Hey gang, long time no post. Looks like someone cleaned house in here - all my old posts are gone. Its been a couple of years since I last posted.
I wanted to ask for some suggestions or experiences you've had with your old fiver. My 1995 36' Damon Escaper is likely now "end of life" (see my profile - if they didn't delete that too!).
What I mean is, if I added up the cost of all the things that need fixed, it likely isn't worth fixing.
How can we get the most value from what's left? I've got 11,000 lbs. of really solid frame (southern fiver, still looks great underneath after all these years). I've spoke with two guys at an RV show and they had problems even finding a 17 yr. old camper in their "blue book", so the value doesn't seem to lie in a traditional trade-in.
Is there a company that buys end of life fivers for something better than scrap value? Scrap is .065 cents/lb in my area, that would get me a whopping $715 and it seems like a crime to sell for that.
Or maybe its just sentiment that keeps me from doing the scrap route. We had a GREAT time in it. Ohio to west coast twice on two 6 week trips each, Olympic Peninsula Washington, desert Utah.....
Thoughts? Thanks as always. RV.net was SUCH a help to me as I did the remodel work in 2007-2008 to get ready for the trips.
P.S. - The "CleanDiesel" is still going strong. LOVE THE CUMMINS RAM!
Around these parts that unit would be placed on blocks and an auxillary steel roof place over it and any slides , the tanks would be removed and hooked to a septic or holding tank system, and either well water or large water tank placed underneath and insulated skirting installed.
You said the repairs are more then rit is worth, but are the repairs really so much when you base the cost to repair against a new u it ?
2005 PILGRIM 274RL 5SS
2007 GMC Sierra 2500HD SLT 6.0
I was also going to suggest selling it to someone in a more permanent mode. Several years ago we kept a TT at a lake in AZ more or less in a permanent set-up. Didn't plan to pull it and it became out "cabin" at the lake. Got a lot of good use out of it in that capacity although it was certainly tow-able too.
If there are major structural repairs from water damage and dry rot, maybe it would be better to just scrap it.
If the repairs are just a bunch of little things that don't really matter, then just spruce it up a bit, fix anything that would be an obvious blocker to selling it, and sell it privately in the used market.
I'll jump on the "craigslist banwagon". Amazing what folks will buy (and what they will pay). Last year a sold a houseboat that had been 60% submerged for over $15,000. Lots of people out there looking for their next project.
2012 RAM 3500 Laramie Longhorn DRW CC 4x4 Max Tow, Cummins HO, 60 gallon RDS aux fuel tank, Reese 18k Elite hitch
2003 Dodge Ram 3500 QC SB 4x4 Cummins HO NV5600 with Smarty JR, Jacobs EB (sold)
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