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Old 10-24-2020, 01:41 PM   #1
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Sitting on a Pot of Gold?

I realize these are prime locations, but when I clicked on the ads, I did expect something pretty special.

2000 Scamp 13 $12,500

1979 Scamp 13 $11,500

What do you think? Flippers trying to make a buck off the recent run-up in prices?

Can I find a safe-deposit box big enough for my Scamp?
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Old 10-24-2020, 03:15 PM   #2
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Sellers are counting on the 12 + month backlog right now at Scamp. Dreamland pricing, but one is in CA. You never know what someone there may pay.

Does appear what used to be in the $5,000 to $6,000 price range is now more like $7,000 to $8,000.

Manufacturers are also pushing new prices up. Glad I am not looking right now.
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Old 10-24-2020, 03:45 PM   #3
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Sellers are counting on the 12 + month backlog right now at Scamp. Dreamland pricing, but one is in CA. You never know what someone there may pay.

Does appear what used to be in the $5,000 to $6,000 price range is now more like $7,000 to $8,000.

Manufacturers are also pushing new prices up. Glad I am not looking right now.
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Old 10-25-2020, 06:38 AM   #4
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I don't know Jon, could pay for your kid's college! Well, maybe the fees!

Yes, short term thinking for sure. Right now Vermont is seeing a real estate boom. Low Covid numbers and every one wants to live here. Houses are selling sight unseen. We'll see how keen they are in the Spring. After mud season!
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Old 10-25-2020, 07:35 AM   #5
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I don't know Jon, could pay for your kid's college! Well, maybe the fees!

Yes, short term thinking for sure. Right now Vermont is seeing a real estate boom. Low Covid numbers and every one wants to live here. Houses are selling sight unseen. We'll see how keen they are in the Spring. After mud season!
Honestly I did consider (again) selling the Roadtrek. Class B’s are also in high demand right now. But for us that would be a one-way decision; I don’t see us ever owning something like that again. And ironically, having too much cash in the bank works against you when it comes to college. At least for now, it’s a little pot of gold that doesn’t get reported on the college financial aid forms. Next year it could be all different, hoping so!

I have never even for a second considered selling the Scamp.
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Old 11-02-2020, 11:13 AM   #6
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Honestly I did consider (again) selling the Roadtrek. Class B’s are also in high demand right now. But for us that would be a one-way decision; I don’t see us ever owning something like that again. And ironically, having too much cash in the bank works against you when it comes to college. At least for now, it’s a little pot of gold that doesn’t get reported on the college financial aid forms. Next year it could be all different, hoping so!

I have never even for a second considered selling the Scamp.
Strange how we get attached to things. Feel certain I can get considerable more for our 2002 Casita that we bought in 2011. And sit it out for a year or so until all those 1st time buyers decide camping isn't for them. Then we can get a much later model.

But we have made this one "OURS" with mods. So it likely to be here for the duration. (Unless someone wants it ( REALLY) bad) ��
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Old 11-08-2020, 07:46 AM   #7
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Latest jaw-dropper is a 2005 layout 1 listed at $15.5K. At least this one appears to be well cared for and tastefully updated. That’s nearly twice it’s original MSRP with options.

https://www.fiberglass-rv-4sale.com/...00-portland-or

I’ve been noticing a similar run-up in prices of Casita 17’s.
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Old 11-19-2020, 07:33 AM   #8
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Just when I think it can’t go any higher...

https://www.fiberglass-rv-4sale.com/...-costa-mesa-ca
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Old 11-19-2020, 08:39 AM   #9
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Watch when people start selling their spot in line with Scamp. Happened with Harleys back in the day. Lets see, $500 deposit, sell your spot for $2500.... It's coming.
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Someone just listed a 2019 Happier Camper for $37000 ca. I'm not sure what a new one with listed options would cost but not having to wait is mentioned.
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Someone just listed a 2019 Happier Camper for $37000 ca. I'm not sure what a new one with listed options would cost but not having to wait is mentioned.
Price might drop a tad in a few years. Like to $3700
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Well, our house dropped in sale value from 2005 to 2019 about 25%, so itís probably coming in the used trailer market, too.
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The circumstances and causes are different (compared to the real estate crash of 2008), but yes, a bubble eventually bursts. If there is a lot of subprime stuff going on in the RV market and people cannot afford what they’re buying now, the bust will be sudden and severe. Otherwise I foresee a gentler post-COVID correction.

