I know our experience was anecdotal, but I had been researching RVs since September, '14 and I was doing this as a hobby thinking about a retirement plan in 10 years. I then got hooked and decided I wanted one in 5 years when our younger daughter graduated from college. Finally, this summer, I decided I wanted an RV in a couple of years, so I focused on smaller travel trailers. In August, I discovered FG rigs and this website/forum. I was hooked on FG eggs.
Still thinking we were two years from getting an egg, we kinda wanted a 13' Scamp, but it was too heavy for our TV. So, if we were going to get a larger used tug, we thought we might as well consider Scamp 16' Deluxes or Casita 17' Deluxes. Loved the idea of the swivel chairs, but we would have been happy with either the Spirit Deluxe or the comparable Scamp.
I thought we would probably end up with the Scamp since it is a lighter than the Casita. In early October, we spent one night at an egg rally
(Land Between the Lakes Fall
Rally). We toured rigs and met WONDERFUL people. LOL, this intensified my desire to own one still thinking it would be a couple of more years.
The next month, we bought our Casita!!! Prior to buying it, we had found a 2003 Scamp 16' Deluxe in Missouri (400 miles) from us. It was only $7,000 firm. I spoke to the owner twice. Older couple. Super nice. Due to my job, it was going to take me 2 weeks to get over there to see it. It was gone by the time I called the owner the 3rd time. Based on my research and conversations, it was a super buy, but who knows. I learned from this experience.
Within the next 24 to 48 hours, an '05 Casita 17' Freedom Deluxe popped up on this website in a small town just northwest of Cincinnati. It was about 240 miles away. My best friend lives in this town! We were scheduled to visit him that weekend! He lived 3.6 miles from the Casita owner! We looked at it. Loved it. Gave him his asking price of $10,300 (a very reasonable price). When we called him the next day after seeing it to make him an offer, I asked if he would be willing to deliver to us since we were agreeing to his price. I had no tow vehicle. He graciously agreed. He was not worried about a deposit. Once I got home, we figured out a delivery date. We corresponded by phone and email. In less than two weeks, he delivered it to our driveway. We went to the bank and took care of the financials. We were even members of the same bank!!! We gave him a U.S. Bank cashier's check and he walked over to the teller and deposited it into his U.S. Bank account! Could not have been easier. The owners even gave us a Casita Warming gift. One of the easiest major purchases I have ever made!!! We plan to rally
with the previous owners in both April and June.
I realize that this is just my experience, but there are cool rigs out there. There are honest folks out there. I agree with all of the advice above regarding needing to move quickly, but cautiously.
Keep us posted,
P.S. - And, those swivel chairs are comfy!