Originally Posted by Both2Retired
I own an 04 Dodge Hemi 1500 SLT (5.7L engine & 3.92 axle ratio). I found an 06 Solaris T-286 SR (dry wt. = 6659lbs & GVWR - 8600lbs). I'd really like to have a Sunline TT with a slide. The RV dealership is asking $19,805. I'd be trading in our 07 Sunline T-2753.
Three questions. Am I asking too much of my Dodge to pull the 06 T-286?
#2 - Is $19,805 too much?
#3 - What's a fair asking trade-in amount for my T-2753?
Excellent choice John!
#1: If you pack lightly, I suspect you could tow it, but I think I'd see a new TV in your future, like 1-2 years. My biggest concern though is the tongue weight. The fact that you have the HEMI and 3.92 RA will really help, but the weak point will be the rear suspension. Mine weighed in at 1250#'s based on John's calculations at the M&G, and the back storage bin was about half full. We had been there for a day at that point, so I can't remember if we had the front kitchen gray tank empty or not. One nice thing about the 286SR is it has both a gray tank for the kitchen and for the bathroom. You could always add rear air bags to help level out the vehicle, but many disagree with this practice.
#2: IMO, it's a bit on the high side. Dealer invoice on mine brand new was $20,362. The NADA value is about 17 for it, so anywhere around or below there would be good, depending on the condition.
#3: Low Retail NADA is 13, so probably $10-12k is a range in what they'd offer you. Anywhere toward the top of that range would be good for you, especially if they don't come down in the price at all. See if they'll budge on the price of the 286SR first before you even mention the trade.
I'm assuming this is the coach you're looking at?
If so, I can't remember if you have a hinged LP cover, but you may want to remove it and replace it with a standard one before you trade. The same for the tire cover, if this doesn't have a Sunline one on it.
I'd also highly recommend the Reese Dual Cam setup since you'll have to upgrade to 1200# bars anyway.
2007 T-286SR Cherry/Granola, #6236, original owner, current mileage: 9467.8 (as of 5/26/19)
1997 T-2653 Blue Denim, #5471
1979 12 1/2' MC, Beige & Avocado, #4639
Past Sunlines: '97 T-2653 #5089, '94 T-2251, '86 T-1550, '94 T-2363, '98 T-270SR