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Old 02-22-2003, 06:44 PM   #15
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Well T&J Texas is like a whole nother country, I live in the far east side and midland is about 10 hours from me. I have talked to the owner twice but haven't decided whither or not to drive out there yet. :)
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Old 02-22-2003, 09:01 PM   #16
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I think if it sounds like what you want, and the price is right for you , you should go for it. I mean it's fiberglass so it's fixable. :)
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Old 02-23-2003, 02:19 PM   #17
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buying a trailer

Here's a story for you.
A couple weeks ago I called on a 1975 trillium in Niagra Falls. It was sold. The pictures looked so nice I thought, "when am I ever going to be first caller on something like this?" On Thursday the owner called me and said the previous buyer couldn't come up with the money so it was still for sale. Asking price was $3000 US, which was a little odd as he had sold it for $3500 Canadian the first time. I asked for interior photos. He sent them and they looked ok. I said I wanted it, and was on my way. He promised not to sell it before I got there. We got a trip permit from the DMV and a ball hitch for our 4x4. Drove awhile and got a room. Got up at 5 and made it to Niagra by 2pm. Long story short: the interior was hardly "like new" as stated, call it an unpleasant surprise. Still, we were too tired to haggle and not about to leave it, so we gave the asking price. Did we get a steal? Probably not. Do we love our new project? Yes! We had decided the most important things to us were lightweight and windows. These old Trilliums have the best windows. It tows like a dream. We didn't get caught in the forcasted ice storm. We're happy.
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Old 02-23-2003, 03:53 PM   #18
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Buying a Trailer

Charlie,
If you are 5'9" or taller go for the 17'. Under 5'9" go for the 16'.:wave
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Old 02-23-2003, 08:13 PM   #19
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Our Story....

When Greg and I decided to buy a trailer and had narrowed down to a fibreglass trailer we also decided on what condition level we were looking for. We wanted a true 'handy-man special' because we intended to gut the thing and renovate with our own needs in mind.

We made a list of all the things that could be wrong with the trailer that would not stop us from haggling and buying. The list was long enough that it would be easier to share our "DON'T BUY IT" list....

1. If it's not road worthy to tow home, forget it.

Yup, our standards were pretty low. Anything else was just a price negotiation point.

We found what we were looking for a full day's drive away over the internet (bolerama website). And agreed to 'buy' the trailer sight unseen. We ended up paying $2000 CDN for our egg and got what we paid for..... a handy-man special. :-)

Right now, the egg is in our garage, with all the padding removed, seats removed, wiring removed, plumbing removed.... and soon to have the shell off the frame. We obviously traded elbow-grease for cash.

I think if I was buying something that I didn't intend to gut and redo, I'd have a direct relation between my need to see it first and the price I was paying.... (the higher the price, the more I'd want to see it first). :-)

This, of course, was just my humble $0.02 CDN on this topic.:wave

:-) What ever you end up with, I'm sure you'll love it too.

~ Melanie
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Old 02-25-2003, 09:06 PM   #20
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sight unseen

A risky deal.

We live in OKC, bought one motorhome from an individual on Puget Sound, Washington. Sold another one to a buyer living in Wisconsin. Both worked out good!

BUT..... it took lots of emails, photos, a few of phone calls, and an objective (not emotional) 'gut feeling' that the folks on the other end of the line were OK.

Haggled on the price over the phone with the agreement that if it was 'as described' we had a deal. Only commitment from the other person was that the sale was on hold for whatever reasonable travel time it'd take to see it in person. Then the buyer had the option to back out, or, it was a 'cashiers or certified' check, in full, deal. Clear title guaranteed! No ifs ands or buts!

I would NEVER make a downpayment on an RV 'sight unseen'!
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Old 03-04-2003, 10:26 AM   #21
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Orginally posted by Maggie O.

Here's a story for you.
Asking price was $3000 US, which was a little odd as he had sold it for $3500 Canadian the first time. ------- We're happy.
Glad Maggie brought out the difference between US and CDN dollar rate. The orginal price of $3500 CDN is about $2275 US if I did my math right (in other words, if you walked in to a bank in US with $2275 US dollars and wanted Canadian dollars, they would give you $3500 Canadian dollars, depending on rate that particular day). I'm disappointed my northern neighbor opted to up the price on Maggie and take advantage of the situation like he did. Guess you can run into that anywhere. It appears Maggie did her home work before buying a used trailer in another country, checking with DMV and all. If you write a check on a US bank in Canada or any other foreign country, always specify US funds or Canadian funds. It gives you some protection and locks in the exchange rate to a particular date. Important thing is that Maggie is happy!
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Old 03-04-2003, 11:05 AM   #22
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We have decided to risk it...

