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Old 04-26-2014, 10:00 AM   #1
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Has anyone else noticed how high some of the used trailer prices are this spring. I can't believe the prices some people are asking especially for the Escapes. People are asking the same or more for 6+ year old trailers than they paid new!
Plus the people selling a vintage one for $15000 that hasn't even been cleaned on the outside!
Good luck to them if they can get it but it certainly wouldn't be from me.
I know trailer prices in the spring are high but this is crazy,
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Old 04-26-2014, 11:05 AM   #2
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I had noticed it as well. I'm thinking there may be somewhat of a bubble going on - "downsizing," "glamping," and "vintage" anything being trendy right now. However, as fuel prices and CAFE requirements continue to push more people into smaller vehicles, I suspect the days of decent, ready-to-use, sub-$5K eggs are passing! Glad I bought one when I did.

If I were in the market, I wouldn't lose hope. It will just take more patience. You have to be in the right place at the right time.

The upside is that if the current popularity holds, it could attract new manufacturers to the market (as it did in the 70's). That is good for innovation and, eventually, prices.
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Old 04-26-2014, 11:08 AM   #3
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I think Jon nailed it. Makes sense.
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Old 04-26-2014, 11:34 AM   #4
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Even if you get a used one fairly reasonable a few major renos and you can get your investment up to the 5 k mark pretty easy.

i dont expect to get all i have invested back when i sell but iam hoping to get some of it

i got treated pretty fairly when i purchased the new escape and i hope my buyer feels the same when they get Pearl
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Old 04-26-2014, 11:46 AM   #5
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What I find strange is when the sellers either don't take pictures of their trailer or take blurred and out of focus pictures of the very trailer they're trying to sell.
I go to www.fiberglass-rv-4sale.com every day to check on prices and to see what's out there for sale and time and time again I see the same thing. Oh well, to each their own.
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I agree with you Alan. Those who rescue these excellent old trailers and put the time and energy into bringing them up-to-date structurally, mechanically, and aesthetically deserve a reasonable return on their investment. As you say, rarely a full return, but something anyway.

What I am seeing more this year than in the past, and what I think the OP was getting at, are flippers who do nothing or add superficial, cosmetic updates without addressing structural or mechanical problems, and market them as "vintage" with a premium price.

"Not all that glitters is gold," as one of the senior members wisely quotes.
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Old 04-26-2014, 12:25 PM   #7
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J Mac, don't know which would make me more suspicious: no/bad pictures (could just be technical unsophistication) or artfully staged, perhaps photoshopped, images (what are they hiding?). In the end, there's no substitute for an inspection at first hand!
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We are also seeing some economic recovery. 09, 10 and 11 were great yrs to buy used boats, campers, and sports equipment and vehicles for those who still had some discretionary income. Prices do follow demand and lack of same.

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These are good times to buy new FG eggs. They definitely hold their value. By comparison, my 3 year old stickie has probably dropped 40% of its value already.
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What I find strange is when the sellers either don't take pictures of their trailer or take blurred and out of focus pictures of the very trailer they're trying to sell.
I go to www.fiberglass-rv-4sale.com
Most the ads there are ones that Greg has found elsewhere. He is using his search engine knowledge for the benefit of those using the site.
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I am a little suprised at the $5K and up asking prices for 13-footers. I know some of them have been fixed up and are worth that but many are not. I will have a little over $5K in my Scamp 16 when I finish the first round of repairs. But it will have a new axle, brakes, A/C, etc. If you figured any value for my labor I would have a lot more than $5K in it. I could have bought a nice smaller conventional trailer for that and not had to do much of anything, until it fell apart and was not worth fixing. I figure the old Scamp will soldier on into my retirement without too much more major work, but lots of routine maintanence that I would have to do to anything.
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It's a mystery, all right. A mystery wrapped in a riddle surrounded by a conundrum. With a cherry on top!

It's almost as if there was a website or something out there populated by a bunch of folks hyping the type....
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When purchasing, Print and Use the NADA value. (It is low because they do not track private transactions)

When Selling, State NADA doesn't know what they are talking about.
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We are also seeing some economic recovery. 09, 10 and 11 were great yrs to buy used boats, campers, and sports equipment and vehicles for those who still had some discretionary income. Prices do follow demand and lack of same.
I think "some" is the key word. More people have jobs, but incomes have been stagnant as prices of basic necessities have risen, so people are generally more cautious about how they spend. That, and the tightening of credit markets (especially home equity loans) mean people are looking smaller and lower cost. "I'd like to have an RV, and I feel a little more secure about my job situation now, but I don't want to take on debt, or spend a lot, and I don't want to have to buy a new, $30K vehicle to pull it with," sums up where I sense quite a few folks are at. Which brings them to used FGRVs! I sense that while it's still a buyer's market for large, traditional RVs, it has become very much a seller's market for eggs, especially the smaller ones.
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