The Perceived "High Prices" of Mfgd. and Custom-built TDs

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Re: The Perceived "High Prices" of Mfgd. and Custom-built TD

Postby Socal Tom » Tue Oct 22, 2013 4:39 pm

I think there are two things being confused here.

When consumer's see something as expensive, that means relative to the alternatives.
$15,000 can get you a small travel trailer with room to sleep 4, a bathroom, a shower, a place to eat dinner ( inside out of the elements).
or it can get you almost 6 month of stays in a hotel. or it can pay for 1/2 of a nice car. or you can get a tear drop that sleeps 2. I paid $24K for my current car and I drive it everyday. I can't justify spending that kind of money for something I use a few times per year, and won't hold a resale value.

The inflation comparisons below just demonstrate that a tear drop has always been expensive.

I was camping last weekend, and the Ranger came by and asked how I like my TD, and what it cost. When I told him I had about $2500 in it, he said the last week a camper was there with a commercial version and he paid $10K. I don't think the other guy will be $7500 more comfortable than me. His will definitely be prettier than mine, but if you are camping in a TD, you probably aren't there to impress the neighbors.

TDs attract economical, do-it-yourself types. And to us $15K is a lot of money. I'm not meaning to disparage anyone who pays for a TD, or those that make them professionally. I wish I could.
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Re: The Perceived "High Prices" of Mfgd. and Custom-built TD

Postby absolutsnwbrdr » Tue Oct 22, 2013 4:39 pm

My X-II is currently on the market, and I got a call at lunch time from someone who must have been driving by my house and stopped to check it out. First thing she asked was how much I wanted for it. I told her what I was asking, and she immediately got this questionable tone in her voice as she said "You want what?? Does it pop up or what? What else comes with it??"

I just laughed (to myself) and calmly went over the laundry list of features and gadgets. Even after that, she said that my asking price was way too high. Just for more laughs, I wanted to ask her to make me an offer because I knew it wouldn't even come close. Instead, I politely thanked her for her inquiry and told her to have a nice day.

Some people think that just because they are small that they are cheap. Oh well, I have no problem hanging on to it for what she probably would have offered. :thumbsup:
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Re: The Perceived "High Prices" of Mfgd. and Custom-built TD

Postby oakinteriors1 » Tue Oct 22, 2013 4:48 pm

Hay guys..have been a cabinet maker (self employed) for 30 + yrs...and the material times 3 is a standard base price in this field..... keep track of your time in building one and see how much per hour you would hope to make if you sold it...But like anything else mass production would cut the cost somewhat..
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Re: The Perceived "High Prices" of Mfgd. and Custom-built TD

Postby cherokeegeorge » Tue Oct 22, 2013 7:55 pm

I purchased my Camp-Inn 8 years ago, Spent a little over 12 grand for it and havn't regreted it for a minute. I've towed it over 15,000 miles and have over 350 nights in it, It's held up beautifully, No leaks and only minor tweaking. I couldn't be more pleased with the craftsmanship and the company itself. Not to mention all these Teardrop manufactures are small business owners building products here in America. I own a small manufacturing business and build thing out of wood all day long and chose to buy because I recognized quality.

As for the resale value, I'm dead serious I think i could get back most of what i payed for it new. Obviously there prices have gone up in 8 years and they have a 6 month waiting list. Just as Kit or Benroy's are considered classics, who to say in 50 years Camp-inn wont be.

I've camped with hundreds of Teardroppers and their's no better peeps to camp with, Whether you build your own or buy a manufactured or rebuild a classic. Who cares, camp in what you like. when your in a tear your buying into a lifestyle :thumbsup:

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Re: The Perceived "High Prices" of Mfgd. and Custom-built TD

Postby Nicolathecat » Wed Oct 23, 2013 3:20 am

Honestly resale value is not a top priority for me. I want a teardrop that with some love and care can be passed down to my daughter and then her daughter. I want a teardrop that is made to be loved and made to last. To me that kind of quality is worth spending money on. Truly I think it comes down to what you value and what you are willing to spend on it.

Again I say bravo to those with the skills and time to build their own. :thumbsup: Since I am not one of those people I will happily pay someone else to make one for me and thank them as I pay.
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