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dmullen

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Posted: 06/29/13 06:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a 2007 Four Winds 18B travel trailer that has some bad water damage in the front. I have decided to just part it out and get something else.

My question is how do I go about parting out a travel trailer on someplace like Craigs list. I still owe around $2500 on it so I cannot sell it outright since I have seen perfectly good bigger trailers going for less. How do you list a trailer that you are parting out and how does that usually work? The frig, stove, microwave, etc. have not even been used. The person who sold it to me obviously knew it had problems and I didn't know enough about TT to check what I should have. Any way, want to cut my losses and part it out.

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* This post was edited 07/31/13 09:11am by dmullen *

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Posted: 06/29/13 06:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

2007 isn't all that old.

I would suggest that you simply sell the entire trailer AS IS disclosing that it DOES have a lot of water damage.

This way you don't have to find ways to "dispose" of A LOT OF unwanted materials. The cost of disposing of all the old wood and non recyclable materials will easily eat up any profits you would get by parting it out.

Offer it for $3000 and go down to $2500 and someone will get a pretty good deal and you don't have to figure out how to get rid of all the wood and such.

Like I stated though, DISCLOSE the fact that you KNOW it has water damage.

My current TT was SEVERELY water damaged when I bought it. I knowingly bought it that way although I paid under $1000 for it. But keep in mind that when I bought it it was over 20 yrs old at that time.

I removed all the siding and roofing, gutted the interior then resided, reroofed and rebuilt the interior the way I wanted it.

There ARE adventure seekers out there that do not mind a bit of hard work to take a diamond in the ruff and make it a gem.

Put it craigslist.org, it is FREE and you can post 4 pictures also. You will need to relist it every few days to bring it back to the top of the list but hey, FREE is good.

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Posted: 06/29/13 07:41pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you're willing to do the removals yourself, I think you could do very well parting it out. There are a lot of things that make up a trailer...check out the "new" cost of things like heater, converter, fridge etc. It's only six years old, for cryin' out loud!

Even a single RV window could be worth a hundred bucks to SOMEBODY...and once everything of value has been stripped, you could haul the plucked carcass to the dump/ wrecking yard and leave all the trashy body behind, just going home with the bare frame behind you. A street-legal, Titled trailer frame (with brakes) ought to be worth a nice chunk of change.

Thing is, it will take awhile. But if you're patient, I think you could at least get what you owe. Under NO circumstances, though, would I recommend that you allow anyone to do the removals themselves...that could leave you with one heck of a mess.


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It is alot of work to truely part it out yes it can be done some will even buy the frame to make a utility trailer out of it, the stove etc. as before it could be sold on Craigs list, Ebay etc........... Where you live should determine also what you do.... some areas charge to get rid of the leftover wood etc.. some areas like here you can haul it to the dump for no charge........

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You could make some money parting it; I had to have some siding on a truck camper bent a few years ago, about 50sf ran me $500. Even still, like Gdetrailer said, I'd trying selling it whole first.


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You can do well parting it out IF you have the time to wait until someone needs what you have. My question is since you still have a lien on it, how is the bank going to react to you removing items of value? You need to talk with them BEFORE you do anything since technically they are the owners


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I might suggest that you contact whomever you still owe "about 2500.00" and let them know what is going on. You will probably need to pay them what is due before you part it out, but if sold whole, you can take what you get and add enough to it to pay your debt, but either way, they need to know what is going on.


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Posted: 06/30/13 12:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

robsouth wrote:

I might suggest that you contact whomever you still owe "about 2500.00" and let them know what is going on. You will probably need to pay them what is due before you part it out, but if sold whole, you can take what you get and add enough to it to pay your debt, but either way, they need to know what is going on.


In some respects might not be a bad idea since the bank (lender) put up the money on the trailer for the value of the entire trailer (trailer is the collateral).

By stripping out essential items the collateral losses value.

But on the flip side, the water damage was not known to the OP (buyer) nor the bank. With the knowledge of the water damage the trailer is reduced to a value below what is owed.

Personally, the way I would handle this is hold on to the trailer and pay it down to a point that the loan can be paid off with cash.

At the same time TARP the trailer to prevent any more water damage.

Most likely the leaks are coming from items on or around the roof and covering with a tarp will stop the water from coming in.

I myself got burned on my first TT, paid $2K and when I got it home found bunches of rotted wood laying on the bed. I was extremely upset but I decided to push through, repair the damage and moved on.

Our first trip I found another leak which happened to find its way to the center of my new ceiling and dripped through the overhead light down on US in the middle of the night!

We still laugh about that even though it wasn't funny at the time.

Unless the OP isn't handy with power tools and such I would say why not take the lemon and make the best of it?

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I appreciate the advice. Anything I make from parting out the trailer will go directly on the loan balance along with my usual monthly payment so it will not take long at all to pay that balance off. I will not sell the actual trailer until the loan is paid off, just everything built on the trailer. I am not a handy man enough to handle this level of damage and would rather start off with a sound TT and keep it up from the start.

The reason for my post is how do you part out a TT. What should I put in the add, etc. Not letting someone remove the parts themselves was a great piece of advice. That is what I am looking for. I'm thinking I should just start removing things and price them, and keep updating my add as far as what is available now. I will also put in the add "tell me what you need and I will see if I have it" if for instance they want a kitchen sink and mine hasn't sold yet. You get the idea.

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