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Old 03-04-2014, 07:41 PM   #1
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Hi All
First ....this is not an ad the trailer is buried in snow right now...
I recently purchased an escape 17 b
So sadly I will be selling my Surfside front kitchen in a few months.
She is very much a work in progress but we have been doing a few improvements each year.
I am trying to decide if i should complete some paint and maybe install a new fridge before i sell or just let her go as is for a little less

Do you think i would get the extra investment back
How long should i wait to sell ...end of May?
What is a fair asking price?

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Old 03-04-2014, 08:01 PM   #2
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Alan is the old fridge still working? If it is I wouldn't spend the extra on replacing it.
If the snow has melted by the end of May that would indeed be a good time to look at listing it ... earlier if you have an early spring thaw!
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Old 03-04-2014, 08:04 PM   #3
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Forgot to add that you can go to Fiberglass-rv-4sale.com to look at current listings - your Surfside would be listed under Other trailers. Also look at the Fiberglass RVs SOLD section to see historical pricing.
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Old 03-04-2014, 08:40 PM   #4
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As Carol said go to fgrv and find the mean price for those sold. I wouldn't replace the frig. You won't get your money back. They can look for a used one.
The picture of your trailer looks great. I would think your trailer will sell at a premium. Painting such things as bumper, wheels, tongue, lp tank, is a plus.
Wash, wax, clean the inside well, make it smell good. Fix the little things.
These simple things will put $100 bills in your wallet.
Set your asking price for more than you want.
Good luck, you will do well!
List it as so as you can.
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Old 03-04-2014, 09:01 PM   #5
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Here's a "you'd think this would be obvious, but..." sort of suggestion.

Clean out misc junk and trash out of it before you take pictures. I've seen soooooo many pictures of trailers for sale where the inside is just plain full of garbage. And these are the pics they want to sell their trailer with?
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Old 03-04-2014, 09:05 PM   #6
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The fridge still works fairly well unless it is quite warm out.
I was going to try a small fan to see if that helped
Just seems like i should finish the "to do" list before i let her go... but maybe not

i sure am going to miss that huge bed

it is supose to warm up to the frezing mark out here on the weekend so i think i will be able to get some heat on and check out the new escape in the driveway finally
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Old 03-04-2014, 09:17 PM   #7
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Dig that thing out and get it listed.
People have been waiting all winter for trailers.
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Old 03-04-2014, 09:57 PM   #8
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The fridge still works fairly well unless it is quite warm out.
I was going to try a small fan to see if that helped
Just seems like i should finish the "to do" list before i let her go... but maybe not
Thats a pretty common issue with all of our fridges. sure wouldn't worry about it.
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Old 03-05-2014, 01:33 AM   #9
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Alan, RV fridges only cool down to a certain degree to outside air temps so yours may be fine. One of the old time RV mechanics here in town (over 40 years) told me one time he could lower my refer temp with no mechanical changes. Just by tilting the rig a couple degrees to the side changed the amonia pressure/flow a bit. I don't remember if it was to the curb or street but I did do it during the summer on one or two trips and it did bring the temp down a bit. Not looking to get into any arguements with anyone, just passing the info on so you can try it yourself to see if it works with your refer.
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Old 03-05-2014, 07:55 AM   #10
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Just by tilting the rig a couple degrees to the side changed the amonia pressure/flow a bit. I don't remember if it was to the curb or street
It would be nice to know which side to raise. Any chance you can ask the old time RV mechanic again?
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Old 03-05-2014, 08:07 AM   #11
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It seems that there is always a ready market for turn-key FGRV's and for "Fixers", everything in between usually results in lots of price haggling.

We have refurbished and sold 4 FGRV's in as many years, promoting each one as being in "TOP" condition. In spite of several calls complaining about high asking prices, every one sold at or above our expectations. At least in our market, there is always someone that has the money and will spend it for a quality unit.

As prices will climb over the next few months, I would take that time to put it in the best possible condition, price it high and let the market determine selling price.

About that refrigerator.... It's sounds like it is building up sediment in the bottom of the boiler and is on it's last legs. As that is a big expense for a new owner, I would suggest looking high and low for a used one to pop in place before selling. A cold refrigerator is a big selling point.

BTW: Tipping or inverting a refrigerator is a temporary fix, the sediment will resettle and clog up everything, sometimes within a few days. It's sorta like the used car dealer that paints the tires to make them look new.
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It would be nice to know which side to raise. Any chance you can ask the old time RV mechanic again?
Think about it..... LP refrigerators are supposed to be operated as level as possible. Tilting it only moves existing sediment out of the way temporarily and allows even more sediment build up. In short, it will get worse faster.

Gotta say, in umpteen years of working on RV's I have heard a lot of ideas for "fixing" an LP refrigerator, but I never heard that one.
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My observations brought me to the conclusion that there is always someone looking for the trailer you have to sell. Some buyers have little cash and prefer to slowly make improvements. Some want a beautiful trailer in top condition that they can take off in right away. Some just enjoy fixing trailers and reselling.

I don't know you well enough to know how much you enjoy fixing. If you do - I'd say dig her out ASAP and get at it! If you don't dig it out reasonably soon, clean her up, make a list of the things that are 'right' and the things that need attention.

The people I know personally who are thinking of buying are already checking.

FWIW - when we sold a trailer we were totally upfront and honest about the condition it was in. It looked pretty bad, fridge, stove, furnace and lights all worked, no water tank. It had been checked over by an RV repair man recently. We wouldn't hesitate to take it on the roads. Buyer was delighted with a lower price for a usable unit that they planned to paint and refit to suit their own needs.
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When I sold a Boler that was having some fridge 'issues' I was just upfront about it, put it in the ad and stated i was taking $500 off the price due to this.
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