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Old 05-26-2012, 07:37 PM   #1
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Has anyone tried purchasing a motorhome or heard of anyone purchasing one through Ebay? If so, did you have good luck buying it sight unseen, or did you get a chance to test drive it first. I just thought it odd to sell something so expensive and that people are going to take the sellers word that it is in as good of shape as advertised. Thanks to everyone that may be able to help with this answer.
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Old 05-26-2012, 07:49 PM   #2
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I know of a couple people who have, and have been happy with their purchase. And I know a few others who backed out after actually seeing the coach because it was in much worse condition than described. Bottom line is, do your "due diligence" and be prepared to back out if necessary. Get numerous photos, ask detailed questions about everything and keep records of the answers so you have evidence of misrepresentation if the condition is not as described. Then you can negotiate an adjustment in price or repairs to make it be as described. Or get a refund of your deposit.

In my opinion, buying sight unseen would be foolish unless the price is so low you could scrap it for parts or rebuild it and still come out ok.
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Old 05-26-2012, 07:51 PM   #3
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Has anyone tried purchasing a motorhome or heard of anyone purchasing one through Ebay? If so, did you have good luck buying it sight unseen, or did you get a chance to test drive it first. I just thought it odd to sell something so expensive and that people are going to take the sellers word that it is in as good of shape as advertised. Thanks to everyone that may be able to help with this answer.

I haven't but I read about people who have. It's either to far away or wasn't what they expected when they got there.
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Old 05-27-2012, 05:22 AM   #4
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I bought a travel trailer and our current motor home off ebay. Both were good experiences and both sellers were very helpful .
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Old 05-27-2012, 06:47 AM   #5
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I bought a luxury car on Ebay as it turned out was a good experience and a good deal. Do your homework check out rating of seller read sellers feedback.
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Old 05-27-2012, 06:47 AM   #6
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I found ours on Ebay. It was about a 150 miles away. Drove up and looked it over then made a cash offer contingent on inspection from a Tiffin dealer (my expense). They accepted the offer, inspection revealed about $1K of minor things. Seller and I split the costs of those and the deal was done.

OTOH, we looked at a lot of over priced nice ones, and over priced junk. Do your homework and take your time!
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Old 05-27-2012, 07:11 AM   #7
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We've purchased a pickup and present toad off Ebay. Both had over a 100 pictures and were from dealers (not individuals) who had great Ebay ratings. Happy with both.
Then a 30' SunnyBrook TT with great pictures. It needed cleanup but for our bid, we could have scrapped it and come out ahead.
The big purchase (see signature) was nearly 50% of retail and 50 miles from us. We were attracted by again, the 100+ good pictures of every detail (good & bad). After driving over and checking it out, purchased it on the spot.
As noted we rely on GOOD pictures and the dealers Ebay reputation. Not sure we would consider an individuals goods without a personal inspection.
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Old 05-27-2012, 07:14 AM   #8
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Ive purchased two cars sight unseen and had them shipped to me ib Ebay. I also bought a Class A motorhome sight unseen, and then sold it 3 years later on eBay. I fully intend on selling my current motorhome on eBay when it becomes time to sell.
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Old 05-27-2012, 07:26 AM   #9
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We purchased our current MH on ebay. We have had no major problems. We found a few after it was delivered, but the dealer paid to have them repaired.
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Old 05-27-2012, 10:06 AM   #10
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I bought my 1988 35 ft. Holiday Rambler Imperial on ebay. Talked to and emailed the seller several times, felt confident that I was buying exactly what he was advertising. I got a great deal and a great motorhome. Wouldn't hesitate to buy another on ebay.
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Old 05-27-2012, 10:55 AM   #11
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I bought my 40' DP off E-bay, it was 300 miles from me, I talked with the seller for over an hour on the phone going over everything. I made him an offer based upon it being as he described upon my inspection. We drove down and it was better in every way than what he said. I drove it back home and have been happy that I got it.

There are a lot of Con artist out there looking for a mark every day. If it sounds like a deal you can't pass up, they say you better get it now, we have other people wanting it, or any other such garbage, then let it go. Do not be pressured into buying something you are not 100% happy with or sure about.

Use all your senses, if it looks like a rat, smells like a rat and squeals like a rat, You guessed it, IT IS A RAT.

That said I am very happy with my E-Bay Motor home purchase
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We found our new to us 06 Essex on Ebay. Seller was great to deal with and answered all our questions. Not sure it makes a difference where you find what you are looking for as much as it is the seller's ability to be honest. That still doesn't remove the dishonest ones you have to be on the lookout for.
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I sold a TT and tow vehicle separately on Ebay. Both buyers checked it out and were happy with the vehicle and the price...done deal.
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My Horizon was bought from Ebay in Aug 09. I drove our toad to S. Lake Tahoe to inspect, pulled the toad home.
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