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Old 11-04-2014, 01:21 PM   #1
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New and Looking at Scamp Today. HELP!

Hello all! I'm new to the camper world and will be looking at a 1983 16' Scamp with a bathroom. It is priced at $7500 but needs general updating. The owner states that it needs new upholstery, which is clear from the photos. But, I can see there is carpet that will need to be replaced. The owner doesn't know if the "potty" works but when hooked up to a water source, the faucet and shower work. Obviously this thing needs a clean up. Does this price seem high?

Any advice on what to look for or ask is appreciated. I've only seen one camper ever (Canned Ham), so I'm afraid of what I don't know. Thanks in advance!
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Old 11-04-2014, 01:45 PM   #2
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Seems high to me - I paid a few thousand less for a 16' with bathroom that was less than 16 years old at the time. Only option it didnt have was AC.

Take a look at Fiberglass-rv-4sale.com under the for sale section and the historical sold section for pricing guidance.
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Old 11-04-2014, 02:06 PM   #3
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a rule of thumb....

and this is one I learned the hard way....so I repeat it everytime I see a post like this.....

you DO NOT want to buy a trailer from an owner that says something like: "I don't know much about RVs but everything seemed to work for me".....if I was to be in the market again and heard that one I would run away...fast.

from reading posts on this site you will see that A LOT of owners are INTIMATELY knowledgeable about their trailers (it's their hobby....they like working on their trailers as much as using them) that is the type of owner you want to buy from...

you say "The owner doesn't know if the "potty" works".....(???) chances are he doesn't know much about all the other systems involved....and there are more than you think (elec, plumbing, suspension, brakes....propane appliances are a science all onto themselves!)

as stated above the price is no "giveaway" either so I'd keep shopping if I was you

good luck in your search.....you might just come across an owner that doesn't know much because of circumstances (like an inheritance maybe).....IF the price was substantially lower than anything else you see on the net for comparables.....I might get interested....but only under those circumstances/valuations...that way you're "covered" in case of surprises....or you might just "hit a home run"
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Old 11-04-2014, 03:18 PM   #4
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Fiberglass RV - Document Center - Buyers Check List

Go to this link and print out the checklist.
If the owner can't prove it works then assume it doesn't and base the value on what is right instead of wrong. Price is high but that doesn't mean that is what it will sell for. Wave a wad of cash in someones nose and you will see the real price. If the owner doesn't know what works and doesn't then they no longer care about the trailer and are ready to get rid of it. Make sure they have valid title in their name or your in for a bunch of hurdles that may never be jumped.
Remember you time has value too. think what it will cost to find another 500 miles away. One local has much more value to you than spending $500 fetching one further away.
Follow your nose if it stinks inside it almost a total gut job to get the smell out. usually rot and mold residing some place. Even if you change your mind on this trailer if its local go see it. the more you see the better you will feel when you find the right one.
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Old 11-04-2014, 03:39 PM   #5
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If you like it and can see yourself doing some refurbishing, maybe offer the seller $4000 and see what he says. I wouldn't pay $7500.
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Old 11-04-2014, 03:53 PM   #6
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Hi Wendy,

I'm new, too. Never owned an RV in my life, but when an owner says they "don't know" if something works, that's a red flag. When's the last time they used this thing? Did they just buy it to flip it?

When hooked to city water, the sink and shower work, but is there a 12V pump? Looks like the non-electric hand pump in the sink, which would mean showers only with hook-ups.

Does it have AC and a furnace? (can't tell from the pictures).

Again, hard to tell from the pics, but it almost looks like the attachment for an awning is there, but not the awning.

I don't see a battery behind the propane tank nor a gravel shield for the window.

Best of luck!

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Old 11-04-2014, 04:20 PM   #7
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Wow these are all great responses! I'm so glad I posted! I'm a house flipper so I'm not afraid of fixing anything up, but I know a lot about houses, nothing about campers. My experience with houses has taught to be nervous about not knowing what I don't know. If that makes any sense. You guys have really helped. I actually rescheduled for tomorrow so we'll see. Even if it is crappy and over priced, at least I'll have seen one up close.

Talking with the owner revealed that he never used the bathroom when he took it out. It has a space heater, window A/C unit, water heater and fridge. I'll def take the checklist with me.

I really appreciate your feedback! Let me know if you guys think of anything else!
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Old 11-04-2014, 04:28 PM   #8
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I would check out where to the front A frame meets the front shell. Some years were prone to frame cracks. I would get down and peer on the interior of this area. Here is a photo of the exterior. You can see this example of reinforcement.
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Old 11-04-2014, 04:41 PM   #9
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I would check out where to the front A frame meets the front shell. Some years were prone to frame cracks. I would get down and peer on the interior of this area. Here is a photo of the exterior. You can see this example of reinforcement.
If it has reinforcement, is that good because it is fixed or should I run away?
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Old 11-04-2014, 04:45 PM   #10
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Not knowing what will and what wont work in the camper could get VERY expensive. Lowes/Home Depot doesnt carry appliances etc for the RV's and the ones that replace them are nearly double of an equal you'd buy for a home. Not to mention...is there any leaks? Rot? Hows the suspension? Tires?

Personally, I'd be afraid of that camper for that price and from the looks of the inside, it's in need of some serious TLC as well.

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Wow these are all great responses! I'm so glad I posted! I'm a house flipper so I'm not afraid of fixing anything up, but I know a lot about houses, nothing about campers. My experience with houses has taught to be nervous about not knowing what I don't know. If that makes any sense. You guys have really helped. I actually rescheduled for tomorrow so we'll see. Even if it is crappy and over priced, at least I'll have seen one up close.

Talking with the owner revealed that he never used the bathroom when he took it out. It has a space heater, window A/C unit, water heater and fridge. I'll def take the checklist with me.

I really appreciate your feedback! Let me know if you guys think of anything else!
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Old 11-04-2014, 04:52 PM   #11
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As other have said, price seems high for condition. You should ask for fridge to be on several hours before visit, they are expensive if not working. Hot water heaters are also expensive if it doesn't work. Check for any soft areas on floor, big project!
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Old 11-04-2014, 06:35 PM   #12
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Hi Wendy,

I'm new, too. Never owned an RV in my life, but when an owner says they "don't know" if something works, that's a red flag.

Bob
Especially if they claim they don't know if the toilet works but they know the shower works! so why did they not try flushing the toilet!! Simple to check push the lever!

Another is if they claim not to know if the fridge works. Ask them to plug the trailer in before you get there to prove the fridge will cool down. Also bring a propane tank that is full with you to check that it works on propane along with the stove.... come for some to claim they don't have propane in the tank as well.
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If it has reinforcement, is that good because it is fixed or should I run away?
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I would check out where to the front A frame meets the front shell. Some years were prone to frame cracks. I would get down and peer on the interior of this area. Here is a photo of the exterior. You can see this example of reinforcement.
This is how the Scamp trailers comes from the factory it has NOT been fixed or reinforced after the fact.
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Different years are have different construction, photo is an google example of the area I was explaining. Google scamp frame cracks for more examples of that same area. I like this trailer and think it's pretty clean for the year. Keep us posted.
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