Please forgive my lurking. I have finallly worked up the nerve to post. Yesterday my husband and I went to look at an Acorn I found in someone's yard. I have so many questions and I'm not sure if the person I could potentially purchase this from is the guy to ask! I don't know what RED FLAGS I should be looking for when purchasing a fiberlglass trailer.
Here are a couple of questions I have for you kind people if you are willing to comply.
First - where is a good place to find parts, including a door. I'm going to need the most bang for my buck.
Secondly - I'm coming to understand that Acorns are elusive. A post in your forum mentions they were made only in 1979 due to a problem with the Scamp name. The fellow I stalked to discuss his camper (it wasn't even for sale!) said this was an '84 or an '85. Does he not know? Wouldn't it be on the title?
Question # 486 - Do 13' Scamp parts fit my (well, it could be mine) trailer?
Stupid Question - He's asking $2500.00. Am I stupid not to jump on this?
Thanks so much for any information you can offer. It's tough out there!
Question 1: Parts are available all over...however they may not be exact replacements. Talk to scamp about the door to see if it would fit. I think I priced them at about $300 for one that I was looking at that needed a door. Ebay has alot of RV parts, quite reasonable. Windows
, if you need them, I have found to be the biggest pain. You will need to do fiberglass modifications if you don't have existing frames. If you do, a local glass shop can replace them.
Question 2: If it's titled, and not considered under a 1000 lbs, it would be on the title
. If somehow the title got lost, and it was retitled, the age wouldn't necessarily be on the title. See if you can find an id plate.
non-stupid question: $2500-$3000 should buy you a camp-able trailer. (Depends upon what you consider camp-worthy) There was a trailer on ebay that needed a door and was gutted, and sold for I think about $800. There is one available, I think it was on this site, that is gutted for $1200. Mine, I got for a song, and paid under $500. Mine needed two new windows
, new flooring, fiberglass repair, new tires
, new stove, new roof top vent, new cushions...but the sink was good!!
There was one post where a guy picked up a trailer for the egg shell, and had to return the frame for $50. Trailers on EBAY are running under $3000, some sell, and some are looking for more.
Question 486: How bad do you want it? You haven't described the types of repairs that it needs, other than the door. My trailer so far: Tires
, $150 Roof vent: $30 Windows
quoted $500, we are trying to do it ourselves...
, Cushions:quoted $550, we are trying to do ourselves..., foam is appx $200, haven't picked a fabric yet...I'm thinking I should have bought ready made cushions...Flooring $100 quote to do ourselves, stove is anywhere from $80-$300 depending upon which one I buy. We haven't even looked at installing a ad/dc converter, 12 V fixtures, A/C...cabinet doors, drapes/shades/blinds...I think if you add up all the costs you start reaching that $2500 pretty quickly.
Can you take pictures inside and out of the trailer that you are looking at? We could probably give you a better idea.