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Old 08-16-2008, 10:05 PM   #43
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Hi, This one has a brand new and nice looking Pergo floor, and the story I heard was...
pergo is fine IF it's over a solid subfloor, although pergo does NOT tolerate moisture, it can swell and raise with water contact.

and it is also sometimes used by quickie sellers to HIDE soft spots in the subfloor,

and makes it harder to carefully inspect the subfloor.

so take an ice pic to the inspection, and poke around in closets, under the lav sink and near the walls...

the 'story' u were told about floor materials post 1985 is FALSE.

only a few shorter models have osb (particle board) in recent years.

most factory subfloors are still plywood.

humidity isn't the issue for subfloors, but condensation can be.

actual WATER penetration, of shell/window/door and plumbing leaks will soften even marine grade plywood eventually.

there is no satisfaction in 'told you so' afterward and no substitution for hands on inspection.

taking the unit to a qualified a/s service shop for an inspection is an excellent idea offered in your other thread on this unit.

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Old 08-17-2008, 01:22 AM   #44
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BE CAREFUL.. there was a SCAM like this around eBay not long ago!
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...most factory subfloors are still plywood...
in the last 10 years or so, only the 16s and 22s contain osb sub-flooring, i think.

but my reference to osb vs plywood above, prompted a 'streamer friend to remind me his 34 from '87 has osb too...

which rang a recall-bell about a 92 that does too, at least in the back, under the bed.

the unit is covered some in this thread with pix of the subfloor.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f349...ler-37520.html

all the more strange since this 91 (just a year older) has plywood , from the photos posted.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f36/...ion-35237.html

and my 05/34 definitely has plywood too.

so perhaps they switched around on subflooring materials over the years, and more than once.

maybe one of the regular service and fixer up folks has got the year by year run down, or an email to tech support can clear this up.

u might also get some pricing info from wayne regarding his purchase last year in the linked thread above...

and at the very least these threads point out how even newer units can have surprise repair issues...

not revealed without firsthand inspection.

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Old 08-17-2008, 05:26 AM   #46
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BE CAREFUL.. there was a SCAM like this around eBay not long ago!
SCAM like "this"? Meaning what?

What about this is a scam? Please enlighten me- thanks. I can't see anything wrong with the trailer or the people selling it- please refer which scam.
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Caroline,

Don't get too worked up about the "scam" warnings from other posters. Folks are just looking out for your best interests based on the limited info you have given.

Based on the user name of the UK Ebay lister (highenergy-heavyduty), I think this trailer is being sold by EllieZ and her husband. Here is a link to her Airforums Profile page, Reading over her posts may help you one way or another.

They have offered a lot of trailers for sale to be transported to Europe. IIRC she (and maybe her husband too) play Basketball in Europe.

As far as your other thread regarding what price to pay... I agree with you that it looks like a real nice trailer. My suggestion is to offer what you can afford considering you may need to spend another $5000+ to do repairs. If these are not required then you got a real good deal. If they are required then you got what you paid for.

Whatever you do... don't buy the trailer and then assume because it looks nice on that surface that it does not need the repairs. If you ignore needed repairs, you will find that your beautiful interior will become not-so-beautiful real fast. Even just towing from Jersey to FLA a couple times a year can be hard on a trailer with structural/running gear issues... especially the long ones.

Sorry for the "lecture" It's not meant to suggest that you are not capable... just to educate based the pitfalls of many others that have posted here.

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Caroline,

Don't get too worked up about the "scam" warnings from other posters. Folks are just looking out for your best interests based on the limited info you have given.

Based on the user name of the UK Ebay lister (highenergy-heavyduty), I think this trailer is being sold by EllieZ and her husband. Here is a link to her Airforums Profile page, Reading over her posts may help you one way or another.

They have offered a lot of trailers for sale to be transported to Europe. IIRC she (and maybe her husband too) play Basketball in Europe.

As far as your other thread regarding what price to pay... I agree with you that it looks like a real nice trailer. My suggestion is to offer what you can afford considering you may need to spend another $5000+ to do repairs. If these are not required then you got a real good deal. If they are required then you got what you paid for.

Whatever you do... don't buy the trailer and then assume because it looks nice on that surface that it does not need the repairs. If you ignore needed repairs, you will find that your beautiful interior will become not-so-beautiful real fast. Even just towing from Jersey to FLA a couple times a year can be hard on a trailer with structural/running gear issues... especially the long ones.

Sorry for the "lecture" It's not meant to suggest that you are not capable... just to educate based the pitfalls of many others that have posted here.

Good Luck!
I looked through her posts- she's nice, seems really nice, even though we never met in person. In speaking with her references- 2 of which were collectors with large collections- I heard nothing but positives- her husband is a "genius" with vintage trailers, according to a guy with a trailer museum in Auburn Cal. He collected 30 and started selling them off. She bought this one herself- with her money, and decided not to use it as planned. She does play on a European national team and professionally. He was a player and coach.

