New to this forum and wondering how I can figure out how to value this vintage trailer, a '55 13" Dalton. Only a few were sold online so it's hard for me to pull comparables and have confidence if the $12,000 price tag is reasonable. I'd be driving a long way to buy it!
This type of trailer is repaired by removing/lifting the skins and fixing from the outside in. For this kind of money, there should be pictures to prove what type of repairs were done. If there are no pictures, the proper repairs didn't happen. Interior paint lowers the value of a vintage trailer significantly, something to think about. (the paint is tacky in my opinion) Beware the 6'3" height. There is a very narrow area that is actually 75" tall... The ceiling curves down much lower than that. I also don't think the stove is original. It appears to have 4 burners; did not happen in a 50s canned ham.
I think it is overpriced for what it is. It appears to have been repaired from the inside by GUTTING the trailer. (see trim at the ceiling/wall seams) We do not gut our trailers and there are threads here talking about just that. It is very hard to tell if the J rail has been re-puttied or just painted, as well as the windows.If the roof has been coated, it is a MAJOR RED FLAG.
Here is one of my trailers that was properly repaired: 53hansonlovebug.shutterfly.com/ Click on Pictures and Videos to view the albums. Every build is different but you will see the work done on the frame, new flooring, walls, new panels with welting, etc. Any trailer priced at $5000 and above should have this kind of work done.
Vintage trailer pricing is all over the place. I think this is in the 5-6K range. We are always willing to help but are brutally honest...be warned.
I would keep looking and do some more research. There are 2 trailers in my neck of the woods for a lot less than 12K. Just saying. You can PM me.
Pictures or it didn't happen.
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Vikx, I know the reasons you are saying a coated roof is a "major red flag", but that's not always true. My family has had a 66 Yellowstone since new and I know for certain that the roof came painted with silver coating straight from the factory.
There's a big difference in "painted with silver coating straight from the factory" and slopping today's goop all over a pristine vintage trailer roof...
I stand by what I say: Roof coating is a major RED FLAG.
Most smaller vintage trailers are 75" or less ceiling height. Metzendorfs are particularly low. The larger Spartans, Boles and others sometimes have higher ceilings. They start around 25 feet and are not "light".
Because of the interior paint, I would not buy the Dalton. A fair price is still 5K to me. We'll see what the photos say.
I agree with vikx above. To be perfectly honest, I wouldn’t buy a camper with the painted interior at any price. Too much is hidden that way. And any camper with coating on the roof, I would assume I need a new roof and hope I’m pleasantly surprised by being wrong.
Last Edit: Apr 22, 2021 1:25:14 GMT -8 by nccamper