Originally Posted by sarahalli
I am a bit surprised that the longer ones are not worth as much- I wonder if this is because they are difficult to move around like you would want to if you were going to use it as an RV? Either way, for me I think livability is more important in that respect than resale value.
The little ones are more valuable, because they are rarer, easier to tow with a wider range of smaller tow vehicles, and will fit into more places - for example, a lot of state parks limit the size of trailer to something like 24ft. But big trailers are better if you're living in them and need the room. It does sound to me like the owner might have seen a smaller trailer going for a premium, and decided his was worth even more because it's bigger, when actually exactly the opposite is true.
If you find one too far away to inspect, you can look on the right hand column of the front page of the forum, and there is a lookup for people who have offered to inspect trailers for others. It's good to have someone inspect it before you waste money on a long trip just to find it's not as good looking in person!