I think this whole discussion really has highlighted the differences that each of us have in regards to what is or isn’t an accurate description of a trailer as well as individual expectations as to what is good value or not
Funny enough the trailer that triggered the original post has found a new owner here and they are very pleased with their find. I suspect I would be to if that was a brand and layout of trailer I had decided I wanted based on the photos and even taking into consideration the comments made in regards to its actual condition made on this thread vs the advertised condition.
I also know my thoughts on it are solely based on personal experiences with fiberglass trailers in BC. I have taken into consideration the fact that there are very few if any 17’ Casita’s for sale
anywhere in Canada, the same as with Scamps. A lot of people are just not willing to take the time to go through the trouble of chasing down a used one in the US and importing it. In the case of the trailer that started the discussion looking through classifieds it appears the price being asked for it in Alberta actually may not have been all that much more, if any, over what may have been asked for it if it was in the US.
If you are in the market in Canada for a used fiberglass trailer in the 16 to 17’ range you are limited in choose. Most commonly found used fiberglass in that range are Bigfoot
17’ & much older 17’ Boler’s and we are now starting to see occasionally Escape
17’ as well. In the Province the trailer that started this discussion was being sold the most commonly found used fiberglass trailer in that size range is the Bigfoot
17’ and one of those of the same age as the trailer that started this discussion sell for $20,000 and more. It also not uncommon for someone to pay $9000 or more in BC for a 25 year old or older 17’ Boler
and sometimes even higher even though they may need more costly work than a good cleaning and replacements of knobs and blinds etc, An asking price in the $13000 range for a 17’ fiberglass trailer rarely found in Canada that is only a few years old would seem to be a pretty good deal to me, even if it did have a bit more wear and tear than what the sellers indicated over the phone. And even though I have first hand experience of importing a trailer and know the process and would not hesitate to do it again if I need to. Yes in the past year we have seen a couple of used Escape
17’ going for a just a few thousand more in BC than the asking price of the Casita
in question but those Escapes were also a number of years older.
Based on the above if someone had asked me my opinion as to whether or not the trailer in question was fairly priced and even if I had seen first hand that it needed the work the OP indicated it did, I would have suggested that if it’s the trailer they really want and were not hoping to do a flip on it tomorrow, I would suggest they grab it fast before someone else does.
Pretty clear we all have different expectations & experiences so it really is an individual thing and its MHO that in many cases the same can be said of sellers. What one seller honestly believes to be a accurate description based on other trailers they have seen or sold, may not be the same for another.