Especially important to check when buying a used RV
The issue of trailer tire age is of utmost importance when looking at a used trailer or motorhome. Last week I went along with a friend to look at a used 1976 AS Land Yacht (23 ft). The interior was pristine, carpets were spotless and like new. However, the exterior was another story.
The AS dealer he contacted told him that if that unit was on his lot he would get $10K for it. What he didn't tell the seller was:
- it needs new clearcoating (total cost ranging from $7K upwards - P&S will want a minimum of $12K)
- need 4 new tires - the ones on there had tire dressing put on so they looked good, but the date code was very old - code was 509 - 3 digits means that it was before 1990!!!!!
- needs new awning canvas
- has no air conditioner and no Fantastic Fan - but has the original 3 vents.
By my calculation, the trailer has a max value of $2,000. However, the old guy selling it who has had it for 30 years can't come to grips with that part of reality.
Incidentally, taking it all into consideration, I told my buddy to max at $5K.
1987 Excella 32-foot
1999 Dodge Ram 2500HD Diesel