Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Would you buy a Used Trailer From These Guys?

We recently got a letter from -

The Disaster Assistance Directorate, entitled "Notice of Interest in Purchasing Temporary Housing Unit."

They want to know if we want to buy our trailer, however they aren't willing to tell us how much they want for it, in spite of monthly inspections every three months.

"Notice Returning the Notice of Intent does not obligate you to purchase a temporary housing unit nor does it guarantee your eligibility to purchase the unit."

The News media has been all over it.
March 8, 2007 (AP) To dispose of the used trailers, FEMA is operating an auction through a government Web site. Wednesday evening, the agency had 47 trailers on sale from its Hope depot. Bids ranged from $5,191 for a 2006 Coachmen Spirit of America trailer with possible water damage and a missing stove grate, battery and other items, to $12,600 for a 2006 Sunnybrook RV Sunset Creek trailer with "no obvious exterior damage."
Thursday, March 8, 2007 By Washington Post Staff Spencer S. Hsu "FEMA cannot sell unused mobile homes directly to the public because of legislation passed by Congress in October at the industry's urging. Instead, the agency must now go through a time-consuming process of trying to donate them first to federal, state and local agencies and public service groups, according to the Manufactured Housing Institutes's Web site."
FEMA Trailers up for Sale The Times Picayune May 15, 2007 In the case of housing units that were new when delivered, and used for 12 months since delivery, typical sales prices would be $650 for a travel trailer, $13,000 for a mobile home and $2,500 for a "park model" small mobile home, officials said.
GSA runs an auction web site where you can buy as many travel trailers as you want. individually or in lots of up to 100. They have pictures and everything.

A Thor Kodiak 29qbh, similar to mine.

Although the pictures may not be the trailer actually up for sale.

Current bids for trailers from the same company as ours run a wide range;
2006 THOR KODIAK TRAILER 71FMPI07370023$2600

2006 THOR KODIAK TRAILER 71FMPI07370052$3600

2006 THOR KODIAK TRAILER 71FMPI07370077$3950

2006 THOR KODIAK TRAILER 71FMPI07370001$6000

2006 THOR KODIAK TRAILER 71FMPI07370060$3433

2006 THOR KODIAK TRAILER 71FMPI07370056$6001

2006 THOR TRAVEL TRAILER 31FBPI07097104$5010

2006 THOR TRAVEL TRAILER 31FBPI07097107$4454

2006 THOR TRAVEL TRAILER 31FBPI07097112$4985

Most trailers up for sale seem to be located in Hope Arkansas. Hmmm I wonder if Hundred Dollar Bill is trolling for girl friends as James Carville infamously remarked about Paula Jones.

The aesthetic is in keeping with the Clinton Presidential Libary Presidential Center and Trailer Park which has also been repeatedly compared to a FEMA Emergency Living Unit.

We sent the form in so we'll see what they offer us.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

They're back up for sale! Read: http://www.governmentauctions.org/fematrailers.asp