main concern.


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