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Message posted by LAH09 on 26/10/2013 at 10:30pm
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Hi,
I have been reading lots of really helpful, informative posts on here, so I hope some of you may be able to offer me some advice about when and where I can find a quality used Folding Camper.
I have decided that I really want to upgrade from a tent to a F.C., but I haven't seen many for sale in or near the South West? I have decided on a Pennine Pathfinder or Conway Crusader (up to 5000ish) as I really want a built in toilet. Ideally I'd like a motor-mover too, as I will often be camping with just my six year old, but I suppose I could get one of these put on at Highbridge Caravans.
I thought this might be a good time of year to buy, but perhaps Spring might bring more campers to the market? If you have any suggestions for dealers or good websites to look at, or what time of year might be best to buy please let me know.
With thanks in advance,
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Message posted by greasychipbutty on 26/10/2013 at 11:18pm
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Hi Liz,    Now is a very good time to buy if you have somewhere to store. Have you had a look on the adds on this site? Websites like preloved, and gumtree are quite good .Conway owners website has a class adds section,  always a few campers for sale .Have a look on ebay ,(be carefull of scams) there are quite a few dealers  selling they usually  advertise on a fixed price.

Veema on this site has a great camper for sale .You may have more choice in spring but you will also have more competition for buying and of coarse pay more.


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We bought our Conway Countryman last February. Once you have decided on the exact model start using a search engine on the internet to look for it. You need to be patient. When you find something suitable you should make contact with the vendor. This is when the fun starts. I would advise that you make a search on this web site with regards to possible scams. Some of the advice will help you avoid the pitfalls and give you the confidence to ask the right questions. If you can, get a landline number. Using the internet it possible to check that the number is in the exchange area that the seller says they live. Google maps is also useful to check the area and also check if the pictures match the property if the pictures have been taken at the house. We made contact by e mail then by land line. Over several days of making contact everything seemed OK and the reason for the sale etc seemed right. Only then did we agree to meet at the home of the vendor. Sorry if this seems of putting but amongst all the genuine sellers out there there are some scam merchants trying to take your 5000 without giving you the camper. In the end by buying private we saved 1500 so as long as you are savvy its worth the hassle. Last of all to get the deal you want you must be prepared to travel. F.Cs aren't has common as caravans!

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Message posted by navver on 26/10/2013 at 11:46pm
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I think you'll find them quite a bit cheaper at this time of year than they will be in the spring. It takes off around February, when many are keen to buy but not many available. Then it reaches fever pitch in the run up to Easter.

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We sold our 2007 Pennine Pathfinder 2 months ago for 4000.

We originally advertised it at 6000 but did not even get one enquiry despite offering it on here, Gumtree and Preloved.

We really did not want to go that low but we needed the space for a new project so we had to cut the price to get it away.



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Hi Liz, I agree with the previous posters. You can find bargains at this time of year as it's the worst time to sell canvas. As you've already guessed there isn't as many FCs on the market at this time of year but there are a few on Gumtree and eBay.

We sold our 2000 Pathfinder on Gumtree two weeks ago for 1650. If we'd kept it until Spring we could have got 2,200 or more. We sold ours in two days so there are buyers out there.

The issue with buying / selling now is getting it up and dry again afterward. We were lucky enough to have a covered space to erect it for the sale. This was invaluable as the night of the sale was torrential rain.

As others have said beware of scams so only pay when you collect. Be prepared to do a bit of travelling.

There is a cracking 2007 model on eBay with the later fabrics (not green) for 5,500 or best offer. It is in Merseyside and the seller has a good rating. Might be worth a punt. No motor mover but if you practice your reversing you won't need one. The Pathfinder is only around 900kg when loaded.

Hope this helps.

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We debated whether to buy now or wait till Spring. Buying now meant we may not get much or any use before packing it away for winter. Then waiting till Spring ran the risk of higher prices. So we've bought one. We've used it once and if we get a window of nice weather we'll use it this weeek.

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Buying now gives you the option of saying no if it doesn't feel right. Buying in the spring will be much more frantic and you will feel pressured into buying, perhaps not so wisely.

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Thank you everyone for your great advice. It seems that this is the right time of year for bargains, but I will have to travel further afield to find what I want and keep an eye out for scams.
I have looked at Veema's add, but unfortunately it's a little out of my price range, GreasyChipButty. What a shame I didn't see your Pathfinder, Lobey.
Now that the half-term hols are here, there is no rush to buy. As this was probably the last chance to use one this year and with the forecast being for gales it's probably just as well I didn't buy anything yet. I will keep searching the internet & let you know when I buy one, hopefully before Spring.
Thanks again everybody,
Liz

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We bought our FC through Preloved and sold it through Gumtree, but they are also for sale through UKCS, so these are the 3 places to keep an eye on.

Also adverts in your local paper, you never know.

We bought our first TT that way and got a cracking bargain.
It had a rotten floor and we bought it for 250.
It took me just one weekend to strip it down to it individual bits, cut a new floor using what was left of the old floor as a template, and pop rivet the whole body back together.
After installing Mains and 12v Electrics, a fridge and a Porta Potti, that TT did us for about 7 years before we moved on to other types of units.

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Yes, we even had a sink with a tap and running water.

Aah. These were the days!!!!



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Hi Liz.

We are selling our Trigano Randger 575tc (not a pathfinder or a crusader but has a flushing toilet and two kingsize beds). It's a very well looked after 2002 model and the canvas is in excellent condition.
We're in Dawlish, Devon. If you would like any more info please email ejones150ej 'at' googlemail.com

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Loved the trip down Memory Lane, Lobey. Thanks.
Have e-mailed you ejjerome.

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oooh...thanks everyone for recommending my ad...we are prepared to consider offers, but aren't in any great rush to sell it, so wouldn't be dropping it as low as 5k. 

Hope you find something suitable Liz.


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Hi Veema, whether you get what you are looking for depends a lot on where you stay and the demand in your area.

After advertising a Park Home on just about every website we could find, it was actually a guy in Spain that bought it.

It was a lovely home set in beautiful surroundings on the edge of the Trossachs and Loch Lomond National Park, yet interest from the UK was next to nowt.

At the end of the day it was Price that was the governing factor and, for us, what it was going to cost us to hang on to it until someone came along with an offer more to our liking.

The same was true of our FC.

Yes, we took a hit on both the Home and the FC, but at least we are now free to get on with what we have now, and that is all that matters.



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Quote: Originally posted by LobeyDosser on 29/10/2013

Hi Veema, whether you get what you are looking for depends a lot on where you stay and the demand in your area.

After advertising a Park Home on just about every website we could find, it was actually a guy in Spain that bought it.

It was a lovely home set in beautiful surroundings on the edge of the Trossachs and Loch Lomond National Park, yet interest from the UK was next to nowt.

At the end of the day it was Price that was the governing factor and, for us, what it was going to cost us to hang on to it until someone came along with an offer more to our liking.

The same was true of our FC.

Yes, we took a hit on both the Home and the FC, but at least we are now free to get on with what we have now, and that is all that matters.


You're right, but as we aren't in any rush, we're going to hang on to it until next spring and see how we go from there. Its still on the free ads sites, and on here, but will put it back on ebay next year.

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Thanks Veema, your campa looks fantastic. I'm sure some one will snap it up in the Spring.

Liz

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