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Old 12-22-2015, 10:21 PM   #1
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Hi all. Long time lurker finally ready to pull the trigger on a used smb. I have looked at several as I live near Sportsmobile West in Fresno, but this is the first one I am seriously considering. I'm looking for opinions from experienced smb'ers on this rig:

I am looking at it tomorrow. The price is quite a bit higher than NADA. What do you guys think a fair price is (I get the whole 'it's worth what someone is willing to pay' argument, but I'm looking for advice on what more experienced smb'ers think)?

Thanks folks!

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Old 12-23-2015, 10:49 PM   #2
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So hard to try to guess someone else's needs and intentions. To me, it's way overpriced but having said that, my estimates of a reasonable value are usually off and the limited supply of camper vans means they'll probably get that price for it eventually.

Maybe look at it this way, whats the book value for a plain van of that age and mileage? Is the camper interior worth the difference to you? Could you get a similar or newer van and have it built out for that amount or less? Could you buy a trailer or truck and camper for that price?

Seems like a lot of money for something that age and mileage to me but it might be worth it to you.

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Old 12-23-2015, 11:05 PM   #3
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When trying to obtain a value on these vans, you'll find that there is no real source for what the van is worth. It will really come down to whether or not the layout is what you want and how much you're willing to pay. Will there be another van that with a lower asking price? Most likely, but when that van comes up for sale is anyones guess. If you want a SMB now and this one fits your budget, is the layout you like, and you want to go camping this weekend, then get it!

I don't think the asking price is that far off. Considering a lot of the 4x4 SMB's of that vintage are still getting mid to high $30's, that would put you right in that pocket if you spent the money on a 4x4 conversion. For example, this SMB with 4x4 had an asking price of $38k and it is a 2000 with higher miles. It does have the V10 and some other goodies, but thats $16k more than the asking price of the one you're looking at. You could get all those goodies added on for the $16k (except the V10).
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Old 12-24-2015, 08:33 AM   #4
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It looks real clean. I think it's a reasonable price to start negotiating from. With those miles on, I'd have a mechanic do a multipoint inspection and estimate the cost of any repairs. This could help with negotiations. Happy hunting!
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