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Old 11-16-2015, 10:00 AM   #29
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Everybody mentioned the entertainment value, but what about THE HUNT? I'm always on the hunt just for fun.
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Old 11-16-2015, 10:52 AM   #30
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Like yourself there are a lot of people looking for an affordable small trailer and very few on the market. It's called supply and demand. There are maybe 5 or 6 here in the Province of Ontario and many, many searchers. (That's an area bigger than all of Texas. )
We paid $4400 twenty-one years ago and have since changed the axle, painted the exterior, replaced the three way fridge, added a battery and propane tank, made it into a front dinette with permanent bed, reupholstered and re decorated the inside, added a screen door and made numerous other alterations. Why it wouldn't be priced accordingly? What kind of value do you put on upkeep? I'm thinking about new tires this year. It's part of the ongoing process of keeping the Boler in great condition so you can say WOW, look what I got.
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Old 11-16-2015, 11:10 AM   #31
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I do think the used FGRV market is over heated and prices out of line. But it is the market that sets prices, not me. I have always believed, and previously posted as such, that an honest discussion of value/price needs to be a part of this forum. Neither the cheerleaders nor the naysayers tell the true story, but it is somewhere in between and up to each buyer/seller.

A new Scamp like mine would be around 16K, and I would not have one because I would not pay that much. As is I have approximately 7K in my old Scamp paid out over a two year period. That includes the original price and a lot of new materials I put into it (but NOTHING for my labor). The Scamp is easily worth that much to me just for what we get out of using it. I couldn't care less if it is worth that to anybody else since it is not for sale and I did not buy it to flip. I am going to do my best to use it up camping in it!
As soon as I hauled my "new" Burro home a friend said "You paid 3000 for that!" He had sold an old trailer for a lot less he said but it wasn't FG. All i asked him was what do you know about FG trailers? I had been looking for about a year and a half and missed at least 6 of them because someone offered more than the seller wanted or lived closer and drove straight there and grabbed it.

I wanted an older FG trailer because I knew they would weigh less than the wood/metal jobs and I also wanted to strip it of all the heavy particle board etc. and replace it with cedar. I also wanted to make it "my own".

I have a 4 cyl car and want to have the trailer as light as possible. It weighed in at 1140 lbs. I'm hoping to have it weighed before I leave with it this winter.

The only two questions I asked the seller was how is the frame and how is the body. He said pretty good and I said I want it. He was offered 3500 the same day I left to get it but he was a man with integrity.

I have and do enjoy doing work on the trailer. Being retired this is what I've been hoping to do with my time along with camping and seeing the good ol USA.
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Old 11-16-2015, 11:11 AM   #32
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sometimes people do not have the money to buy new..so they buy used and fix it up....
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Old 11-16-2015, 11:13 AM   #33
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Most of us that have an RV use them for enjoyment and have it because of a want not a need. After reading your posts lately I'm not sure what you're trying to say. Are you looking to change RV's? Everyone has a budget of some kind even if a new 50K rig is not a problem. You have a class C rig, not a molded trailer you seem to be happy with. If new rigs of what ever make are over your budget, just saying, so be it, enjoy what you have.
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I have no idea how to change the Class C to moulded MH as our MH is all Gel-coat from the back bumper to the front bumper only difference is I got a frame which most moulded trailers do not have and I have a big V10 in the front end. I have had Moulded Trailers being pulled by tow vehicle and it is something I really do not want to do again unless I can find something small enough for just me or one for my sister in law.
If I could change the Class C to Class A I would but How? to do it?
I get the same problems in a lot of ways that moulded trailers do but in a bigger way than they.
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Old 11-16-2015, 11:20 AM   #34
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In the last 25 years before our new Escape we purchased 2 units one a used 1979 motor home paid 7200 . Had it for 12 years improved with new upholstery, lots of woodworking , a new toilet and sold it for 8900. For a 24 year old unit . Bought a used camper for 3500 . Painted exterior ,new foam in cushions , new toilet, new charger unit just before selling , new refinish on real oak cabinetry , sold that for 5700. 12 years later on a 21 year old unit. Before the motor home purchased new a tent trailer for 3500. Had it for 4 years ,sold it for 4500. My experience is I never intended to make money on my RV's , but if they are clean and taken care of . You will have no trouble selling . In the case of fiberglass they will be around a lot longer due to their construction . There isn't any guarantees if you buy new things won't go wrong . Maybe more so today . I bought a new Escape and still have had to replace and fix some things . (Small things )I still change my trailer to suit me . You purchase what you can afford and go camping . Pat
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Old 11-16-2015, 11:20 AM   #35
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There is "value" and there is "market price". The first is what the seller considers it to be worth, the second is what the seller and buyer agree it is worth.


I would probably sell my 35 year old for $4,500 or so, certainly not less, well once I get the new flooring in anyway :-) That is the price I value it at. Is it worth that to someone? If so it is not over priced or over valued. If not oh well I guess I keep using it :-p
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Old 11-16-2015, 11:21 AM   #36
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sometimes people do not have the money to buy new..so they buy used and fix it up....
Exactly. I didn't have the money to spend for new when I bought mine, especially not since new would have also meant a bigger TV. Someday I will and then I may buy a brand new trailer but right now there are other projects needing my money. But if I waited for that I'd have a lot less camping under my belt. I haven't fixed mine up all that much so the amount spent isn't too high- but it also means mine isn't as nicely set up as the new one would be. I'm okay with that trade-off as I don't see sinking a whole lot of money into it. One day I will get a new trailer or at least recent model.
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Old 11-16-2015, 11:34 AM   #37
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We own a lovely 2007 Bigfoot B17.5CB and saw on the internet a 2008 model sell for $28,000 usd just recently. We were thinking of selling ours but surely not for that kind of money! Even if we listed it for $24,000 cdn with 35% difference in the dollar it be a good deal for our American cousins. We're on the US border at Sumas WA. Not ready to list it yet but when we do it will have all the pistures posted.
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Old 11-16-2015, 11:45 AM   #38
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There is "value" and there is "market price". The first is what the seller considers it to be worth, the second is what the seller and buyer agree it is worth.


