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Author Topic: Advice on buying used 2008 Fleetwood Bayside  (Read 6752 times)
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« on: April 30, 2009, 12:57:33 PM »

My sister is considering buying a used 2008 Bayside and has asked my opinion. I've had a pup for 10 years and have been active with these boards and some local camping clubs. She knows I have a lot of knowledge with these things, but I want to get some other opinions as well. I'm a little biased...I really want her to get a pup so we can camp year 'round with her. Basically, this is a floorplan and size she likes. Her main concern was with price and what her not being an original owner will do to the various warranties.

I'd love to hear what some of you have to say about buying a used 2008 Bayside (options include roof-mount Yakima bike rack, awning, 2 batteries, 2 propane tanks, and all the usual comfort features inside) for about $10,000.

Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2009, 01:42:18 PM »

I might offer a little lower if I were her, but used campers are going pretty strong, so it's hard to say in your area what would be a good price. 

As far as the warranty is concerned, if she isn't buying new, there are no warranties.  You can however get a reasonable price on an extended service contract to cover all of the major apliances, and some also cover lift system problems, and vacation compensation if there is a problem, (good luck getting a warranty to cover that in most cases). 

If i were buying something like this I would strongly recommend the contract, cuz you use it once if the fridge takes a dump, it pays for itself.  Plus the roadside service is often included.

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« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2009, 02:35:34 PM »

The seller is a private party and is asking $11k. Where would she inquire about an extended service contract? A dealership? And yes, used campers are going quickly around here from what we can tell. Banks and CUs are not willing to do any lending for a new trailer yet, even with half down and a credit rating over 780!
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« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2009, 02:49:30 PM »

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SDROCKET does know what he's talking about.  I don't have anything useful to add, but good luck.
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« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2009, 03:02:25 PM »

I am a proponent of buying used, you can get so much more for your money and don't have to deal with the depreciation should you decide that you want to do something differently in the future.  I bought my camper used and have had no major problems with it (except for a bum ABS roof which as we all know is a whole different issue).

I also wouldn't worry about an extended warranty.  I think the chances of something major breaking on the camper is pretty low compared to the money you'd have to pay for a warranty.  Plus, a late model camper PLUS the cost of the warranty will probably get you pretty close to just buying a new one outright, which probably defeats the purpose of buying used.

Bottom line ... I say she should go for it.

PS:  I'm assuming no one has heard of any problems with the new Filon roofs, right?  That would be the only sticking point as far as I can see.
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« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2009, 02:05:37 PM »

Well she did it! Wiffy (as she will be known here on the boards) got her 2008 Bayside for a fair price of $10k. We looked at it last night and it is just right for her and her DH. Hopefully this works out great for them!
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« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2009, 04:45:25 PM »

Skip the extended warranty, I haven't fixed anything in the 6 years and 2 Pups.

An older friend of mine had the Bayside for a few years and traded it for a 28' travel trailer, he hated it, wanted his Bayside back.
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« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2009, 07:49:33 PM »

I am happy for your purchase.  I/We own a 2000 Coleman Bayside and although two out of three kids have left, I don't want to "downsize" or change.  The Bayside is a great camper, and I have kept up with its changes over the years. 
Even though my camper is 9 years old, I have been told I can still ask $9000.00 and expect to get it.  So I would say the price you paid was fair.

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« Reply #8 on: May 07, 2009, 05:50:40 AM »

Here Here !!! We have a 06 Bayside and just love it a few mods to suit our purposes and we're golden, haven't had a single problem with it to date, Good luck with your's and Happy Camp'n, I'm sure you'll enjoy everything about it
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« Reply #9 on: May 07, 2009, 05:58:10 AM »

Haven't had much problem with filon roofs at all, so we are good to go there.  Congrats on the new unit, I'm sure you will be very happy with it!! Big Smile
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« Reply #10 on: May 08, 2009, 01:42:29 PM »

Be careful an awning pole does not contact the Filon roof in a wind gust. They pole holes.

In the 30+ campers I have owned I have had 3 appliances break. 1 A/C in manufacturers warranty, 1 A/C out of manufacturers warranty and 1 refrigerator in manufacturers warranty. The appliances are very good in these campers.
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« Reply #11 on: May 09, 2009, 04:47:02 AM »

My wife and I just purchased a 2006 Bayside which had been used a total of 5 times.  We gave $7500 then added an a/c.  We don't really have anything to compare it to, it's our first, but we love it.  I think it was a good choice for us and I'm sure  you will get years of enjoyment out of this unit.
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