How do I determine market value? - Fiberglass RV

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Old 08-12-2017, 12:21 PM   #1
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How do I determine market value?

How do I know what my trailer is worth when I never see anything close to it being offered for sale?

This forum was a tremendous help in 2014 when I was searching for a FG trailer. In the end, I purchased a lightly used 2014 Trillium Legend M-1300 with the front bunk floor plan. It has one added option: a crank out awning. It's from just before the manufacturer changed and they became Trillium Sidekicks. It is in great condition except that the propane is not working. I will get that fixed before I sell.

Here is the 2014 Sidekick Trillium info, which is the same as my trailer.

I love my "Little Chickadee"! But. I bought it to take to dog agility competitions. My senior agility dogs have passed away. My remaining agility dog has gone blind and is racking up large vet bills as we try to save his life. Agility is not happening in the foreseeable future. I look at my trailer and know selling it could provide the money I owe the vets.

Hard to sell it but as much as I love it, I love my dog even more.

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Old 08-12-2017, 12:31 PM   #2
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Start with the retail value of the trailer when it was new in 2014. Depreciate a small amount per year since, maybe no more than 3 to 4 percent (rough estimate). If you've done any mods which increase the value, take those into account. This should give you a ballpark figure. But remember that at the end of the day, a "fair price" is a price that a willing buyer and a willing seller agree upon.

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Old 08-13-2017, 10:13 AM   #3
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Figure you'll pay $2.00 to $5.00 a pound for a fiberglass trailer based upon the weight of the trailer and the condition of the used USED trailer!

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Old 08-13-2017, 10:31 AM   #4
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We had to determine value of ours for our insurance company. The agent told us to find things for sale "as close as possible," Add in anything you have recent receipts for.

Part of the price is condition of trailer and how desperate you are. Desperation of buyer or seller doesn't lead to their best financial interests, but can influence the price either way.

I'm sorry to hear about your dogs and the vet bills. Hope this works out well for you financially; sorry to hear your trailer is going down the road without you.

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Old 08-13-2017, 01:02 PM   #5
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When newer trailers are listed here they all seem to be selling for close to if not more than a new one. Often suggested is the buyer need not wait or travel far. Seldom do we know the actual selling price but these little trailers sell quickly. Newer Trilliums are rare (my guess about 100-200 made) and 40 year old ones are selling for $5k-$7k. Jalousie windows on all four sides. It's a seller's market, start with what you paid, you can always go lower.
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Old 08-13-2017, 11:14 PM   #6
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Thank you all for the responses. Very helpful!

Short term, I can pull the money from savings to pay the vet bills so I can take my time selling. Eventually I need that money back to live on. Borrowing from myself, in a sense, gives me the time to get my Trillium ready for a new owner and find a buyer.

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