Hi Charles, we have decided to take the risk of making a trip for nothing and for (at worst) losing a $500 deposit. We are driving from OR to CO at the end of this month to pick up our "new" 11 year old Scamp 5th wheel. We did LOTS of talking with the owner and his daughter via telephone and email. They sent lots of pictures. We asked lots of questions. We offered him $2000 less than he was asking. When he accepted it, we took the risk. There are not that many 5th wheel Scamps for sale on the west coast. We thought we could pretty much fix anything that needed fixing inside if the need be. The outside looks in almost perfect shape. We have an agreement in writing with him that the camper will be as claimed or we will not buy it.

I think that buying long-distance depends on what type of personality one is. We are usually willing to take some risks in life that others may not readily take. We may get burned on this one. Guess we'll have to wait and see.

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Old 03-04-2003, 12:22 PM   #23
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Congradulations

Hi Nancy. I am glad you found a trailer. It maybe the same trailer i was interested in. I seen it on rvtrader a 5th wheel scamp in colorado talked to the owner and got pictures seemed like a nice trailer but we decided to go with a casita--didnt want to get so close to the towing limit on my ranger truck. I dont know how well the ranger will pull a casita but if it doesnt we can use my wifes explorer an option we wouldnt have with a 5er. I have a verbal commitment on a 17' casita 10 hours from home, i will go thursday and pick it up if it is as stated, if not i will make a 20hr. trip for nothing. But the owner was agreeable enough to deal with me without a deposit so all i have to lose is time and gas which is no little item these days!!!!!!!!! Let me know how your deal turns out, i post my results as soon as i get back. :lol :lol
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Old 03-04-2003, 06:11 PM   #24
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Oh, good luck, Charles on your used Casita. I hope it's exactly what you want. I'll let you know how our "risk" turns out.

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Old 03-05-2003, 08:54 PM   #25
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buying sight unseen

In 2000, when seeking to buy a Boler, I responded to an ad for one in Vancouver. The owner indicated it was in good shape, just repainted the interior etc. I asked the right questions, and the answers pleased me. The next day I drove 300 miles to see it, with the promise that he would not sell it until I appeared. He had my cell number, if he wanted to contact me.

I arrived at the property, and saw an old dilapidated trailer in the yard. Kids used it as a playhouse, and it had a broken frame. He greeted me and told me he had it sold before I got there! I was disappointed in his lack of honesty, but felt the unit was unsafe to tow, and his price was very high for its condition.

I did suceed a few months later in finding one; these people were honest.

I would recommend that the purchaser provide photos, preferably with a digital camera, so you can request close ups or additional photos on short notice.

Good luck in your search
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Old 03-06-2003, 09:27 AM   #26
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For sure on the, Rick. I would have to see a picture. I know it can be edited or not be the real one, but I think MOST are honest. but then there is that one here and there that have trouble with the meaning, or their idea of honest and mine aren't the same.
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Old 03-07-2003, 08:56 AM   #27
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Proud owners

Well i am happy to report that we are the very proud owners of a 98 casita 17' spirit delux after driving over 1000 miles in 30 hours. Praise God for a safe trip with no problems other than a rear tire on my ranger had to be replaced!!!!! The trailer was exactly as described and after looking it over i could not find any reason not to buy it. It was quite a hassle to get my bank to approve the loan without me seeing the trailer and then wait till i seen it before they finalized it, but they did and once i seen it , just a simple phone call to them and i was on the road to east tx. We cant wait to make our first trip! just need to de-winterize it and we must also give her a name-any suggestions? I was thinking mabe Stanleys EggScape? Well we thank everone for their help and suggestions, cant wait to escape in the eggscape!!:cblob :cblob :cblob :cblob :cblob :cblob
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Old 03-07-2003, 02:45 PM   #28
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Woo Hoo!!!

Congratulations, Charlie, to you and your wife on your new arrival! (I'm getting anxious to go get mine soon.) May you have many years of happy traveling!

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