I would probably sell my 35 year old for $4,500 or so, certainly not less, well once I get the new flooring in anyway :-) That is the price I value it at. Is it worth that to someone? If so it is not over priced or over valued. If not oh well I guess I keep using it :-p
If one all of sudden says lets sell and puts it on the market at a price that is not what most are currently selling for then it will not sell UNLESS they just put a lot of money into restoring it but they should show that in the add? I know that
even new to older MH's/trailers are not coming down in price like they used to so that is another reason people are looking around for older units and I also not this if priced to high they will not buy them and if dirty and not priced right again who wants a dirty trailer or MH??? not us.
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Old 11-16-2015, 11:48 AM   #39
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I agree with everyone! To explain:
We paid a little too much for our used Trillium. I did check out the market before making an offer and it ranged from 2500 for junk to 6500 for pristine, fully functional, fully restored. We paid somewhere in the middle. I thought the price reasonable, given the market but should have checked the condition of the appliances more carefully. I've also done considerable restoration, including rebuilding the windows so they don't leak, but do enjoy the work. My most expensive repair so far has been for new tires. I'm satisfied with our work-arounds for the furnace and fridge - both electric and less than 200 dollars - but may look at one of the new Propex heaters, if we see the need. And I may add electric brakes. Even including these, however, I won't have spent more than 1500.

A new trailer of similar size at the time ranged from 12 thousand up. Plus options. Plus tax. And I'm guessing that our exchange would make them considerably more now. Moreover, I had trouble finding anything except perhaps a tiny teardrop that weighed less than the tow-limit of our car. Even the overpriced T@B weighs in at around 1700. To tell the truth, our purchase was also a bit of an impulse buy, but considering everything, seems to have been a good one, for us. It's fun, and at the price we paid we don't worry much about things like resale value.

The first good choice that most people here seems to have made however is to buy small. I call our egg, "Little Green", partly because I've replaced the orange stripe with green, and partly as a subliminal message that we don't need to bring our entire house along to the camp ground - towed by a gas-guzzling monster! Full timers might be an exception, but surely most of us can at least try to conserve!
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Old 11-16-2015, 11:56 AM   #40
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I have no idea how to change the Class C to moulded MH as our MH is all Gel-coat from the back bumper to the front bumper only difference is I got a frame which most moulded trailers do not have and I have a big V10 in the front end. I have had Moulded Trailers being pulled by tow vehicle and it is something I really do not want to do again unless I can find something small enough for just me or one for my sister in law.
If I could change the Class C to Class A I would but How? to do it?
I get the same problems in a lot of ways that moulded trailers do but in a bigger way than they.
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First, I can't find any references for what a "G30 Elite" even looks like, but I have never seen a class "C" that was molded fiberglass and also had a V10 engine. Tell us more about that.

Moreover, with but one exception, I don't know of any FGRV's than don't have a frame. That's sorta like "Boneless Chicken".
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Old 11-16-2015, 12:46 PM   #41
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In case someone wants a very cool Biod, there's one for sale at

"Beter Is Ons Devies" :: Onderwerp bekijken - BIOD EXTASE

If you're on the eastern seaboard, transport would not be that expensive :-)

This might be off topic, but the pictures are great!
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Old 11-16-2015, 12:48 PM   #42
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I've had both.. well, still have both. I bought the 1988 16' Scamp when I was really looking for a 13'. Thought that was what I could afford. Funny how that happens!


Then decided it was time for something bigger with a better layout (for me) for longer, much longer trips. Had Escape build me Ten Forward to MY wants. ZERO regrets. Although since I've owned it for 16 months I guess it could be considered a used trailer, but it's still new to me. Just got home from camping for four days... NIRVANA!


The only time I've ever worried about what a car/trailer costs is when I know I'll be selling it in the future. My Escape 5er is going to be an estate problem for my daughter


I say buy what you want, can afford and your tug can pull. And I hope you have as much fun as I do!
this is exactly what I just did. I don't want a huge truck as a tow vehicle so wanted a lightweight FG trailer that was big enough for my purposes. I researched FG trailers during the last year of my career and for a long list of reasons the Escape 19 was my first choice. But I did not like the waiting list for a new one and was going to settle for a Casita 17. Then an Escape 19 popped up for sale and only 40 miles from where I live. And it had ALL the options I wanted. Expensive but as a single, never married man recently retired I guess its a matter of perspective, I could easily afford it. I did try to talk the owner down in price but the interest in this particular trailer was so high (7 calls in less than one day from listing) I couldn't let it slip away. I probably paid $3K to $4K more than its really worth but the market is what it is and that did not really bother me. Like you I have no intention of ever selling it and if I ever did it would be to replace it with a new version of exactly the same Escape trailer. I guess my situation is a special circumstance that probably would not apply to most.
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