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Old 05-29-2013, 10:15 PM   #1
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Beware of Scams

I've been looking for a lightweight TT to tow behind my little V6 Ranger and wanted to stay under 2200#. Casita's and Scamps caught my attention and I watched ads for used ones for a couple months. Recently I saw one on Craigslist that caught my eye. A 2012 16' Casita for $3300.
WOW what a deal. Anything that new would fetch a like new price of $15,000+. I emailed the seller and was told that it was a woman that got the trailer in a divorce and wanted it gone. The location on Craigslist was
about 40 miles from me so I told her I wanted to see it. She said that wasn't possible because the trailer was at the shippers and she was 200 miles away. I forgot to mention the price was to include shipping anywhere in the US. Then checking other Craigslist cities I found the same TT (pictures were the same) in two other locations about 500 miles apart. Alarms went off. You know, if it sounds to good to be true it usually is. I noticed other Casita's advertised at $3300. Seems that is a cheap price that many people would fall for. Casita's hold their value and even 25 year olds will sell for over $6,000. I found another one a couple years older (2010) and they wanted a magic $3800. Another to good to be true. I emailed about looking at it and got a similar story. Owner was in the military and shipping out and HAD to get rid of it. Again the price included shipping anywhere in the US and shassam the trailer was at the shippers. I ended up buying a little Cikira 13cc from a dealer and they will go through it and make sure everything works. Not saying there aren't deals on Craigslist or website like it but be careful.
Bottom line is watch out, know TT values and look for tip offs that may get your attention, like shipping included. I would NEVER spend over $500 for
something I couldn't examine beforehand.
I forgot to mention on the first TT I looked for, the seller said that EBAY would monitor the sale and send the invoice, BS. It wouldn't be EBAY it would be PAYPAL if it was ligit unless it was listed on EBAY, which it wasn't.

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Old 05-29-2013, 10:22 PM   #2
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Yep, there are lots of scams out there, you just found a few of them!

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Old 05-29-2013, 10:32 PM   #3
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This scam is rampant across the internet Can't see it but I will ship it. Right, Run the other way!
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Old 05-29-2013, 10:45 PM   #4
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I had a friend that found a house for rent on Craigslist.. He went to the house on the day of move in and found that the house wasn't for rent and the family had lived their for 3 years.

Craigslist is tricky but there can be awesome deals.
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Similar thing happens with motorcycles all the time on Craigslist and e-bay. Buyer beware.
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