In any case I don’t expect the bottom to fall out of the used molded fiberglass market nor “fire-sale” deals. I wouldn’t be surprised by a downward correction, perhaps by fall 2021.
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Old 11-22-2020, 03:18 PM   #14
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I suspect the pendulum will swing back when folks start feeling comfortable getting back into airplanes and hotel rooms again. With a viable vaccine apparently on the near horizon, I fully expect that many folks will quickly give up RVing as they find that the experience is not in full accord with the images marketed by the industry.

It has been said that they don't sell RV's, they sell a dream. I expect there will be an awakening after folks have found how difficult it is to get a site, to pack and travel, and have experienced the lack of internet connectivity, novelties, and entertainment offered by amusement-parks, urban destinations, etc.

At least I hope so.
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Old 11-22-2020, 03:33 PM   #15
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Well, its definitely pot of gold time, based on prices above! If you are considering selling, do it now, as the bubble will burst. As always, the "best" way to get money out of a RV is to use it, and gain priceless experiences!
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Old 12-03-2020, 06:27 PM   #16
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We are upgrading for 13’ to 19’ Scamp, and people are HOUNDING is for the little one! Family, friends, people online, it’s crazy! We posted in a Facebook group looking for the 19’, and got 20+ messages, not about the 19’, but about the 13’ that people want to buy from us!!! I’m thinking we should just hold onto it for once the kids grow up and we wanna cruse around in the smaller one again. Seems like it might be hard to get my hands back on a little one...
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We sold our 05 Scamp last month, but only because we picked up a new Escape last month and needed the room in our driveway. The Covid demand made it easier and quicker to sell, especially since I only asked what I considered a fair price rather than an inflated price. I even had offers of a couple thousand more than what I sold it for from other callers!
I put it on the internet before going to bed at night and had a buyer the next morning. It worked out well for both of us, they live in Michigan, and we live in GA, but they saved a bit of driving because they picked it up at a rally we attended in TN. They got to meet some other fiberglass campers and then they spent two nights in the same spot we left (after I took the Scamp to the dump station and showed them how to do it).
Technically, our last night in the Scamp was actually in their Scamp, since they payed us on Sunday and we left on Monday.

Escape now has deliveries scheduled in 2022 but they did not raise prices on the 2021 models. Hard to believe I ordered the Escape June 30 and could have had a September delivery at that time! I chose December 14, and 10 days later changed my mind but they had filled almost 2 months of orders in those ten days, so I had to settle for late Oct delivery.

It seemed strange returning from the rally without our Scamp in tow.
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buyers on this forum are not as big of idiots as some sellers who are price gouging seem to think. People come here to help them figure out what the real prices are.
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buyers on this forum are not as big of idiots as some sellers who are price gouging seem to think. People come here to help them figure out what the real prices are.
I disagree. I've contacted many sellers making them offers and their response is always the same. "I listed it three hours ago, obviously it's sold already!" or "I'm asking $16,000 and three people are already offering me more!".

I had a seller earlier this year who was willing to reason with me, but someone offered him his asking price ($14k) for a 6 year old scamp. Insane.

These will be dirt cheap in a other year or two. People are buying them left and right. They will all be on the market end of next year when travel becomes safe and people realize they didn't like camping.

I will get out of my tent some day....
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I donít expect dirt cheap, ever. But a measure of sanity will eventually return when the build time for a new unit drops to a more normal 6-8 months.

But the one thing this pandemic has taught us is we really never know whatís around the next corner.
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