Originally Posted by mutcth
While a 25' Sovereign
is a nice trailer, it's not worth $18k unless there is a lot of new stuff/upgrades/repairs.
As others have mentioned, that $$ gets you a late-90s Safari 25' that's been in current use. It's really nice to buy a trailer that's been frequently camped in - gives you a better chance of not finding surprises.
I get the feeling the wife is saying "sell it", and the hubby is pricing it high so that he "can't find a buyer."
I agree with Tom. Whereas, she may be willing to sell it for 10k? he may want 18k because he may not really want to sell it. It may come down to who is driving this boat.
This is a great trailer IMHO and is one that you may want to go after. I have an 84 31'. They are great trailers- same windows (seals should be ok) and the same floorplan as the new classics, good size compromise for towing and using, etc.
The gray pipe is Quest. It should be fine; much preferred over copper. It is more of a problem in houses than trailers
I have replaced my AC unit and the fridge. The furnace and stove should last a long time. Remember, they don't get used that often. The stove and furnace on my 66 Tradewind are original. I am surprised the wh was replaced. Sometimes people just replace rather than trouble shoot and repair.
It probably would be a good idea to replace the axles and brakes. I would, especially if you plan on keeping it and using it for a long time. If you buy the axles with new brakes, the new brakes are not very costly. Buy new tires too if they are more than 5 years old. Also, replace the converter (battery charger), about $200, if it is original.
I would put a battery in it, make sure the tank(s) have propane and check out all the appliances, plumbing and lighting. Have somebody familiar with rv appliances give you a hand with this.
I would say it is easily worth 10k and maybe all the way to 13-14k. Just make an offer and see what happens. You have to find out what their selling price is- you know the negotiating game since you are a realtor.
I think that most all the advice you have been given thus far on this trailer has been spot on. If you can't buy this trailer, at least you have learned a lot. This is what you have to do to find the right trailer for you. You never know when the right trailer is the 20th or the first!
Good luck negotiating.