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Old 05-12-2011, 03:40 PM   #1
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1998 Excella 34' value help

We would like to buy a 34' 1998 excella. The seller is asking 21,000. Is that a good price or way too high. The interior is in very nice shape. It needs new tires and the clear coat is peeling. I have not had it inspected, so I am not sure if there is anything else wrong or not.
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Old 05-12-2011, 03:45 PM   #2
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Look at the NADA web site for ballpark values.....that sounds on the high side....
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Thanks Dwight,

I talked with the bank and they said the NADA value was about 15,000. I was not sure if I should pay more than that or not or what would be a good amount to offer.
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7 new tires will run you close to $900 installed and depending on the extent of the clearcoat damage it will be $100-$125 linear foot to fix....
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So the clear coat alone would be 3000+ ouch! Would you offer him the NADA book value of 15,000 or is that still on the high side. Thanks so much for your help.
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It's kind of tough with the big boys, the 34-footers. In many things, the bigger the better hence, the more valuable. But many people, especially those buying trailers for the first time, feel that their needs can be best met by a little one.

So, when they are new, they do cost more than other TTs, but the funny thing is that they lose value faster than others.

You are asking what is a good price, and is $21,000 it. I would say that even though it's only thirteen years old, unless it is in very good shape it may not be. You are already saying that it needs tires , but you need to look deeper than that; tires could be bought for about a thousand dollars for that TT. The peeling clearcoat is normal for its age and although it's a pain to have, it does not impede your use of the trailer in any way.

Take the time to do a detailed look by downloading and printing out (all the pages of) the Trailer Inspection Checklist.

If you can do it with one of the local inspectors that you see listed on the right side of the portal page, so much the better. But even if you can't, after you do the list, look at it and take your guesses as to what it would cost to put everything on that list "right".

Then, why not go back to the buyer and share your findings with him (or her)? If you can sit and look over the list with him, you may find him reducing his price without any haggling.

Be patient, work through it, talk to the owner/seller.

And good luck!
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I had some peeling on our 34' and took it to P & S Travel Trailer Service, Helena, Ohio and they stripped and recoated from the beltline to the top....give Steve with P & S a call and visit with him....
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