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wifehad5 posted 5/28/2013 21:43 PM

My Dad bought a motorhome in 2007. It's a 1990 with low miles. When he passed away last fall I winterized it and parked it.

Now I want it gone. The problem is it's over 200 miles away. I want to sell it up there for a number of reasons. I cleaned it up last weekend, and on a whim posted it on Craigslist last night.

So far I've had 17 responses, four of them have been back and forth conversations . I'm not planning on going back up for 2 weeks. It may get interesting on the 8th

Anyone have any experience selling stuff like this long distance?

Luckily, other than some antique farm implements, I can tow just about everything else home to sell.

eta: If it doesn't sell I'm going to buy another one and set up a motorhome racing track if anyone is interested

[This message edited by wifehad5 at 9:48 PM, May 28th (Tuesday)]

StixNstones posted 5/29/2013 05:04 AM

I put stuff on Craigslist all the time for hubby. We get alot of time wasters. I would say just feel the buyer out before you travel. Good luck!

nowiknow23 posted 5/29/2013 06:49 AM

If it doesn't sell I'm going to buy another one and set up a motorhome racing track if anyone is interested

StillGoing posted 5/29/2013 07:02 AM

eta: If it doesn't sell I'm going to buy another one and set up a motorhome racing track if anyone is interested

You could turn it into a mobile math lab. Though law enforcement might see the A as a variable for E and misinterpret the function, introducing an additional dimension of problems.

lieshurt posted 5/29/2013 08:33 AM

Anyone have any experience selling stuff like this long distance?

I have not personally sold anything, but being in banking, I've seen quite a few instances of fraud occur on transactions like this. What we typically saw, was bogus cashier's checks being presented to pay for the item being sold on CL. The seller would accept the check, but when they tried to cash the check they discovered it was fraudulent.

wifehad5 posted 5/29/2013 08:42 AM

Thanks for the reminder lieshurt

I'm selling cheap enough that it will be a cash sale. I need to study up on counterfeit money

tushnurse posted 5/29/2013 09:02 AM

We sell and buy things constantly on CL. For the most part locally, but have gone as much as 250 miles away. If your purchaser is really interested then they should be patient enough for you to come back in a couple of weeks.
Cash Only is how we do all transactions as well. We have sold some pretty pricey stuff too (motorcycles).

They buyer typically goes to where the goods are. It is a shame that you couldn't bring it home, but since you are going in a couple of weeks. I would say just keep updating your ad.

wifehad5 posted 5/29/2013 12:28 PM

Woo hoo!!! I just received an offer of payments with post dated checks on a $2,000 item. Consider it gone

jrc1963 posted 5/29/2013 16:50 PM

WH5... for not too much money you can buy a marker at the office store that will check for counterfeit bills.

Good Luck

persevere posted 5/29/2013 19:25 PM

Cash is definitely your friend on CL - my DD sold her car for $3000 and I was nervous - but he had cash, which turned out to be legit btw...lol. But, you just never know! Best of luck!!!

BrokenRoad posted 5/30/2013 20:39 PM

I was kinda looking forward to a motorhome race track.

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