A few years ago I made a commitment to buy a 16' Casita
from a woman in Texas.
I had her take pictures of certain areas and verify the exact condition of the trailer in several specific areas before deciding to buy it.
The pictures went a long way toward helping me decide as I was sure they represented the areas I was concerned about.
I sent a deposit via Fedex Next Day to hold the unit till I could get down there.
So I drove down to San Antonio 16 or so hours one way and when I arrived and found the trailer I could not believe my eyes!
What an absolute hunk of junk!!!
She had somehow managed to capture the photos without revealing the true nature of the condition,I WAS SHOCKED TO SAY THE LEAST.
Things got fairly heated and I could easily see the police being called as I was livid.
I guess she just expected me to accept it all and pay her and tow it away.
That is not what happened.
There was even a Camping World Store less than 1 mile from the location and I was afraid the trailer might not make it that far!
The owner seemed dumbfounded with my reaction and could not understand why I was even upset?
There was another Casita
there,17' and much nicer but se refused to work out a deal for that one at all.
I got my deposit back only after threatening her boyfriend with a fight and turned around and left.
some moths later I saw an ebay listing for what was clearly the same trailer but fixed up nicely?
I contacted the seller and he told me of the same exact routine being run on him but he did it anyway and for $1000.00 more than I had agreed to.
He ended up having a new frame made ad after that and many major repairs could not afford to keep the trailer.
Anyway....now i know that I may end up seeing just about anything in person and no matter how careful I have been to qualify the seller as an honest and decent person,I am prepared to walk away if it is not as promised.
It can be a lot of fun but not without its risks.
And this is after buying 5 trailers now ,none local to me.
Each deal has had some issues it seems but that is just part of the adventure I guess.