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Old 04-26-2016, 07:54 AM   #1
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S. Fla buying in york, pa - help

I am seriously interested in buying a 95 Scamp 16 Ft trailer advertised on Craigslist in York, Pa. I do not want to drive 1120 miles and find it is a scam, or that it has been sold. I also don't know how to provide a deposit in a safe manner to guarantee that the seller will hold it while I drive the 1120 miles. I would GREATLY appreciate any advice that members can provide. I've been searching for a Casita or Scamp that I could afford for a long time and do not want to lose this opportunity. Hoping someone will help me out here. I also read somewhere that a deposit can be held in "Escrow" and wonder how this works and what companies offer this service.
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Old 04-26-2016, 08:56 AM   #2
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start out by getting a phone number so you can talk to someone and get a feel for if it sounds legit. Generally scams will be posted in several areas of the country and I don't see that with this camper. At that price you'll have to move quick. Good luck
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Old 04-26-2016, 09:18 AM   #3
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I found my Scamp on Craigs List three years ago and had many phone conversations with the seller and knew he was legit.

Phone him/her and ask as many questions as you can - what he likes or not, where he took it on his trips, what his tow vehicle is, etc etc. A scammer will sound irritated after a while, whereas an owner will speak to you.
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Old 04-26-2016, 09:22 AM   #4
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Be careful here. Both ad's have some red flags . Low price is one and funky spelling is another.
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Old 04-26-2016, 10:02 AM   #5
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Be careful here. Both ad's have some red flags . Low price is one and funky spelling is another.
I wouldn't put too much weight on bad spelling - my seller misspelled "sperit" in the Craigslist ad for our Casita Spirit Deluxe.

Ads where the price is crudely photoshopped into the picture are often bogus, although dealers sometimes do this.
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Old 04-26-2016, 10:23 AM   #6
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I wouldn't put too much weight on bad spelling - my seller misspelled "sperit" in the Craigslist ad for our Casita Spirit Deluxe.

Ads where the price is crudely photoshopped into the picture are often bogus, although dealers sometimes do this.
Thank you for your advice and for taking the time to respond. I have already encountered no less than 25 scam artists and fortunately have NOT lost any money. The price is of course low if in fact it is in decent shape. I did email him for his phone number and/or asked him to call me. Let's see what happens . . .
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Old 04-26-2016, 10:26 AM   #7
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start out by getting a phone number so you can talk to someone and get a feel for if it sounds legit. Generally scams will be posted in several areas of the country and I don't see that with this camper. At that price you'll have to move quick. Good luck
I'm waiting on a phone number. He did respond to my first email with some more pics and answered a few of my questions. Seller has my phone number and hasn't called me back yet. I am trying to move quick (if there is such a thing with 1120 miles in between us) It could be of course "too good to be true" and I could be in wishful thinking land. Thank you for your advice and for taking the time to respond.
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Old 04-26-2016, 10:28 AM   #8
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I found my Scamp on Craigs List three years ago and had many phone conversations with the seller and knew he was legit.

Phone him/her and ask as many questions as you can - what he likes or not, where he took it on his trips, what his tow vehicle is, etc etc. A scammer will sound irritated after a while, whereas an owner will speak to you.
This is very good advice and I thank you for taking the time to write a response. Still waiting for him to all me.
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Old 04-26-2016, 10:30 AM   #9
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Be careful here. Both ad's have some red flags . Low price is one and funky spelling is another.
I am trying to be careful . . . Yes, the low price was/is a red flag and in spite of this, I have not completely written the seller off. You never really know if today will be one of those good days when something that is too good to be true, ends up actually being true. Thanks again!
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In addition to specific questions about the trailer, ask him for the VIN so you can look it up. Also ask if he has an unencumbered title.
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Old 04-26-2016, 10:34 AM   #11
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SOLD FAST FOR $5500

The seller just emailed me back to say he sold for $5500.
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Old 04-26-2016, 10:52 AM   #12
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He did not call you back because he was too busy counting the money.

Knowing the lack of supply and the overpriced product available on the used market I might suggest to formulate a game plan.

First look at trailers that are closer to you.
Be prepared to move fast...be the first to contact then go and look at the trailer with cash in hand.
Waiting for a call back means he has a buyer on the hook.
Be first or be disappointed.

Option "B" : Expand you search to include all travel trailers including conventional units that are widely available. Florida has one of the largest used travel trailer inventories in the country.

Good Luck.
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I wouldn't put too much weight on bad spelling - my seller misspelled "sperit" in the Craigslist ad for our Casita Spirit Deluxe.

Ads where the price is crudely photoshopped into the picture are often bogus, although dealers sometimes do this.
I looked at the AD. I said funky spelling, not bad. Look at the AD 'you'll see what I mean.
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Old 04-26-2016, 11:00 AM   #14
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He did not call you back because he was too busy counting the money.

Knowing the lack of supply and the overpriced product available on the used market I might suggest to formulate a game plan.

First look at trailers that are closer to you.
Be prepared to move fast...be the first to contact then go and look at the trailer with cash in hand.
Waiting for a call back means he has a buyer on the hook.
Be first or be disappointed.

Option "B" : Expand you search to include all travel trailers including conventional units that are widely available. Florida has one of the largest used travel trailer inventories in the country.

Good Luck.
GOOD ADVICE! and of course it really is somewhat looney to consider a trailer so far from home. What is a "conventional" trailer?
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