She told me some interesting stories about people here, and why she's no longer a member. Her contributions were sound- I'd say helpful. I like her- she's a sweet young girl with a baby. Doesn't mean I'm allowing her to sell me something without seeing it, but I think in the character department, she and her husband are tops. And he obviously knows more about Airstreams than most people.

I really, sincerely appreciate your time in assisting me. Thank you. Caroline
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how is it my posts to this thread kep disappearing?
I don't see that and I should be able to in all cases. I've PM'ed you to contact tech support.

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Old 08-18-2008, 12:09 PM   #51
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Wink How's this for an ebay scam?

After conversing in depth with the girl selling the 34 Excella, and explaining how so many people were warning me about her and her husband being some scam artist, she offered me this:

Win the auction, PAY NOTHING UP FRONT, come see it, they'll tow it to any RV tech I choose for free, and get it inspected professionally. If I don't like what the tech says, they'll pay the tech's fee's and my trip expense money.

They're in a hurricane warning zone, so I'm waiting for all that to shake out, but in all likelihood, I'm driving down late this week.

Does that limit my risk? I think its pretty nice for them to offer- especially after all the warnings people have contacted me with about how bad they are. Or, is it a deeper plot- maybe they'll kidnap me? Maybe they'll make me play basketball? Thanks for all the concern, Caroline
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If you win the auction, aren't you legally bound to pay it regardless of all the assurances they give you now?
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Why are all these people warning you about this couple in particular? Do all these people know something you don't?

However, I do believe if someone confronted me with a warning from other people that I was a scam artist and I wasn't, I'd either hang up the phone or tell you what to do with the advise you'd been given. But I don't think I'd be offering to pay your expenses to come examine the trailer after you were obligated to buy it.
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you posts started with the fact that you were a newbie looking to buy something to live in. you have to buy it before living in it. many people here tried very hard to share many possible pitfalls that you might encounter. they have been there, done that and have drawers full of t-shirts from their good and bad experiences. they just want your experience to be a positive one.

this advise is for any purchase, not just this person. nobody is trying to kill your deal, if anything, they want your purchase to go well.

it seems you just want someone to just say,"yes, buy it". those with experience will not do that because there are so many variables.

to answer your question, yes, you can live in that, after it's your trailer.
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Caroline,

I don't remember anyone specifically warning you about THESE sellers in particular - just the general idea of buying used online from an unknown seller, with zero sales record, and an industrial zone for an item location, with pictures used in other auctions.... There have been alot of well documented eBay scams that some of the members of this forums have detected and brought to the attention of eBay. When a new member comes along and requests assistance from the AirForums on buying a trailer from Craigslist or eBay we are generally careful to mention these scams and point you to the threads on that subject.

I have read from your two or three threads about your desire to buy a trailer and the responses to your request. Nowhere have I seen anyone claim that THESE specific individuals are scammers, or that this deal is bad - just offers of precaution. Sounds like the sellers want to make the best of your interest. Bigger traliers are sometimes harder to move, so when a buyer comes along they want to hold on to them. It is an auction, I do not remember a reserve - sounds like a good oppertunity for all involved.


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Does that limit my risk? I think its pretty nice for them to offer- especially after all the warnings people have contacted me with about how bad they are. Or, is it a deeper plot- maybe they'll kidnap me? Maybe they'll make me play basketball? Thanks for all the concern, Caroline
We care about each other. Real friendships develop here and we do eventually "See You Down The Road". I read your other thread, and I'm sure you're a person of good sense - heck you joined this forum didn't you?

The only thing I can add is that old tried and true thing "If it seems too good to be true, it probably IS." The sellers seem a bit too eager. Normally you get 10-15 bidders on ebay. Why are they so interested in YOU getting this unit? Them paying for your trip? Now that's just WAY too generous. They don't know YOU. If I were selling I'd worry that you'd write a bum check, or that you might be bi-polar and on an "up" fugue, or that you're just looking for a week in Florida for free.

Of course with the economy the way it is, a lot of sellers are getting very eager... but that eager? Think about it. You're own remark "maybe they'll kidnap me" is damn close to what did happen to one member of this forum.... robbed at gunpoint doing just what you're planning.

What I'd do if I wanted the 34 you're looking at? OK, go read some posts from Overlander63. Terry has more postings than anyone else on the forums. You'll never find anyone who'll say a bad word about him. I'd pay him generously to inspect it... First, just to act like he's interested in it (he won't be, he's still working on "Bertha") and have him ask to come by and see it because he's "in the neighborhood". If the sellers don't want him to see it first hand, that smell is "RAT".

If he sees it and tells you it's a good deal, then it is - as long as there is a clear title and it's in the seller's name. And that you can check ahead with Florida's DMV.

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