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Old 06-08-2010, 04:28 AM   #21
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You are brave buying sight unseen! Good luck and hopefully it's in great shape!
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You are brave buying sight unseen! Good luck and hopefully it's in great shape!
"Brave" or stupid???!!!! We should be able to take delivery in a couple of days, so I guess we'll find out pretty soon.

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Congrats Patricia, if everything checks out, I think it's a very good deal at 7k. NADA low and average are $9,280 and $11,180.

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Congrats Patricia, if everything checks out, I think it's a very good deal at 7k. NADA low and average are $9,280 and $11,180.

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Thanks, Jon. Not only was the price lower than the NADA values, but the only other comparable 2753 I found for sale on the internet was over $12K. Since we live in MS, the available used Sunlines in our area are as scarce as hen's teeth! When we bought our first Sunline -- the 2000 2553, there was a dealer close to Jackson, MS and our 2004 264SR came from a dealer in Montgomery, AL. Those were the only two dealers within a 2-3 hour drive that I was aware of when Sunline was still in business. The is Jayco country, with a good many Fleetwood products around. We had a brand new 2005 Jayco 5th wheel that didn't hold a candle to Sunline, IMO.

We're scheduled to pick our new camper up tomorrow in Hattiesburg, MS which is about a 4-hour drive one way for us. My husband is concerned about pulling it that distance with the existing tires.

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Congrats Patricia,

Is there a way to contact the seller to see if they can locate a tire dealer for you? IF so, maybe you could get things set up to have new tires put on it immediately after you pick it up, or if your buying from a dealer, could you maybe purchase tires, take them with you, and have them install them ??

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Congrats Patricia,

Is there a way to contact the seller to see if they can locate a tire dealer for you? IF so, maybe you could get things set up to have new tires put on it immediately after you pick it up, or if your buying from a dealer, could you maybe purchase tires, take them with you, and have them install them ??

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Hi Kitty,

I'm really not sure how this deal is going to play out. From what the seller has told me, the trailer is now in Gadsden, AL at some kind of secure holding facility. They are connected with a car auction in Hattiesburg and have trucks coming and going on a daily basis and will transfer the trailer from Gadsden to Hattiesburg at no charge. They will also meet us somewhere or deliver, but there will be a freight charge. I've got to talk to the guy again today and try to get things nailed down. I've never dealt with a liquidator before and it's been very confusing.

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From the pictures on the auction, there doesn't seem to be a spare tire kit on the back of the trailer. How do I find out what size tires I need to fit this particular model?

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From the pictures on the auction, there doesn't seem to be a spare tire kit on the back of the trailer. How do I find out what size tires I need to fit this particular model?

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I have the tire size for this unit at home. I can look it up and post it for you when I get home tonight if no one posts it in the meantime.
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Should be a ST205/75/R15 Load Range C. I believe the rim size is 15"x5.5"

Hopefully Bill confirms this as such.

There are many different brands of tires, and many have been discussed here. Very few are American made these days, though the Goodyear Marathon line is one of them, for that particular size.

I'm not at all surprised about values of others being higher. The real estate market is picking up, at least here in Michigan to a degree, and I've seen the number of Sunlines for sale really spike. On RV Trader, historically over the last year or so and through about March and early April of this year, there were between 50 and 53 listed on there. Sometime in Mid to Late April, that number spiked to around 70, and eventually grew to just over 80. Prices have been going up too, there are two coaches listed right now that are similar to mine (same year/model), one of which is exactly the same. Both are listed for significantly more than I paid for mine!

NADA had to adjust their values in the recession because banks wouldn't issue loans for extremely high prices. In fact, they were only issuing typically for the wholesale price, which could be about 7k for that coach. It's the price that the dealer would pay for a trade. So new buyers got screwed because dealers would have to low ball the trade in order to make money on it, yet selling outright was very difficult because it was even more difficult to get a loan for a private sale.

