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Old 04-24-2009, 01:46 AM   #1
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Hi all!,

This is an 04' 13' Scamp in Anchorage, AK. My wife really wants one, and its her 50th. It is from an RV renter/dealer, so it may have been a rental?? It is the basic model (no bathroom). I believe it has electric breaks, a heater and an awning. It does have some spider cracks on the outside (see pic).

Any suggestions on fairness of this deal? The bluebook was absurdly low (like $1950 or something).

Input much appreciated!
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Old 04-24-2009, 02:23 AM   #2
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those look like stress cracks in the gel coat. not a big deal to fix. and unless its got water going into it or it is moving should be fine. looks like a nice trailer. the great thing about fiberglass is that its fairly easy to repair.
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Old 04-24-2009, 09:08 AM   #3
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I have rented in the 100s of rental cars...

my motto "Nothing Handles Like a Rental".....

I personally would not buy a used rental anything...and with a trailer.. I am guessing the roads in Alaska are NOT paved with smooth cushiony rubber and marshmallows so nothing ever gets abused?

7k may be appropriate for Alaska, and it is reasonably new. Look it over carefully..
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Old 04-24-2009, 09:35 AM   #4
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It would be hard to find a FG trailer without a stress crack in the gel coat. That could have started when the took the body out of the mold. It also looks like that might be on the same side as the awning.

Grab the buyers check list from the document center and go over the trailer with a fine tooth comb. The numbers on the back might indicate it was a rental. I'm a little surprised a dealer would not clean and polish it up a bit before selling, that might give you a clue as to the maintenance it's received. Chances are they are open to negotiation.
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Old 04-24-2009, 07:46 PM   #5
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Hi: Mike...Check the price of a new one at scamptrailers.com and then figure what price a trip to Backus Mn. would cost???
They might take an offer of $5,k as long as all it needs is a good scrub...but then again every part of them is replaceable and not to expensive.
I sold our former '77 Boler for more... but I did a lot of refurbish and extras.
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Old 04-24-2009, 11:31 PM   #6
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Hi all!,

This is an 04' 13' Scamp in Anchorage, AK. My wife really wants one, and its her 50th. It is from an RV renter/dealer, so it may have been a rental?? It is the basic model (no bathroom). I believe it has electric breaks, a heater and an awning. It does have some spider cracks on the outside (see pic).

Any suggestions on fairness of this deal? The bluebook was absurdly low (like $1950 or something).

Input much appreciated!
I have a 'Special from June 2007' from Scamp for the 13' standard was $7,795, the deluxe package was $8,695. Here is the link for the Scamp site

Hope you have the opportunity to contact Scamp to see if they have any 'specials' right now.

Good luck.

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Old 04-25-2009, 12:08 AM   #7
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It's not a rental, it's a private egg -- Might have been a trade-in or on consignment -- The numbers on the back are a ham radio call sign:

http://wireless2.fcc.gov/UlsApp/UlsSearch/...?licKey=2785676

It looks like the owner did a lot of good mods, like the high brake lights, the extra overhead cabinets fore and aft, the awning, etc.
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Old 04-25-2009, 12:19 AM   #8
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You say 'rental' like it's a bad thing?

I'm sure my 85' U-haul had been rented a time or two, yet it's in like new condition.. Still all original!!

Fiberglass trailers are made like tanks - sturdy, rugged, and just plain cool!!

I say "buy what you like and can afford and make new memories" in it!

Good luck in your journey..
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Old 04-25-2009, 04:31 AM   #9
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Looking at the pictures it might a Standard 13 footer with the Package option as I can see a screen door, refrigerator, silverware drawer, window over stove & city water and then the options of front overhead cabinet & furnace.

My 2001 13 footer Standard with package, no awning, listed at $6680 then added options A/C, gray water tank, 2 speed fan, furnace & front overhead cabinet for a final total of $8020.

If you took my Standard plus package $6680 and added the front overhead cabinet $134, the furnace $320 & the awning price unkown, mine would have been in excess of $7134. So I'd say I wouldn't pay $7000 for the same Scamp even though it's 3 years newer, it's used.

Personally, the trailer is now 5 years old so I'd offer $5000. But it's up to you as to how badly you'd like to have it.
I'd also say that I'm sure these little fiberglass trailers are hard to come by up in Alaska. It's a long ways to the lower 48 to get either a new or used Scamp. See if you can get it for $6000 max. but start at $5000 and go up.
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Old 04-25-2009, 09:38 PM   #10
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Thanks for all the advice, folks. I talked to the owner again, and indeed it was a trade-in. From what I'm seeing, these eggs are hard to come by up here in Alaska. True, I would hate to pay what the scamp cost back in 04' new, but if that is the only option, I might have to go for it.

Again, thanks for all your replys,
Mike.
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Old 04-26-2009, 04:14 AM   #11
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The numbers on the back are a ham radio call sign
Good eyes Pete, nice to know you can track down that info too!

Last used car we bought off a dealer, we tracked down the original owner from info in the service manuals and got a full verbal history on the vehicle, including trade in price. Maybe Mike can do the same for this trailer.
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Old 04-26-2009, 04:22 AM   #12
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The Scamp site says trailers are available for immediate deliver, (no listing to Alaska though).
This page on the web site has pricing.
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Hi: Mike..."My wife really wants one, and it's her 50th." This quote says it all...because I bet She is PRICELESS!!! Go buy the trailer for the best price you can get it and clean it up and go camping...You won't regret it!!! My Sister in law bought my Bro a Mo Ho for his 50th and he just turned 70 and he's on his 3rd. one... but health is becoming an issue NOW!!!
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Old 04-26-2009, 10:49 AM   #14
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I say this only in mock seriousness, but I think I paid about the same price as the original buyer of my 1974 Boler did! (Of course that's different because you can't buy a new Boler for close to that price now; I'm just noting it.)

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PS: I bet Scamp would add on a hefty delivery fee to get to Alaska, wouldn't they? Probably truck to Seattle and then barge/ferry? So that's worth something.

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