New camper trailers - how much have you negotiated off the list price?

Submitted: Saturday, Jan 22, 2011 at 20:28
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I'm looking for a camper trailer still as the owner of the one I was going to purchase it off has changed their mind.

For those who have purchased a new camper trailer within the last few years, how much have you been able to negotiate off the purchase price? Brands I'm looking at are Camel, Customline, Cavalier, Bell Canvas, Cameron Campers amongst a few others. Are the camping show deals the best ones available, generally?
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Reply By: happytravelers - Sunday, Jan 23, 2011 at 09:37

Sunday, Jan 23, 2011 at 09:37
Hi Garbage

Generally the cheap end of the camper trailer market, the soft floor ones you're looking at won't budge a lot on the basic price. They're more likely to throw in a few extras at the shows or if you negotiate. You might also be able to save a few dollars by offering cash.

I notice from your last thread that you were looking at an on road camper, I would make sure you get an off road trailer, even if you don't intend to take it off the black top, as when you want to sell it very few people want an on road camper and you will find it very hard to sell. It's worth the extra $$ to get a stronger trailer with more features, Jerry can holders etc.


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Follow Up By: garbage - Sunday, Jan 23, 2011 at 09:52

Sunday, Jan 23, 2011 at 09:52
Thanks for the tip. I have noticed a lot of people having trouble selling second hand on road campers actually. My car has a 750kg unbraked limit. Would going to an offroad camper push things above this limit?

My initial thoughts were that given they are only about $4k second hand for a 3-4 year old model, there's only so much they can drop in value before they hit a floor, so I wouldn't mind losing a grand or two if I sold in 5 years time as it would have more than paid for itself.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Sunday, Jan 23, 2011 at 13:20

Sunday, Jan 23, 2011 at 13:20
have a look over at MySwag, there is a nearly brand new on road camper with slide out kitchen, that looks like excellent value for $3000.00
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Follow Up By: happytravelers - Sunday, Jan 23, 2011 at 21:04

Sunday, Jan 23, 2011 at 21:04
750kg is the unbraked limit for all cars, whether it be a Landcruiser or a small sedan. If the trailer weighs anymore it has to be fitted with brakes. I don't know what car you have but it should have a max towing capacity label on the tow bar and possibly also on the drivers A pillar or door frame. Most of the basic off road campers you're looking at will weigh in under 750kg unloaded. However depending on the size of your car it would be a good safety investment to have trailer brakes fitted.

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Follow Up By: garbage - Sunday, Jan 23, 2011 at 21:25

Sunday, Jan 23, 2011 at 21:25
I've got a Subaru Liberty, GVM approx 1500kg. Towing capacity is only about 1100kg from memory, but I do not have the Hayman Reese towbar, so my limit is a little less.
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Follow Up By: Member - Oldbaz. NSW. - Monday, Jan 24, 2011 at 17:13

Monday, Jan 24, 2011 at 17:13
My offroad trailer weighs 340 Kg & the top 140 270 Kg of added
stuff..before the limit is reached...we stay 50 kg under that easily & have never
felt the need for brakes, but that is towing with a Jack. You may feel brakes
give you added safety when towing with a lighter vehicle.......oldbaz.
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Reply By: Sigmund - Monday, Jan 24, 2011 at 08:41

Monday, Jan 24, 2011 at 08:41
There's usually a queue of orders at quality CT manufacturers so that's why you won't get a discount. Occasionally they may have one to sell that hasn't been picked up, or a local retailer might offer you a deal to help him fill a semi load that's coming from interstate.

So really it's a matter of luck.
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