Post by pathfinder3081 on May 8, 2014 6:03:04 GMT -8
This is super advice from the experienced folk whom have contributed to this article and this forum. Try to know as much as you can about the trailer you are about to purchase. Try to know about the hiding spots and red flags that are quick to the eye upon inspection. I do not recommend bragging on your knowledge though or pulling out an ice pick. Just be cool and to the point. The PO on our unit went to great length explaining how "Condensation" on the rear and front windows caused the top layer of the Paneling to bubble and roll.
Instead of calling him on it I just "Mmmmm" and nodded my head. If it's bad and showing naked to the eye the sale price should reflect it. If it's bad and hiding you have three options. Call them on it and try to reflect a reduced sale price versus repair cost. Pay out a haggled sales price for it or walk away.
I tried the old, "Thanks a lot anyway" and climbed back into the truck over $200. When I started the Dodge my wife grabbed my wrist.. "I'll give ya the 200" she said. Another potential buyer pulled in behind us as we were completing the offer to purchase note..
We were fortunate, we have been able to camp in our camper since day one. But I paid $2,200 for it to. I have dropped another 1500 in her since then, but that has addressed everything. Almost everything, I still have a few things I want to do. But I will be where I want to be at around $4,000.00 +/- out of pocket. Hours? If I was to look at like Job labor hours? Perhaps 200. Most of them fun, some of them.. not so much. (lol)
So.. It's not all doom and gloom. My advice is not to jump in over your head with a "frame-off" unless you got your game on and nothing else to do for a few weeks. I met a nice guy last week who completed a fine frame off and rebuild in 12 weeks and worked a full time job as well. It was Remarkable.
Find one that is in your budget and skill level. They need to be made safe first and camp able second. They don't have to look "Show-room" finished to go camping in either.
And when you get them up to par and looking good, you'll be surprised what people offer you for it. Good luck and happy hunting.