I had a new experience a few months ago.
I had placed a "want -to-buy" ad on craigslist stating that I wanted to buy a Compact Junior. One day I received a call from a man saying that he had a Compact ll that he wanted to sell for $2,500.
He had seen my ad and knowing where he could buy a Compact ll, he bought it cheap (less than $1,000 I believe) thinking he could flip it, and make some money.
Taking the forums "buyers check list" I went to look at the trailer. During my inspection I could see many things that was questionable, and might or would need replacement, plus the door had a large gap at the top when closed.
It was impossible to check any of the electrical
or water systems because the seller had parked the trailer far from any power or water. No battery
When i would point out a defect...the seller would agree...yes, it would need new tires
. Yes, the water pump might not work...yes, the holding tank might have a crack in it...yes, the front window was cracked and needed replacement....yes, the top cloth needed replacement, and yes the LP tank wasn't up to code! Etc, etc, etc!
He readily admitted that he had seen my craigslist ad, and had bought the trailer to resale. He didn't know a single thing about the condition of the trailer, and could care less. He never lied about the trailer...it was "here it is...if you want it...give me $2,500!"
I decided that too many unknown existed for my liking, and after two weeks of talking, I told him I wasn't a buyer at $2,400, and $1,800 was the most i'd pay.. During this time he was in progress of getting a new title
In a day or so, he placed an ad on this forum, and sold the trailer the very next day!
I may have passed on a great buy....or on a turkey! However, only the buyer's of that trailer knows for sure!
I'd like to again thank Bob Miller for being very nice, and answering the dozens of questions I asked him during that period, as i tried to make up my mind whether or not to buy the trailer!