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Old 01-04-2017, 10:00 AM   #15
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I just recently purchased a two year old Casita sight unseen from 425 miles away. This was exactly what I wanted and the newer trailers go so quickly I called her immediately. We agreed upon a price, assuming I was satisfied with her representation of the trailer and I sent a $500 deposit to hold the trailer until I could get there in a month. I was risking the $500 if I wasn't satisfied with it, but that was a risk that I was willing to take to get what I wanted. Everything worked out fine for me.

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Old 01-04-2017, 10:25 AM   #16
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You can see several in a rally like this :

Bigfoot 15B17G.
Towed with Dodge Journey 2012, 3.6 L., 6 speeds.
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Old 01-04-2017, 12:30 PM   #17
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A couple of tips for buying long distance

Watch the ads and get an idea of pricing of the trailer/model/features you wish to buy.
1. Contact owner immediately. Request to hold for 1-2 days so you have time to drive to see it/get it inspected by a third party.

2. If you can't drive, arrange with a trailer sales/service local to the seller. For a small fee, they may inspect the trailer for you. Have them verify title/fax facsimile to you to insure ownership. If owner refuses inspection, move on - something's wrong (ownership, scam, major problems, etc).

3. Arrange with your bank to transfer funds at your request after you agree to buy. The seller and I went to his bank who's mgr contacted my bank mgr and made the transfer of funds. Purchase contracts can be faxed.

4. Do not send any money without inspection/viewing. Contract/title and money exchange should be simultaneous.

Long distance buying can be done. Good luck in finding your trailer.
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Old 01-04-2017, 03:38 PM   #18
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When I found "my" trailer, I drove 1,600 miles...ONE get it. Sent a deposit check to hold it, paid the remainder in cash when I got there.

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Old 01-10-2017, 08:54 AM   #19
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We have purchased one new and four used fiberglass trailers since 2004. The first one was two blocks from our house in Anchorage, Alaska. I noticed that it hadn't moved in two years, so I knocked on the door and asked about it. It had not been listed for sale but the owner wasn't using it anymore and sold it to me the next day. A year later, I made an 8000 mile round trip to Texas to pick up a new Casita I had ordered.

After moving back to the lower 48, I started chasing deals on used Bigfoot trailers. The closest was 500 miles away, then 1100 miles, the most recent about 700 miles. On every one of those, I was ready to hit the road within a day of contacting the owner. I made no advance deposits, but all the owners said they would hold it for me as the first caller and they did. All were reasonably priced within the market at the time, so I didn't insult the sellers with low-ball offers. I have also had the same great experiences as the seller on four trailers with great people coming a long way to buy them from me.
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Old 01-10-2017, 09:08 AM   #20
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I bought my '72 Compact Jr sight unseen, other than photos that the seller posted. Then I drove across several states to go pick it up, and towed it back home without any problems. I got it for what I consider a fair price, both for me and for the seller. I did find that it had a crossbar and two outriggers separated from the frame, but since I had always planned to pull the body from the frame and have it reinforced anyway, it added less than $100 to the cost of the frame alterations. I don't believe the seller was aware of those issues, because I couldn't see them until I actually got the trailer gutted and the floor completely out.

Long story short, there was a moderate amount of damage to the trailer that I wasn't aware of when I bought it, but it wasn't enough to make much of a difference in repairing/renovating it in the long run. I'll end up putting about $3000 into it all told, including the purchase price, and I'll end up with a trailer that has had a frame-off renovation, and is worth at least $4500 or more.

I'd buy long-distance again. You just have to be aware that it's more risky than being able to see things in person.
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Old 01-11-2017, 06:20 PM   #21
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I'm another person who laid down a deposit for a trailer advertised on Craigslist a good distance away from home (Philadelphia to Minneapolis). I didn't haggle on the price, just sent the deposit and showed up to pick up the trailer a week later. The only challenge I had in the deal was that the lights on the trailer were pretty funky and I was super glad I had my dad along for the ride. He'd brought his tool box so we were able to jimmy up a good enough wiring solution to get the thing home.

Would do again, if the trailer I want at some point in the future shows up on the market.

I know a lot of people are automatically suspicious of anything craigslist, and there definitely are scams running out there, but those are usually pretty identifiable, and as long as you can get a seller on the phone and get some "reasonable, sane person" vibes, it's not a super high risk thing. It's just regular folks on craigslist, some total nutjobs but most pretty reasonable.
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Old 01-11-2017, 08:03 PM   #22
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Before you travel accross state lines for a used trailer make sure they have proper documentation in their name. While it may be legal to purchase on only a bill of sale trying to get it registered in your state may be very difficult to near impossible. Dirty paperwork really sucks and can really try your mettle.

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