That was one of the main reasons why the people who just bought our Endura-it was CLEAN. They were amazed at how disgusting many of the rigs they looked at were. It's actually much harder to hide stuff with a clean rig than a dirty one-I don't understand anyone who can justify a dirty rig that way.
Subscribe to the 3 "L" rule-don't stop livin', lovin' and learnin'
RV-less for now but our spirits are still on the open road. And missing it more every day!
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1990 37 ft King of the road 5th wheel. Great carpentry, summer home
1997 33 ft Holiday Rambler, Never again will a new RV come into this family
2003 25 ft Majestic M/H, Old RV rental Best travel machine we've ever owned.
When we bought our TC, in order to close the deal, we told the dealer he had to keep the mattress and vacuum it out. We had to spend the night in it the day we bought it and I wanted a clean place to put our air mattress
One beautiful wife, two brittney spaniels
2011 Dodge 3500 4x4 DRW Crew Cab 6.7 Cummins, 6 speed auto, 3.73 rear end
Torklift Stableloads, Superhitch, Torklift Tiedowns
2002 Alpenlite 1150
2005 Jeep Liberty toad w/ ReadyBrake/ReadyBrute Web Site
Telling people who trash their own RV to clean up their MH before they sell it is wasted breath IMHO!
Look at it this way, if it's that dirty you KNOW they didn't take care of the inside so you can be pretty damn sure they didn't take care of the mechanicals either. So be thankful you could see it that way and move on to another one!
You are dead on with this logic! If you are an uncaring pig that can't be bothered to detail a rig before you offer it for sale, you clearly define how you manage other issues in life, and clearly haven't taken care of the unit otherwise.
When I offer a used vehicle for sale it is spotless, inside and out, priced competitively, and usually sold to the first or second potential buyer. A disgusting rig gets 30 seconds of my time, which is more than it deserves.
All kidding aside we actually "staged our Komfort" at local RV park, when we offered it for sale. Prospected buyers could see it all ready to use. Beds made with all matching pillows and clean sheets, detailed and spotless. Dining table set for dinner, with dishes that matched decor in trailer. Sold to one of the first couples, who saw it. Plugged into electricity, fridge with soft drinks, water, sewer connected. Allowed a full demonstration to see everything was operating. Awnings out and very important, only left items in or around trailer that went with purchase. Use see it you get it. Everything else was already out of trailer. The lady ask are you sure this all stays, I said yes everything you see here! It looked fabulas and sold first day listed on Craigslist! Lastly, I even had a PDI list I went over and copy of extended warranty and brochures from when I bought it.
I, too, have been astonished at the number of truly dirty and smelly RV's I've seen for sale, and yes, I take it as direct evidence of how the unit has been maintained. That said, I remember being told when I was young to be wary of used cars with steamed cleaned engine bays. Sure enough, I had a friend who bragged about the spic and span car he just bought only to be stranded by a blown head gasket two days later.
Unfortunately, many people live like pigs and many more are not trustworthy. I guess that's one reason why I tend to avoid buying anything used. I know I spend more, but I also know exactly what I'm getting. How much are willing to put up with to save some money? Or put another way, how much do you have to save to be willing to put up with questionable maintenance or someone's nasty grime?
2010 Ford F-150 SuperCrew 5.4 4x4
2011 Lance 2285
2008 Acura MDX (still own but not to tow)
2006 Fleetwood Timberlake pop-up (SOLD)
One problem I have with this thread is; "If it is dirty walk away". The person selling it doesn't see the dirt and filth, they are used to it, it is a way of life for some people. I only need to walk through the door of a unit and I know right away if it is acceptable, price means nothing in those cases.
Three years ago I sold my Class A which was cleaner than the day I picked it up.
Last month I purchased an 08 Born Free which was in perfect condition. If the unit is dirty unless the price is a steal walk away and keep looking. The hunt for a good used clean unit is half the fun.