Slightly used campers for cheap coming soon?

jmkay1

2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah
Oct 10, 2013
7,503
Northern Virginia
. I doubt thousands upon thousands of new owners will take the losses and sell one year old units.
Maybe not thousands but I’ve talked to like four campers who just bought a camper This year and they all told me the same thing, they are going to sell it as soon as things improve and normal vacation travel can happen safely. They all bought used campers though. We didn’t discuss logistics but they stressed the fact they only did this so they can get out of the house. They don’t trust hotels, airplanes, or other modes of transportation, they don’t trust public restrooms, but they were desperate to get out. Personally it would be nice to see if this encourages manufacturers to get newer popups and other small trailers out there as there MAY be better demand, but another side of me hopes I will be able to go camping again without needing months and months of advanced reservations. Right now, all the campground are fully packed solid. I used to be able to find at least one place to camp with a two weeks notice, now that’s impossible.
 

chick-a-go

New Member
Apr 8, 2018
6
I think a lot of people do not realize how much time and maintenance an RV requires. Once the pandemic is over many - not all - will opt for something that requires less time and attention.
 

aan1129

Member
May 19, 2019
31
I can’t wait till prices drop and sales inventory grows. Then I can join the dark side someday.

Happy Camping...[ALPU][PUT]
This is our plan as well! As we get closer to retirement and “most of the time” (not full time, lol) we want to go dark and we’re hoping for some great deals in about 2-3 seasons
 

Storm

Member
Jul 5, 2020
44
Warwick,RI
Yes, I think there will be more campers available in the next couple of years for a couple of reasons.
1. People finding out that camping isn't really for them
2. People aging out
3. Repossessions from folks who can no longer afford them
4. People upgrading, making used campers more abundant
5. More people realizing that they can do their jobs from anywhere, as long as they have a wi-fi connection

I sure hope the number of campgrounds/places to camp increases along with the number of rigs out there.
 

Old_Geezer

Super Active Member
Sep 29, 2009
2,760
Southwest PA
I sure hope the number of campgrounds/places to camp increases along with the number of rigs out there.

Wish in one hand and you know what in the other. Building campgrounds is a huge financial boondoggle, especially anywhere that the season is limited. A terrible financial decision and that is without taking into account all the government mandated hoops that must be jumped through along with dealing with the NIMBY busy bodies. Add to that due to current events state budgets are in turmoil and will be for years, so at this point I think you can count out public campground construction or renovations, the state departments of conservation and such usually are operated on a shoestring to begin with and are the first things cut out when revenues are tight.

The only places I see building new are in states such as yours, Florida, South Texas etc., and those are more of glorified trailer parks to accommodate the snowbird crowd than they are campgrounds. A lot of those snowbirds are actually the busy body NIMBY's who would scream bloody murder if someone proposed building a "campground" a few miles down the road from their home up north.
 

HappyTraveler

Active Member
Apr 30, 2019
548
New York
Wish in one hand and you know what in the other. Building campgrounds is a huge financial boondoggle, especially anywhere that the season is limited. A terrible financial decision and that is without taking into account all the government mandated hoops that must be jumped through along with dealing with the NIMBY busy bodies. Add to that due to current events state budgets are in turmoil and will be for years, so at this point I think you can count out public campground construction or renovations, the state departments of conservation and such usually are operated on a shoestring to begin with and are the first things cut out when revenues are tight.

The only places I see building new are in states such as yours, Florida, South Texas etc., and those are more of glorified trailer parks to accommodate the snowbird crowd than they are campgrounds. A lot of those snowbirds are actually the busy body NIMBY's who would scream bloody murder if someone proposed building a "campground" a few miles down the road from their home up north.
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I can't even imagine!
I mean, think of all the building codes just to build a house or open a business. Campgrounds would have to be that much worse b/c they are kind of combining the two.
Sad.
 

Jimbow

Super Active Member
Silver Supporting Member
Nov 30, 2012
1,980
Opening businesses, even RV parks or campgrounds, isn't that difficult. You hire the necessary designers, engineers and attorneys. The key will be to predict what the next generation in RV travelers are willing to pay for. Is it 50 amp, curbs, concrete patios, carefully located and planted trees, with rock solid WiFi and cell service for work from anywhere professionals or cheaper, remote, I'll use my solar and lithium batteries to boondock while extending my retirement dollars campers? Locations within an hour of populated areas with lots of amenities and a big weekend family business, or more remote destinations for solitude?

Most of those new units that are in the hands of new to RVing owners are financed and upside down in value. The businesses that offer opportunities for them will do well over the next few years. Perhaps concierge storage service on site at a campground. Imagine a campground offering call us up and we'll get you on a site, hook you up, and move you out when you leave (I had that in the 80s). Seasonal site rentals may increase.
 

tenttrailer

Art & Joyce - Columbus, O
Jul 18, 2013
3,758
Thornville, OH
I have been seeing a lot of campers with new trailers that seem like they have no idea what they are doing. Also, I have seen reserve CS's sit with tags on polls sit empty for 2-4 days and do a no show.

I think, either lack of employment and they can not make payment. Or, when they are not interested in going camping and not using the trailer they will sell it.
 

Storm

Member
Jul 5, 2020
44
Warwick,RI
I have been seeing a lot of campers with new trailers that seem like they have no idea what they are doing. Also, I have seen reserve CS's sit with tags on polls sit empty for 2-4 days and do a no show.

I think, either lack of employment and they can not make payment. Or, when they are not interested in going camping and not using the trailer they will sell it.

New campers cheap would be nice. Lol. I have seen a wave in older rotted and leaking needing repairs campers listed for sale at pretty high price's. Some of them been sitting in yards for storage sheds.
 

KCScott

New Member
Nov 13, 2018
3
Lots of great perspectives. I agree that MOST people aren’t going to be willing to take a huge hit, especially when the still owe a lot on their campers, but if the market gets flooded like it should there should be some good deals.
 

Dan Wilson

Active Member
Jan 30, 2019
306
Appleton, WI
Here in Wisconsin in January the dealers hold expos around the state to show off their new wares. Not sure if those will happen and, if so, what the prices will be like. I predict prices will be stable but the discounts will be skinny.
 




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