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Old 09-18-2014, 07:53 PM   #1
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Door Knockers

We moved recently, and while I was able to park the Burro in the garage at the old place, the new garage door is too short to accept the trailer (I'll be remedying this in a few weeks by enlarging the garage doorway).

I've had two people knock on my door to ask about the Burro out front at the curb...total strangers who both ended up getting a look inside.

Anyone else have this experience? I mean, we're used to it while traveling, but at home?
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Old 09-18-2014, 08:19 PM   #2
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Tape a sign on or near your door: "No, the trailer is NOT FOR SALE." That should do it.

Or better yet, "5 Minute Trailer Tours: $5.00 Per Person"
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Old 09-18-2014, 09:14 PM   #3
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Yes, I've had someone knock on my door and say, "How much are you asking for it?" - as if the reason it's in the yard is it's for sale... despite there being no for sale sign AND that it had been parked there for months (except for when we had it out camping). Totally weird. (Understand we live in a semi-rural area, without any restrictions about keeping a trailer in the yard, etc.)
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Old 09-18-2014, 09:47 PM   #4
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Used to keep a sign in the window that just said..."No it's not". That answered a lot of questions but still got asked to show it.


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Old 09-18-2014, 11:44 PM   #5
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I must confess - an elderly gentleman who lives across the street from my Mother, and whom I don't think even has a drivers license any longer, has a really cute little vintage Airstream (13'?) parked out front of his house, and we see him occasionally tinkering in and around it. I'd heard he and his late wife used to camp quite a bit before he lost her to some illness. My curiosity finally got the best of me, and I went over and asked him how long he had had the AS, his favorite camping trips, etc., and if he would mind letting me have a quick look inside at the layout. He spent the next 30 minutes showing me the inside of that tiny camper and pointing out everything little thing that his late wife had made or done to make it a special home on wheels for them (which I greatly enjoyed). I left convinced that his tinkering was really just an open invitation for people walking by to stop and visit and give him the chance to reminisce again about his late wife and the wonderful times they had together travelling with that little camper. So I guess one person's annoyance can be another person's desire. And I guess the trick is figuring out which person is which.
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Old 09-18-2014, 11:48 PM   #6
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Great story Dale!
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Old 09-19-2014, 01:44 AM   #7
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We moved recently, and while I was able to park the Burro in the garage at the old place, the new garage door is too short to accept the trailer (I'll be remedying this in a few weeks by enlarging the garage doorway).

I've had two people knock on my door to ask about the Burro out front at the curb...total strangers who both ended up getting a look inside.

Anyone else have this experience? I mean, we're used to it while traveling, but at home?
Our trailer is beside the house under a carport. We moved here 4 years ago and have had several people leave notes, ring the door bell, and stop me when I'm outside asking how much. Our previous house was about 250' from the road and people still came back wanting to buy. Once guy even pulled out a pocked of bills showing me he had cash. I have given numerous tours while we've been at home. Nothing unusual about it, give a tour and enjoy the attention.

I believe any sign saying not for sale or something to that effect would be an invitation to thieves.
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Old 09-19-2014, 05:54 AM   #8
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I love that story Dale! I bet you made the old man's day.

We were on our way home from picking up our Scamp at Backus. We no sooner set up camp at Ft McCoy, WI, when we were approached by a guy that asked to see our trailer. He stepped inside, took one look around, and offered to trade us for his brand new Aliner Classic. He was also on his way home after buying that. We laughed until we figured out he was serious. His trailer cost $2K more than ours. We made it clear that we were happy with our choice and he left.

I'm not sure what it is about these campers that make the owners look so approachable. Complete strangers just come up and start talking to us. It's kind of fun, eh?

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Old 09-19-2014, 07:17 AM   #9
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We just returned from a great two week camping trip with fellow UHaul camper friends, George and Rhonda. Every campground we stopped at, we had folks asking to see our two little campers. I jokingly told Greg, George and Rhonda we needed to start charging admission. In Bar Harbor KOA, I returned to "Paddy" and there was a LONG line of folks in front of our UHaul. The first guy handed me a quarter and said he wanted a tour, this continued, each person in line tried to give a quarter. I kept explaining they did not have to pay. Then, I saw Greg and George yuking it up at the end of the line. (Greg had gone around the campground giving everyone quarters to come ask me for the "25 cent TOUR".)😱😱


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Old 09-19-2014, 08:59 PM   #10
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I tell people that tours are free but 50 cents if they want to use the bathroom.
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Old 09-20-2014, 08:48 AM   #11
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...Then, I saw Greg and George yuking it up at the end of the line. (Greg had gone around the campground giving everyone quarters to come ask me for the "25 cent TOUR".)
Well, that is a really good one, love it!
Let's not forget that the FGRV companies follow a business model that is, in part, based on owners showing the potential owners, instead of exhibiting at the big RV shows. Some owners are willing, some less so. I believe Scamp salesmen always ask for permission to make referrals.
Still chuckling...
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As I am on the corner of a fairly busy street I get a lot of drive-bys that stop in to ask questions about what is currently in my driveway. If it's for sale and/or how to find one are the most common questions and that's fine with me. I have developed several new friends that way and sold two RV's to those drive-by lookers, one who waited & watched progress for almost a year until that rebuild was finished.

On the other side of the coin, I spotted a seemingly unused pop-up tent trailer in a yard and, as no one was home, I sent a blind letter asking if it was for sale. The owner was happy to see it go to a new home. That one proved to be my best buy ever and, after a redo and fix-up, has become my son & his wife's gateway to RV life.

As it now shares my driveway with the Hunter, I now get a few tourists for that one as well.
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Well, that is a really good one, love it!
Let's not forget that the FGRV companies follow a business model that is, in part, based on owners showing the potential owners, instead of exhibiting at the big RV shows. Some owners are willing, some less so. I believe Scamp salesmen always ask for permission to make referrals.
Still chuckling...
Thats a very good point. I was talking with an Escape owner while traveling on Vancouver Island this summer about how many people wanted to tour the trailers. They had not even got the truck and trailer stopped in the ferry line up before they had their first two customers! They told me that they hand out the Escape card with their name and trailer written on the back of it to those who show a real interest in owning one. They have been surprised by how often they have received an unexpected "bonus" in the mail this year from Escape as a result of their having showed off their trailer.
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Old 10-08-2014, 05:02 AM   #14
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Had another 'tour group come through a few days ago...I spent 20 mins showing it off, then referred them to this forum. Maybe they'll get the bug!
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