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Old 03-12-2016, 05:25 PM   #15
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oops...the trailer was in Arkansas and I never saw it until it was delivered to California.
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Old 03-12-2016, 05:28 PM   #16
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Not enough. You need to make sure he has a clear title; you should ask to see a copy of that. You also need to find a way to insure that you get the title "at the same time" you provide the funds. I would want some sort of escrow service to assure that he does not get his money until a valid title is signed over to you.
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Great suggestion. I think this is what I was seeking.

Thanks Larry!
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Old 03-12-2016, 05:30 PM   #17
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I bought mine ,over the phone wired the man the money and drove across the U.S. To pick it up with the title, it was only 6 mos old, the seller was honest.....
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Old 03-12-2016, 05:32 PM   #18
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I found this link... a general discussion about escrow services:

http://www.dmv.org/articles/escrow-a...ing-a-vehicle/

Thanks again everybody.
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Old 03-12-2016, 05:35 PM   #19
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I bought mine ,over the phone wired the man the money and drove across the U.S. To pick it up with the title, it was only 6 mos old, the seller was honest.....
As I said upthread, I'm a trusting person and would actually consider such a transaction if I felt the "vibe" was right in my phone conversations with the seller.

However as I said earlier, I'd hate to let my guard down at the wrong time... and there's a lot at stake here.

My wife is compelling me to take the safe and secure path and on this, it seems like the right thing to do.
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Old 03-12-2016, 08:29 PM   #20
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I sent Uwe from Area 63 Productions to inspect my trailer as well as complete the purchase if it passed inspection. You can reach him at area63productions.com. He also gave me all my lessons in hitching, towing and handles my repairs and questions in addition to vintage trailer restoration.
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oops...the trailer was in Arkansas and I never saw it until it was delivered to California.
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Thanks LiLNomad! This makes me feel better about my plan to trust the competency of the inspector and the integrity of the seller.
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Old 03-13-2016, 11:11 AM   #21
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FWIW, the trailer is a 2012 and our budget is into the 50K area.

I'm a trusting person at heart but I'd hate to let my guard down at the wrong time.
In this case I would not commit without being able to inspect it before full payment. But I bought my 93 locally when (at least the seller stated) there was an out of state buyer who wanted to come and see it, but had not put down a deposit.
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One item that hasn't been discussed: Does the seller own it outright or is there a loan on it? I bought mine from a PO that had a loan. I requested to deal directly with the credit union. Had my bank wire the money to the credit union, sent the remainder to the seller. The lender controlled the title so I was comfortable, sent it to me directly. Got a copy of the sellers drivers license beforehand, and verified his address through internet sources. All of these steps should insure a clean transaction, or the escrow service. But beware if the bill of sale they provide says "as is, where is, with no warranty express or implied". Ask to see it first.
But I would still go visit it.
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Old 03-14-2016, 11:19 PM   #23
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One item that hasn't been discussed: Does the seller own it outright or is there a loan on it? I bought mine from a PO that had a loan. I requested to deal directly with the credit union. Had my bank wire the money to the credit union, sent the remainder to the seller. The lender controlled the title so I was comfortable, sent it to me directly. Got a copy of the sellers drivers license beforehand, and verified his address through internet sources. All of these steps should insure a clean transaction, or the escrow service. But beware if the bill of sale they provide says "as is, where is, with no warranty express or implied". Ask to see it first.
But I would still go visit it.
Thanks for the great advice. I found out the seller sold it to someone else so this particular deal is dead.

However seeing as we're still shopping nationwide, all the great help you and others have provided will be very valuable to us down the road.

I'll be sure to keep everyone apprised of all the twists and turns.

Thanks all!
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I have found if you wait too long , it will be gone, have you tried the classifieds here....
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I have found if you wait too long , it will be gone, have you tried the classifieds here....
We just registered with airstreamclassifieds. Thanks!
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We just registered with airstreamclassifieds. Thanks!
Check out your local dealers like in los banos, I bought one there, it was on consignment....
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Check out your local dealers like in los banos, I bought one there, it was on consignment....
Yes, we've been up there and the salesperson is on the lookout for us. We also keep in contact with a few other dealers.

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Old 03-18-2016, 10:40 PM   #28
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I found this link... a general discussion about escrow services:

http://www.dmv.org/articles/escrow-a...ing-a-vehicle/

Thanks again everybody.
This link might also be useful for those in the same boat as we are... escrow.com:

https://www.escrow.com/?l=b&utm_expi...-5zfwNoXeLNQ.1
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