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Old 09-18-2011, 06:55 PM   #15
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Yeah, photo substitution on the part of the seller = deal-breaker!

The Scamp looks very promising.

Good luck!
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Old 09-18-2011, 08:03 PM   #16
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Better to over pay for a good unit than one that needs major work.
The Scamp looks fine and I have no idea what they sell for new.

I bought a 17" Bigfoot this summer a 1991 in great condition everything worked. I was told the trailer had seen little use and the person I bought from said he was the second owner, first owner never really took it out it mostly sat.
Second owner had been out several times but age/ health issues were in play.
After looking the unit over, checking the furnace and hot water tank, fridge, plumbing, it was clear that it had not been used much very little sign looking at the burners/pilot lights that any use other than the odd weekend and yes these are original.

Long story short he was firm on price and I paid 8800.00 for the unit, am I happy completely, could have waited for something with a better price yes but this unit was in great condition inside. The fellow even had a relative that did upholstery redo all the cushions with vinyl on the backs something that would have cost a great deal.
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Old 09-19-2011, 01:06 PM   #17
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Your initial experiences before and during your visits, along with the price (which is more in line for a really excellent specimen) would put me off buying that Burro... this from a guy who drove almost 600 miles each way to buy his Burro. If there is one or perhaps even a couple of the factors you mentioned speaking against the purchase, maybe still yes, but that one doesn't sound like a bargain.

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Old 09-19-2011, 01:20 PM   #18
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Your initial experiences before and during your visits, along with the price (which is more in line for a really excellent specimen) would put me off buying that Burro... this from a guy who drove almost 600 miles each way to buy his Burro. If there is one or perhaps even a couple of the factors you mentioned speaking against the purchase, maybe still yes, but that one doesn't sound like a bargain.

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Thanks everybody. Yeah, there was so many red flags, if it wasn't for my strong, not completely rational, desire for a Burro ASAP I would have ran , not walked away from that "deal". I don't want to do business with anyone who, A: is trying to deceive me, or B: is so far from seeing the reality of the situation. Not sure which is more a factor here, but I suspect some of both.

I'm all about this Scamp now. Hopefully this will work out. I should be looking at it very soon. Will report back this afternoon....
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Old 09-19-2011, 01:51 PM   #19
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Thanks everybody. Yeah, there was so many red flags, if it wasn't for my strong, not completely rational, desire for a Burro ASAP I would have ran , not walked away from that "deal". I don't want to do business with anyone who, A: is trying to deceive me, or B: is so far from seeing the reality of the situation. Not sure which is more a factor here, but I suspect some of both.

I'm all about this Scamp now. Hopefully this will work out. I should be looking at it very soon. Will report back this afternoon....
When I bought my Burro, the seller tried to underdescribe the camper and discourage me from making the trip so I wouldn't get there and be disappointed. You have to admire that kind of attitude! I also got lots of pictures and detailed information about repairs and renovations in progress, so I felt more confident about the trip and about buying it. Let's face it, for most of us, a purchase of this sort is a significant chunk of change. Keep looking and don't be afraid to walk away from a deal that isn't right. I really wanted a Burro and took almost a year of semi-serious looking to get the right one. JMHO, YMMV!

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Old 09-19-2011, 02:14 PM   #20
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Old 09-19-2011, 03:50 PM   #21
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Yep, found that site. Didn't find it too easy to search so I may have missed something, but didn't find anything close enough.

Looks like I'm getting this Scamp. Just got to get the cash gathered. It looks very solid. There's plenty of little issues, a rusty bolt here. A power converter that needs replacement there ( they have a new one, just not installed). But it's solid and clean. I have no doubt I'd love it.
I did a test tow in a hilly area. Never got over 50mph, but no drama. It felt fine. The seller said, when pulling it up a steep hill, "It's pulling a lot stronger than our element!" Stopping, especially down hill I could tell the brakes were working harder, but not straining. I think the big worry would be getting complacent because it feels so easy.
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Old 09-19-2011, 03:55 PM   #22
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I'd still love a good Burro, but I think the scamp is a better first egg. At least unless you had a really well sorted Burro. So I'll keep my eyes open for one down the line. Maybe when I'm ready to restore or have one restored. But a clean newish scamp I think will be perfect for me now.
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Old 09-19-2011, 03:56 PM   #23
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Dylan,
Glad you found something you like. I think the whole forum is now breathing a collective sigh of relief!
Congrats and best wishes,
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Old 09-19-2011, 04:56 PM   #24
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Not so fast! The automatic Craigslist searcher app on my phone just found a green, newly restored scamp in Santa Monica, maybe 90 minutes drive. Full frame off restoration and new paint by the owner who is a Autobody guy. Only the cushion upholstery and curtains are left to complete the restore. Green in and out apparantly.

I like green, but will that make it hotter in the sun than white??

$6000 sounds pretty good to me.
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Old 09-19-2011, 05:28 PM   #25
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Not so fast! The automatic Craigslist searcher app on my phone just found a green, newly restored scamp in Santa Monica, maybe 90 minutes drive. Full frame off restoration and new paint by the owner who is a Autobody guy. Only the cushion upholstery and curtains are left to complete the restore. Green in and out apparantly.

I like green, but will that make it hotter in the sun than white??

$6000 sounds pretty good to me.
All those prices sound a bit high to me, maybe $1000 or so high. However, prices vary a lot from area to area. You would know what they are like in your area.
I have found that, for the two fibreglass trailers I have bought, that I have to restrain myself from just leaping at the first one I see. That said, I have bought two out of the three trailers that I actually went to see, having driven to Calgary from Edmonton (600 KM round trip ) Alberta each time. However, I reviewed quite a few on the internet and by phone before I went to see one. The third trailer was a 14 foot Surfside in need of serious TLC, and I would have bought that if the seller and I could agree on a price. So, I guess I am just a committed buyer with a tolerant wife. We paid $4500 for the Boler (sold it for $5000 a couple years later with many minor fixes) and $5500 for our current 1980 15 foot Trillium.
Green might be a bit warmer in the sun, but if the Scamp has opening front or back windows the extra ventilation will take care of it.
It sounds like you are having fun. When we sell our house and move to a smaller home for retirement in a couple of years, I am hoping to have space for my own “trailer farm”. Good luck.
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Old 09-19-2011, 05:30 PM   #26
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Good upholstery work is not cheap.
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Old 09-19-2011, 06:38 PM   #27
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You will probably be better off with the Scamp simply because they are still around and have a website that you can order parts from.
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Old 09-19-2011, 07:11 PM   #28
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A brand new Scamp equipped like that 2001 model would probably cost about $9500, unless I've missed some options on it. Personally I like new stuff, but I realize that Minnesota is a long drive for you.
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