Originally Posted by rvdevdiva
Jumping on a flight to look at a trailer isn't something I can easily do.
If that truly is the situation then WHY are YOU looking at trailers beyond driving distance for you to PERSONALLY look at trailers in which you have an interest???
Yes I am picking on you a little bit.
I see this ALL the time in the vintage car world of which I have been a part of for years. People want a certain car/trailer and look all over the country for what they want however they are NOT willing to put in the effort needed to get what they want on a long distance purchase and not get screwed!!!
It's not that most folks are "Unable" to personally go look at a long distance from them vehicle or in this situation a trailer it's that they are "Unwilling" to personally go look at that vehicle or trailer. IF that truly is your situation take the advice given above and HIRE AN INSPECTOR who has YOUR Best Interest's in mind.
Not at all. This inspection could save you THOUSAND'S of Dollars!
Expect to spend $250-$500 for this service from a recognized impartial professional. This will be the best money you will spend in the buying process for your new to you fiberglass trailer.
You did not mention your personal expertise as it relates to fiberglass trailers. You might find that hiring an inspector to look at a LOCAL trailer in which you have an interest might also be a GREAT expenditure as the inspector will have the knowledge of what to look at and experience of where to look for these problems that you may not have when looking at a fiberglass trailer.
I have said for years in the classic car world that for every $10K you are willing to spend for an old car budget $1,000 for travel to look at cars. Spend $20K on the car budget $2K for travel to look at cars. The same holds true for fiberglass trailers.
Why would you do this? I'll tell you why.
If you look at enough of whatever you want (in this situation a fiberglass trailer) you WILL find the one poor SOB with a really nice fiberglass trailer that really needs to sell and you will get a MUCH better deal that will more than make up for the expenditure you spent on travel to go look at the trailer. It truly does work every time!
Spend some time reading this site and will see time and time again the repairs that new owners must make to their new to them fiberglass trailer purchase that they were unaware of. Why? Most folks really do not know what they are looking at. That's where the professional inspection service comes in. That service gives you the knowledge to be a better buyer and truly KNOW what it is you are agreeing to purchase. Once again money well spent!
Another point to consider when purchasing a trailer from a RV DEALER who is a Long Distance away from you. Dealers FAR away from will give you a much better "Deal" on that trailer than a "Local Yocal" walking in their door. WHY? They know that they will NEVER see you or that trailer again as you will NOT be back for repairs or problems they did not disclose. That's why they have a "Smokin" deal on that trailer just for YOU!
Above all make your search and the purchase process FUN for you and your family and not the nightmare that some folks experience once they have their "New" trailer at home!!!