Want to steal a deal on a used fifth wheel? If so, you have to keep reading. You'll find some great tips to help you locate one of these units for next to nothing. Many people aren't aware of some of the available sources. Others feel like it's too much work. However, for those that want a fifth wheel badly enough, they will get their prize in the end.
Tip #1 Ignore the Dealers
While there are tons of units on many RV dealers' lots, the markup is simply too much. You'll do much better buying elsewhere.
Tip #2 Careful with the Classifieds
You can find a good deal in your local classifieds, but you have to be careful. Many sellers aren't going to give you the real reason they are selling. It may just be because they can't afford it, but it may be because they can't afford to fix it!
Tip #3 Look for Repossessed Units
Many people cannot meet all of their monthly obligations. Repossessions are at an all time high. Check with your local bank to see if they have any used fifth wheel trailers available for sale. The banks want to sell the vehicles they repossess so they don't have to pay storage costs. It may take you several calls to find a bank that has one for sale.
Tip #4 Don't Forget the Government Auctions
Some people avoid these auctions because they think the red tape is simply too much. In all honesty, it's about as easy to buy a used fifth wheel at a government auction as it is to buy something on eBay. The main difference is you aren't bidding against nearly as many people. These auctions aren't well advertised and many have starting bids as low as $100. You can find websites that list the times and dates for these auctions, as well as the items that are listed for sale.
Tip #5 Be Flexible
Start by considering how you'll use the RV and where you'll store it. Then list your "must haves" and your "nice to haves". Instead of falling in love with a specific model, let yourself get excited about the experience you'll have and the money you'll save. Then give yourself permission to buy a used fifth wheel that best matches your list. And go have some fun!