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Old 10-24-2012, 02:22 PM   #29
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It is a 13' and i think it was the options package.....no brakes and i believe the title is clear......
Though some feel otherwise, I insist on brakes for anything I tow over 500 pounds, so that's something that I would have to install. Good news is that it can be done for less than $500.00- much less if one's a do-it-yourselfer.
Per the cracks on the roof:
I agree that it looks like gelcoat damage, likely caused by snowloading (unless someone had an air conditioner up there that's since been removed). That's most likely only a cosmetic defect. Spraying a good hard stream of water on those cracks would tell you right away if they're through the fiberglass as well.

Bottom line in my at-a-distance opinion:

I think the price too high for a 13 footer, regardless of model year., and that's why the trailer hasn't sold yet.

The trouble with "newer" trailers of this type is actually one of the things that make them so desirable: molded fiberglass doesn't age in the same way that other trailer types do. A thirty-forty year old unit is often just as sound as a five year old unit- sometimes even more sound, depending on the brand/area of the country/care received.

Since the seller contacted you, it sounds like he's pretty eager to sell:

If I really liked the trailer and the Title was clear, I might offer him $5,000.00 cash.

And don't hesitate to turn the tables a bit and tell him you've got "3 or 4 other trailers you're looking at, so he'd better make up his mind!"

Best of luck to you...

Francesca

P.S. ON EDIT

When I described the roof cracks as "cosmetic", I did NOT mean to imply that they needn't be repaired. Especially in freezing climates, water intrusion will cause spreading/widening and they may well creep in any climate. They should be dealt with soon to prevent such spreading, if only by sanding the ends of the present cracks smooth until more permanent repairs can be made.

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Old 10-24-2012, 03:00 PM   #30
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Francesca that is exactly what i did...he told me he wasn't willing to go any lower, but he would drive two and a half of the three and a half hour distance to bring it to me.

I called scamp and they said it was likely gel coat and that was repairable at any body shop and estimated it would be abou $250 if they fixed it...

I don't know though...something still seems off to me.
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Old 10-24-2012, 03:03 PM   #31
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Francesca that is exactly what i did...he told me he wasn't willing to go any lower, but he would drive two and a half of the three and a half hour distance to bring it to me.

I called scamp and they said it was likely gel coat and that was repairable at any body shop and estimated it would be abou $250 if they fixed it...

I don't know though...something still seems off to me.
Wave the cash under his nose and let him sweat!

Did you ask about the Title?

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Old 10-24-2012, 03:12 PM   #32
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and check the vin number on the title
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Old 10-24-2012, 03:16 PM   #33
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For me, '...something still seems off to me..." spells no deal - if I'm not comfortable with what's going down, there's a reason, even if "But I Want It" syndrome is present. I usually let things sit for a week or two, then revisit it - if the unease persists, that settles it.

Pricing is hard to determine, as so many factors are at play; location, condition, buyer/seller urgency, time of the year - all have an impact on asking price and negotiations.

FWIW, I paid $4,500 Cdn for my '74 Trillium 1300, in above average condition - clean, working fridge, stove and furnace, no leaks, no issues. And that's in Newfoundland, where FG Eggs are few and far between, and there tends to be an upcharge because it's on the island....
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Old 10-24-2012, 03:32 PM   #34
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I checked that the title was clear before we went to look at it the first time...i did not, however, check the vin against the title. I would do that before finalizing a deal though. It felt off the first time i looked as well...i will shoot him another offer in a couple of days and see what happens....i know he is anxious to sell it, and i have been looking but it isn't necessary that i purchase one immediately i guess...AND this one doesn't have a couple of things that i really want....so i would have to add that in as well...now i am getting close the cost of a brand new one me thinks.....
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Old 10-24-2012, 03:37 PM   #35
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FWIW, I paid $4,500 Cdn for my '74 Trillium 1300, in above average condition - clean, working fridge, stove and furnace, no leaks, no issues. And that's in Newfoundland, where FG Eggs are few and far between, and there tends to be an upcharge because it's on the island....
Excellent case-in-point...in today's market this sounds like a fair deal.

And I'd like to point out that Trillium interior cabinets are glassed on, in effect making them an integral part of the trailer's body structure. I think this mode of construction superior to the rivet-attachment used by Scamp and others and would place such trailers higher in the dollar-value list, all other things being equal.

But then of course I own a (only one!)Trillium....

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Old 10-24-2012, 03:48 PM   #36
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And that may be part of my issue. I really like the casitas and burros (and probably the uhauls, although i have not actually seen one) because i like the clean look to the fiberglass on the inside....to me the rat fur makes it feel smaller.... i also like the molded in cabinets....do not seem to be many trilliums around here though....
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Old 10-24-2012, 03:51 PM   #37
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FWIW, I paid $4,500 Cdn for my '74 Trillium 1300, in above average condition - clean, working fridge, stove and furnace, no leaks, no issues. And that's in Newfoundland, where FG Eggs are few and far between, and there tends to be an upcharge because it's on the island....
You got a deal! Even in BC where there are lots of Fiberglass trailers you can expect to pay that or more for that age Trillium.
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Old 10-24-2012, 05:49 PM   #38
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Cricket, You didn't mention what's on the inside, does it have a 3way fridge, fantastic fan etc. I didn't see the photo's unless I missed them. Also what is important to you as a camper that you might want in the camper ie. 3way fridge or ice box etc. My point is if you want something more and don't have the know how to add what you want, better off waiting till something else comes along that fits your style better. My self I have bought a few Scamps over the years and fixed them made many mods and resold them. A 2008 isn't very old for a fiberglass trailer, what does a new one cost with the same build? I do know that they have really went up in price over the last couple of years. You can always flash a real low number at the owner then go from there. Point out that its going to need some work, maybe tires etc. Good Luck
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It's pretty bare bones I think...whatever the scamp "options" package is...

Bunks in front, cabinet over the top of them. 3 way fridge (I think I would prefer an icebox), screen door. I think that's it for options. No fantastic fan (which I would like to have), no furnace (that I don't really want anyway). One plug in, sink, stove, water tank and city water inlet, battery, one lp tank....that about sums it up.
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In Calgary, you can expect to pay nearly $20,000 for a brand new 13' Trillium / Outback. Maybe more, depending on options.
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Old 10-24-2012, 06:13 PM   #41
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I think this one is $9200 new....
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It's pretty bare bones I think...whatever the scamp "options" package is...

Bunks in front, cabinet over the top of them. 3 way fridge (I think I would prefer an icebox), screen door. I think that's it for options. No fantastic fan (which I would like to have), no furnace (that I don't really want anyway). One plug in, sink, stove, water tank and city water inlet, battery, one lp tank....that about sums it up.
See personally I would rather have the 3way, and putting in a fantastic fan is not that bad even if you had to pay someone to do it. Screen door is nice to have, sounds like there is only two things you would like to change. One plus being from Minn. is you can always have Scamp do some work on it if you can't. If you don't get this one there will be others , don't fret.
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