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Old 05-02-2011, 10:00 PM   #15
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Yes what a world, It cost's almost $20.00 a day now to take the kid back and forth to school. That's using the Toyota don't even think about driving the f150. I wish I was driving back and forth to work, but what work, there is no work.
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Old 05-02-2011, 11:07 PM   #16
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Funny enough history has just been made tonight in that for the first time a member of the Green Party has been elected to our House of Commons. No suprise they are from coastal B.C.
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Old 05-02-2011, 11:14 PM   #17
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As was pointed out, prices go up somewhat in spring with the approach of camping season... because demand goes up. But at some point I would think that the used trailer prices would top out, based on what a new one costs. Paying 1/3 of new for a 30 year old trailer seems excessive to me... but apparently not to the folks who are buying and paying.

Who would have thought that FG would be such a good investment? Almost like buying gold.
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Old 05-03-2011, 06:52 AM   #18
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Hi: Carol H...Yep we all know the left coast is starting to green up. The north shores of Erie and Ontario are blue but the real surprise is the Quebec orange!!! We may be totally blue in time.
Somehow I don't think the price of fuel will stop us from electing to, get out and enjoy the colourful "Landscape".
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Old 05-03-2011, 07:11 AM   #19
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As camping season gets closer there are certainly more trailers for sale and the prices do seem a bit higher than when I bought back in January.
There is a double edged sword here. While the season for purchasing is upon us the competition is also greater. Therefore the asking prices are not necessarily what the final selling price is.


Wouldn't supprise to to learn that some 80's FG units are selling for near their original cost when new. There are a lot of "Handy" people that can transform an older trailer into a thing of beauty. All they really need is a shell in good shape for their starting point. They have a place to do their work as well as the tools and knowledge. Parts and pieces can be found at good prices, if one knows where to look. Take the labor out and an older unit can be put into excellent shape at reasonable cost.. Problem is that if or when they decide to sell, they have to find someone that can appreciate their work.

For me personally, a complete restoration, with me doing all the labor, would seem overwhelming. But to others it may be an opportunity to create a masterpiece.

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Old 05-03-2011, 08:35 AM   #20
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I have noticed that a base Scamp is now up to $8495 or package price of $9395. So we hope we can get the money we have in our '99 13 foot Scamp, when we decide to sell. Tony
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Old 05-03-2011, 09:56 AM   #21
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I have noticed that a base Scamp is now up to $8495 or package price of $9395. So we hope we can get the money we have in our '99 13 foot Scamp, when we decide to sell. Tony
Wow, I didn't know the price of a base model. We went over budget on ours and after looking at the cost of the trailer and modifications spent around $8000. That was $3000 over a guessed budget, but at least it was spread over two years. I'm not thinking of sellng, but at these prices I shouldn't have to much problem getting my money back. When I built it, re-sale was not in the back of my mind, just enjoying the heck out of it.
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Old 05-03-2011, 12:22 PM   #22
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Danny, yours is more beautiful and functional than anything off any assembly line! That makes your unit more valuable. I'd pay more for better function and comfort and is the only reason we're going new b/c nothing used exists with a floorplan we need. Where I'm surprised is sellers asking premium prices for a 30+ yr old trailer that has had nothing done to it and it's been sitting in the elements all it's life and it shows. Especially when the ad says the windows and vent leak or have leaked and need repaired. I'd pay $5-$6K for a well done trailer that met our needs (like yours, Robert Johans and Mark's caliber of work and I may be leaving our others but those come to mind) but I wouldnt pay $4500-$5K for something needing repair when the cost of new is less than $10K.
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Old 05-03-2011, 12:48 PM   #23
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Thanks for the kind words Melissab. I'm looking foreward to seeing photo's of your trailer when you pick it up and start using it.
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Old 05-03-2011, 01:28 PM   #24
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Yup Alf I suspect next time we will see more green patches popping up across the country now that its been proven possible to get a seat in the big house. The greener we get the more my Scamp stands out as one of my better investments! Big chuncks of the far west also went blue to match the ocean for the first time in a long time (if ever). No suprise as one only had to look south to realize we havent done all that bad over the past few years. Yes seeing teal go so far out of fashion in Quebec was indeed a highlight of my evening!

I too am happy so many spent their limited gas money to get out and have a say in what colours they wanted our beautiful country to be painted. Now let the complaining begin!
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Where I'm surprised is sellers asking premium prices for a 30+ yr old trailer that has had nothing done to it and it's been sitting in the elements all it's life and it shows. Especially when the ad says the windows and vent leak or have leaked and need repaired.
I'm not really surprised, it's a phenomenon I've seen play out over and over. I call it the "Me Too" effect. Some people cannot make the distinction that condition matters when they stumble over an example of the latest Hot Item.
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Old 05-03-2011, 05:05 PM   #26
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I have noticed that a base Scamp is now up to $8495 or package price of $9395. So we hope we can get the money we have in our '99 13 foot Scamp, when we decide to sell. Tony
Base price is for a pretty basic trailer, a nicely equipped 13 would be more like $12,000 to $13,000.
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Glad I got my Scamp when I did. $3,500 seemed fair to me. It was in so-so condition, but camp-able. After spending a little time and money on it, I feel that it could sell for $5,000. With high gas prices and a weak economy, a lot of people are turning to less expensive family vacations these days. The only problem is that campgrounds are probably more expensive than people remember from 20-30 years ago... But still better than hotels.

People are also buying smaller vehicles... Even if they are still trucks and SUVs in many case, they have lower tow ratings (and most people are a bit timid about their first towing experience), so these trailers offer quite a bit of value. As Mike mentioned, if a nice one sells for $5,000+, everyone with a beater is going to try to get in on it. A lot of buyers won't be savvy enough to tell the difference.
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With high gas prices and a weak economy, a lot of people are turning to less expensive family vacations these days. The only problem is that campgrounds are probably more expensive than people remember from 20-30 years ago... But still better than hotels.

People are also buying smaller vehicles... Even if they are still trucks and SUVs in many case, they have lower tow ratings (and most people are a bit timid about their first towing experience), so these trailers offer quite a bit of value.
Agree!

Lately there are huge discounts on conventional trailers but not so with the FG units. This will keep the prices of used FGRVs high.

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