Hello ~ Our family of five (kids 10, 12, and 14) is looking to buy our first camper. We have narrowed it down to a Jayco 1207. We have found a few southeastern PA within a few hours of where we live. The dilemma ... We found one for sale about three hours away through a private seller. It's a 2007 and they are asking $4,500. I have seen some for more and one for $3,900. I think I may be able to get it down a couple of hundred dollars to maybe $4,250. It is described as being in excellent condition. No AC or bathroom. It has been stored indoors except for in recent weeks. The owner purchased from someone who sold it after owning it for a year to get something bigger and says that his family has cared for it well. Used a few times a year, April - October. The other option is a 2011 from a dealer within an hour of the first. There is a 2" tear in the vinyl near the door that has been taped. The tires are rotted. The dealer claims everything else appears to be in good shape. Nothing else reported when they took it in. The dealer is asking $6,000 which would include the dealers fee (covers a walk through of the unit, testing of all appliances, etc., fixing and repairing items as needed - within the scope on the list they provided. They would replace the tires, for instance). Or we can buy it as-is for $5,000. We are tempted to get the 2011 because it is newer and therefore might reflect some minor design improvements. Though a side-by-side comparison of the two years shows the differences are not significant. I supposed we are also hoping that something a few years newer will have more life in the long run and maybe a better resale value down the line. And, we like the idea of having someone go through it top to bottom and repairing as needed. So, do we go with the camper that is within our budget has a known history and seems like a less complicated purchase? Or is it worth it to pay an extra $1,500-$1,750 for a newer camper from a dealer with the inspection walk through and potential repairs. After typing this all out is seems like the camper with the known history might be the way to go. The fact that the tires are rotted on the 2011 calls into question when it was last used, how and where it was store, and if there might be other issues associated it if it has been sitting for long - no? I also question whether the minor repairs they would cover would add up to the $1,500 - $1,750 difference. Thoughts appreciated! Thank you.