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Old 09-24-2015, 06:10 PM   #1
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Buying an older model

Hi!
Just wondering about buying an older used Escape camper, and anyone's experiences.
What specifically Should be checked in an older model?
What typically needs to be replaced or updated?
Is there a cut-off model year for most buyers? (Given that it's been stored, used, and updated as needed.)
Age?
What is generally considered to be "too old"?
Is there a linear progression of decreased valuation versus a model year cut off, where the value drops?
If these questions have already been addressed I apologize. My multiple searches did not bring up much information.
Thanks!
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Old 09-24-2015, 06:21 PM   #2
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Best way to answer you is with our recent sale of our 2005 17B. We had a solid price on it and immediately (within hours) had 6 buyers lined up on it. Due to the demand, no price reduction occurred. It was very well maintained, everything worked and didn't need anything unless one just wanted to do something.
As a rule the used Escapes don't dicker much at all, because there is no used inventory and no time to decide whether you want it or not before it's gone.
A different brand of molded fiberglass travel trailer would be more likely to have a better initial price point and some flexibility.
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Old 09-24-2015, 06:34 PM   #3
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We bought a used 2008 Classic 5.0 in 2013. Didn't need to replace anything...which all depends on the previous owner and how they treated the trailer. We did have ETI add a few things to it while it was up there and before we drove up to get it...bathroom window, loft emergency hatch, solar, texas fan, mud flaps.
Oh, we did replace the tires and spare tire cover....it was time....
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I'm not sure when ETI started their first units but most Escapes are less than 10 years old, a relatively young age for fiberglass units. Over on Fiberglass RV, some are 30-40 years old and still going.
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Old 09-24-2015, 07:43 PM   #5
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My 1988 16' Scamp Deluxe is now 27 years old. I'll be able to sell it for more than I initially paid for it, but I have maintained it and done some upgrades.

I'd say, if everything about the trailer from price to layout to condition appeals to you.. buy it. Because if you don't someone else will!
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Old 09-24-2015, 07:49 PM   #6
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Your comments are all so diverse and informative...thank you!
Do you recommend having an "expert" look over the trailer? This is difficult with buying long-distance, however. A prospective buyer would pretty much have to go by the word of the seller as far as the maintenance and upkeep history go.
So, what should a novice look at, and look for, besides the cosmetic things?
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Make sure the appliances all work, ask for any maintenance records, tire and brakes can easily be replaced.
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Over on the fiberglassRV forum they have published a buyers guide. What to look for and a check list to go over when purchasing used.

Buyers Checklist

There has also been suggestions that you might find another forum member to check out an item, particularly if it is some distance away, In reality this does not work because the trailers stay on the market such a short time,
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The trailers with the 4.3 refers do not cool adequately in spite of extensive modifications. Make sure the brackets for the solar panel fix have been installed. And now the mend plates to fix the welding problems on the trailers with 3" box channel frames. 3 strikes and you are out. Problems inherent to design and build quality.
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Old 09-24-2015, 10:16 PM   #10
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The trailers with the 4.3 refers do not cool adequately in spite of extensive modifications. Make sure the brackets for the solar panel fix have been installed. And now the mend plates to fix the welding problems on the trailers with 3" box channel frames. 3 strikes and you are out. Problems inherent to design and build quality.
Excellent! Good guidelines. Yes, I just saw the 3" frame issue. Good to know!
Appreciate the comment!
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