Originally Posted by Francesca Knowles
I paid $1400.00 for my Trillium
about seven years ago. It came to me in great shape so no "repairs" were necessary, but naturally I had to make "improvements".
That is a GREAT price! Especially considering the condition!
I got a similarly good deal on my first 4500, about a year ago. But I too made "improvements". I have been shopping compulsively since, but have yet to find as good a deal.
When I bought it, I was about to pull the pin and purchase a 19' Bigfoot
for $5500 Then the ad for my trailer popped up. It was in Saskatchewan, so I quit work early, hopped into our travel van and arrived late that night. I slept in the van and met the seller the next morning. She was moving to BC and just wanted to get rid of a trailer that belonged to her parents. I think she looked up the book value and discounted a bit, because it had not been used for a few years and was full of dead bugs. By the time I met her, she had received a lot of calls. But she stuck to her price and I was the first one there with $2000 cash in my hand.
In comparison, the worst deal I made was my last trailer. I purchased it for $1300, and it needs a lot of work. Costs have not been too high so far. I did drive to Seattle to pick up front and rear shelves for that one and dinette cushions for the Wedding Gift. I also drove to Vulcan to get a furnace
for it. Said hi to Spock while my daughter and I were there. I have been sanding for what seems like forever to remove the badly done paint
job, both inside and out. I will have to fibreglass over the hole cut in the side of the trailer, and the kitchen cabinet for the wrong furnace
, that was very badly installed by a PO. Then I will install the correct furnace
. I expect that I will put about $5000 into it, especially since I want to paint
it with a good two part paint
and replace the frame. If I had looked at the frame closer, I would have walked away, but the sun had set, the mosquitoes were fierce and the price seemed low.
I think that luck plays a large part in finding a great deal.