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Old 08-02-2014, 11:13 PM   #1
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I saw a 13' Scamp at a home near where I live. How would I find out (without knocking on the door) if the owner is a member of this club? Don't want to break any rules here but would like to see that unit sometime. Any suggestions? Thanks, Bill
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Old 08-03-2014, 12:00 AM   #2
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Take a pic of it in front of the house ( showing both ) and post the pic with your request. But, knocking on the door or leaving a note is probably a better idea.
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Old 08-03-2014, 12:04 AM   #3
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Knock on the door! Majority of rv'ers are very nice and will be more than glad to show off their lil glass trailer. Just don't be creepy! Leave a note with your name, number and a little explanation of your interest in their glass trailer!
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Old 08-03-2014, 12:25 AM   #4
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Knock on the door! Majority of rv'ers are very nice and will be more than glad to show off their lil glass trailer. Just don't be creepy! Leave a note with your name, number and a little explanation of your interest in their glass trailer!
Agreed! I'd feel a little strange to find a picture of my trailer and/or house posted anywhere on the internet (even here), but leave a note on my door with a phone number and I'd be happy to show off my trailer. I'm thinking a note might be better than knocking, since it allows the owner to respond at his/her convenience.
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Old 08-03-2014, 12:49 AM   #5
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I'll probably send them a postcard or leave a note. Long time ago I was real gutsy, probably would knock on the door in a heartbeat....but times have changed. I try to be more considerate now and hesitate to intrude on anyone. It's in a neighbor hood and I'm sure 10 people will see me leave the note, that's a good thing. I'll gladly speak to one of the neighbors just to let them know what I'm doing. Now, if it was in a campground the owner would have no peace until they answered the door! Thanks for your feedback.
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Old 08-03-2014, 01:52 AM   #6
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I think that pretty much all moulded owners kind of expect to be asked questions about our eggs. I know I hit up a few for a peek and info before buying one. All were more than happy to show them. I wondered how long it would be before I was asked. One hour into my first trip at a gas stop, I put a note in the travel log too
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Old 08-03-2014, 06:32 AM   #7
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When I am finally finished working on my 4500 I will have to move it to the overflow parking lot at the other end of the building [with locks and chains]. I will put a note in the window saying it is not for sale. This will save a lot of hassle for the tenants in that wing. People just look for an owner and ask "Is it for sale?".
Knock on the door or stop by if you see them in the yard. Betcha they won't bite.
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Old 08-03-2014, 06:33 AM   #8
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There was a discussion here a while back started by someone that really didn't like people coming on their property and asking if the trailer was for sale, so not everyone wants to be bothered by lookers and questions. We ourselves are not like that and don't mind curious people at campgrounds, gas stations, or rest stops. We get more interest in our teardrop than the Uhaul. There was also a recent discussion over on the tnttt site started by someone annoyed by lookers with questions. Our attitude is we are always open to show our campers and even had a "visitors welcome" sign made for those that are too shy to ask. Rule #1, make the bed as soon as you get out of it, LOL.
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Old 08-03-2014, 06:07 PM   #9
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Ours can be seen from street and we get folks knocking on the door all the time to ask about it. We don't mind. Most want to know if we want to sell, which we don't. I think most of us are used to it.


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Old 08-03-2014, 11:30 PM   #10
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One thing that I have done is print out some FB home pages and have them to give FG owners when I run into them. Just keep a few copies in your car & camper. I tell them there's lots of good info to check out that will help them with the care and maintenance of their unit. It's a good conversation starter. It's surprising how few I run across that know about us.
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Old 08-03-2014, 11:54 PM   #11
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I like the idea of printing out FB home pages. Never thought of that! I always wonder when I see a Scamp or Casita, are they members? Thanks for that tip.
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Old 08-04-2014, 01:15 AM   #12
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Just knock on the door and say HELLO. That's the way we do it in the Teardrop and Vintage Trailer family. Just don't be dressed like a bum.
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Old 08-04-2014, 08:14 AM   #13
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I vote for the note in the mailbox. Let them know that you are interested in looking at the trailer and are interested in learning more about the molded fiberglass. That way they can call you on their schedule if they want to respond. They may not be members here, but might belong to one of the other online groups.

The gentleman that knocked on our door at 6:00 AM one day did not get our typical FGRV friendly response.
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Old 08-04-2014, 09:41 AM   #14
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What works for Moi...

When I spot a trailer of interest I always send a letter, here's why:

1. As we hardly ever get a personal letter any more, it's a unique experience for the recipient. I usually put the trailers name in the address, i.e.; Hunter Owner, 128 Main St, Peoria, IN. And I always include an identifiable return address. With a little extra on-line searching you can often find the occupants name and further personalize the address.

2. A letter gives the recipient something to think about. When you knock on the door, if that thought isn't already in their mind they will say NO. Then, as little as 10 minutes later, after being told about the query, their spouse will help them change their mind, etc. but you will be gone.

3. Scribbled notes with a name and phone number get lost. A letter in an envelope may be set aside for future reference.

4. Scribbled notes are often seen as sent by bargain hunters and are ignored, a letter sends a more serious meaning and you can convey your reasons for interest, such as family camping, your retirement plan/needs etc.

5. A letter gives a potential seller time to scope out the current prices and be able to come up with a reasonable price before responding. Of course that can be good or bad, depending on your reason for asking.

I have gotten a number of follow up calls ranging from, "No thanks, but I will keep you in mind" to "I hadn't thought about selling it until now"

I obtained the Palomino pop-up I just finished rebuilding for my son and daughter-in-law in this manner. But, the seller waited almost a month before they made the decision to sell and called me on the phone. BTW: It was a super deal at their asking price.
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