From what I'm told, a general rule in the business is most people pay cash for units, either new or used, when the amount is under 10k. For everything over, a loan is usually required. This is why values of the older/cheaper units (under 10k) are most of the time over priced.

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Tire size off of our brand new tires is as follows
ST205/75R15
If you can't get new tires I think I'd sign up with Good Sam Emergency Road Service today. That way if you have a problem on the way home you will be well taken care of. We had a blow out on a tire last year, and ours is also a 2006. We never drive over 60 so we can't blame the blow out on anything but aged tires.
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Thanks so much for the tire information! We decided to have them deliver the trailer to our home, at a delivery cost of $250. But, we'll still be needing new tires and now we'll know the correct size to buy. We're off to our nearest rv dealership to shop for camping supplies.

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Should be a ST205/75/R15 Load Range C. I believe the rim size is 15"x5.5"

Hopefully Bill confirms this as such.
I just checked and this is the correct size tire and load range.
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Well, I'm back to square 1. The camper we won on eBay that looked so nice in the pictures and that was described as in "excellent" condition was in very poor condition -- on the inside at least. The outside looked great, but there was a huge stain on the carpet in the living area, the swivel chair was worn and torn in several places, one of the dinette cushions was torn, both the bathroom and kitchen faucets had broken faucet handles, the mattress was stained in several places, etc. It was very evident that this camper had been lived in. There's no way a 4 year-old camper could look like this one did with only occasional camping use. My husband and I considered keeping it and redoing the inside, but decided against it. We were both so disappointed and emotionally exhausted with the whole ordeal that I called the seller and told him it wasn't as described and that we wanted our money back. The seller had assured me that if I wasn't satisfied with the trailer that he would give me a refund. He did so reluctantly and I think everything is finally settled. It was a very unpleasant experience and I will never buy something like that on eBay again. I'm beginning to accept the fact that a Sunline may not be in my future since there are just so few to be found in my area of the country.

Thanks to everyone who tried to help me with all my questions.

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Sorry to hear the Sunny did not work out.

However, we are Sunline Owners Club. Tell us a few models you are looking for and we can help search too. We found the Sunline we now have by asking here on the forum in the wanted section after giving up hope finding that model that was only made for 2 years. Amazing as it sounds, I had a reply back in 6 minutes and 1 week later we owned it. 500 miles one way.

I had forgot, which state are you in?

Hope you find your Sunny.

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Sorry to hear the Sunny did not work out.

However, we are Sunline Owners Club. Tell us a few models you are looking for and we can help search too. We found the Sunline we now have by asking here on the forum in the wanted section after giving up hope finding that model that was only made for 2 years. Amazing as it sounds, I had a reply back in 6 minutes and 1 week later we owned it. 500 miles one way.

I had forgot, which state are you in?

Hope you find your Sunny.

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Hi John,

I'm in Mississippi and even though there were a couple of Sunline dealers within a day's drive of where I live back when they were being manufactured, you rarely see one around here and most people (dealers included) haven't heard of the Sunline brand. After the eBay fiasco (and I'm not knocking eBay as I've had many great transactions there), I've decided that it's time to just forget the Sunline idea. There's a very reputable Jayco dealer within 20 miles from my home that I've dealt with for many years. When we first started out camping in a pop-up, we bought three Jayco pop-ups from them and later bought a new fifth wheel. We're in the process of making a deal on a used 2007 Jayco 28RLS that's in excellent condition. The floorplan is similar to the Jayco fifth wheel we had previously, so we think it will be a good fit for us. I don't think the Jayco brand quite stands up to Sunline in quality of fit and finish, but I do think they are close and much better than most of their competition.

Thanks for the offer to help me find another Sunline, but I think it's time to move on.

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Even though this question was posted in June, I thought I would reply anyway. The 2753 is the best floor plan, to me, that Sunline produced. With the sitting area arranged the way it is, my husband and I feel we don't need a slide. We do love ours even though we are trying to sell ours. It has become necessary to switch to a small motor home. Nothing will compare to our 2753.
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