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Old 08-08-2014, 10:53 AM   #15
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I am in the market for a used scamp and I was wondering if anyone knows what a scamps depreciation rate is? Any ideas? Thanks!
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Best advice I have is to look at the archives of Scamp trailers that have been sold here: Scamp Trailers SOLD | Fiberglass RV's For Sale. As others have observed, after the first few years, condition and location matter more than age. Many have pictures, so you can make some judgments about condition from that.

The prices are asking prices, not selling prices, so you'll have to factor that in. If you follow the listings carefully for a while, you'll see that some sell in a matter of days or even hours - those, it is fairly safe to assume, sold for the full asking price. Overpriced and/or poor condition units may languish for a while. Those probably didn't sell for the full price. In other words, careful observation, combined with some common sense, should give you a fairly accurate gauge of what you might expect to pay for your dream trailer.

Bottom line is that, because it is a small market with most transactions between private parties, there is no reliable source of valuations for used FGRVs.
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Old 08-08-2014, 10:58 AM   #16
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I think that if you pry the Scamp from my cold fingers you'd find my children there first. Both boys have the RVing nature, like being away and enjoy the new.

This one reason fiberglass trailers hold their value. Many of us won't let go of them and end up passing them on to our children. That's plan anyway.
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Old 08-08-2014, 12:52 PM   #17
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I don't think I have ever heard of people taking a sticky totally apart to rebuild the frame and then put it all back together again. Nope that version of insanity is FGRV all the way. And the YouTube videos exists to prove it.

I figure I own something that has given 35+ years of good service and I have some obligation to maintain it. No different than if I owned a classic car, or historic old home. When I'm done it should be in as good of shape as when I got it if not better.
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Old 08-08-2014, 01:12 PM   #18
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I don't think I have ever heard of people taking a sticky totally apart to rebuild the frame and then put it all back together again. Nope that version of insanity is FGRV all the way. And the YouTube videos exists to prove it.
I think if someone did take a sticky apart that far they'd have to completely rebuild it from the frame up when they were done wiht the frame.. there likely wouldn't be much rehabbing possible with what was taken off

As far as depreciation. My 1984 scamp sold for $4495 new. I paid nearly that much for it with 30 years later, but even once you consider what I'll have put into it fixing it up (probably close to $2500 when all is said and done, and I'm only about $900 in at this point) I figure I still come out way ahead compared to buying new, I'll be WAY more familiar with my trailer than I might be if I just bought a new one that didn't need significant work, but more importantly, some of the costlier mods I would be re-doing anyways (mainly regarding solar and the battery bank) no matter the age of the trailer, so buying new doesn't necessarily put me ahead there. If at some point I wanted to sell my trailer I'm confident that getting back what I've put into it won't be too difficult, but I don't plan on selling mine any time soon.

At this point the biggest things I have left to do involves replacing the axle and getting new wheels, and a pair of 6V AGM batteries. I do still have a number of smaller jobs waiting to be completed or in the process of being addressed, but I have already bought supplies/materials for those, all I have left to invest is my time. After that my little scamp will be a solid camper for a good long time, and shouldn't actually need much other than regular preventative maintenance type things

I also feel a bit of a sense of freedom regarding my trailer because it's old and used - I'm not worried about "ruining" anything the way I might if it was newer (or more expensive).
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Old 08-08-2014, 02:03 PM   #19
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Plenty of people have done frame-off restos of stickies. Google "vintage travel trailer" and you'll get plenty of hits, and some are pretty cool...

What you rarely see is an unrestored 40-year-old sticky that is still used regularly for camping. In my mind that's what sets FGRVs apart. They can last decades with only routine maintenance.


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Plenty of people have done frame-off restos of stickies. Google "vintage travel trailer" and you'll get plenty of hits, and some are pretty cool...

What you rarely see is an unrestored 40-year-old sticky that is still used regularly for camping. In my mind that's what sets FGRVs apart. They can last decades with only routine maintenance. Sent from my iPhone using Fiberglass RV
My thoughts too Jon. A restored retro trailer of any kind is well appreciated but compared to any run down eyesore the glass eggs hold their ground.
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Scamp Depreciation Rate? Nope.....

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Hello,

I am in the market for a used scamp and I was wondering if anyone knows what a scamps depreciation rate is? Any ideas? Thanks!
To summarize an answer to the original question:

There is no "Deprecation Rate" for fiberglass trailers beyond the first two years and, depending on current supply and wait time, even that can be zero.

Two years ago, in September no less, we sold a then 10 y.o. 13' Scamp w/bath for $10k. Albeit somewhat updated, that's wasn't all that far from the price of a new one at the time.

Variables on SCAMP pricing will always include:

1. Condition
2. Age (but only slightly)
3. Condition
4. Time of year
5. Condition
6. Location
7. Condition
8. Local Demand
9. Condition
10. Upgrades
11. Condition
12. How quickly the seller wants to sell
13. Condition
14. How bad the buyer wants to buy.

Easy Peasy????
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Old 08-10-2014, 09:19 PM   #22
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With my 2000 Scamp 16 I bought new, I just did straight-line depreciation over 10 years. On my personal balance sheet it has no value now. Clearly, it does have value; what that value is is not very certain.

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A 1991 16ft Scamp should bring $7000 to $8000 depending on condition.
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