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Old 01-21-2015, 06:42 PM   #1
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Don't know where this question fits in forums...

Looking seriously at Parkliner - got pricing - since semi custom they want FULL PAYMENT UP FRONT - does this make sense? I was thinking it would be like a house - on a draw type thing when being built. % down, % when midway and final when done. What should I do? I do not feel comfortable giving all that money up front when communications have been difficult.
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Old 01-21-2015, 06:51 PM   #2
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Old 01-21-2015, 07:33 PM   #3
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When we ordered our Scamp one year ago, all they required was $500 down, balance due on delivery. Scamps are custom built too. The buyer picks options from a long list and chooses the placement of lights, electrical outlets, etc. Full payment up front, especially to a newer company with a limited track record, wouldn't leave me warm and fuzzy. I have to agree with Darwin.

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Old 01-21-2015, 07:39 PM   #4
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What kind of custom work ? If you backed out would they be stuck with a orphan child? Is it something they can change back very easily? Not that you would back out but if something changed for you in a week or two they don't want to be stuck with something they couldn't sell right away .I would call or send e-mail to have them call you direct .if they want to sell trailers they have to be a little more flexible I could see 20-30% down with another 30% a week into build and the rest when it is delivered . Lil Snoozy ask for 40% down for their trailers .I don't know what Scamp,Casita or the others ask for down payment ? Jim
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Old 01-21-2015, 07:57 PM   #5
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Considering their earlier delivery and warranty issues, I would say it's "Not a good thing".


Right now it's your money. As soon as you give it to them it's their money and you are waiting for delivery from a company that hasn't had all that good a delivery record in the past.


If it's because they need it for operating expenses, you should run away fast. If not, suggest that you put it into an escrow account and let a third party hold the greater amount of the $$$ until delivery.
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Old 01-21-2015, 07:57 PM   #6
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Casita reguires $2000 deposit when you order. I believe Scamp wants $500
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Old 01-21-2015, 07:59 PM   #7
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I put a non-refundable $500 deposit down with Escape Trailer Industries to hold a spot in the production line for Ten Forward. The trailer needed to be 100% paid for before pickup and I sent several payments during the 10 months I waited. ETI would prefer the money about six weeks prior to P/U because of dealing with international currency.
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Old 01-21-2015, 08:26 PM   #8
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Casita reguires $2000 deposit when you order. I believe Scamp wants $500
Scamp sales fellow Wayne told us the $500 deposit was refundable if we changed our mind. We didn't. Got to say that gave us confidence we were dealing with a stand up outfit. Seems sensible since they seldom have any stock and could have easily sold our trailer to another. We did have to present a bank check before we drove away on pick up day. Scamp's long history may allow floating all the manufacturing costs during the 3-4 week build process. Newer manufacturers may need the funds to keep the lights on and wages paid.

My customers don't need deposits and only pay on pick up or shipment. Works for me, probably for the same reasons as Scamp.

A friend put a 50% deposit on a custom boat. Builder never even started on the boat. He turned out to be judgement proof, meaning he had no assets. My friend got an unenforceable judgement and really regrets not investigating more carefully.

Be careful out there.
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Old 01-21-2015, 08:57 PM   #9
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Casita reguires $2000 deposit when you order. I believe Scamp wants $500
I only had to put down $500 when i ordered my casita last year.
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Old 01-21-2015, 09:08 PM   #10
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I think the $500 non-refundable down payment Escape wants to make a custom trailer if quite fair. We made no further payments until pickup, when we handed them a Cashiers Check for the remaining amount that Tammy requested plus a couple hundred extra to cover currency changes. The overage Tammy refunded back onto our credit card.
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Old 01-21-2015, 10:30 PM   #11
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Speaking from experience, I learned the hard way. Don't ever give a business all the money up front. (on a barn)
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Old 01-21-2015, 11:52 PM   #13
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What if the company goes bankrupt before your trailer is done? I think it is a bad sign that all $$ are required up front. Red flag!
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I do not feel comfortable giving all that money up front when communications have been difficult.
Did you tell them that? I would. We live in a connected world and poor past performance becomes common knowledge quickly. Even if there had not been problems unless you are willing to settle for an " I'm sorry" in place of your trailer, don't do it. Too many things can go wrong. Without knowing what you want done, it is difficult to make a suggestion but most outfits will leave some things out if you don't want them. Then you can "customize" locally. Hope it works out, Raz
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