Before I do anything else, I want to wish our pal Chris Yust happy birthday. Not only is Chris our insurance agent, she and her hubby Charles are two of our oldest friends in the RV world. We first met at an Escapees RV Club rally in Goshen, Indiana what seems like a lifetime ago when we were all vending from our RVs at outdoor booths. Oh, the good times and laughs we have shared over the years!
I shouldn’t be surprised at some of the emails I get after all this time, but I still do occasionally. Yesterday I got one from somebody who is looking for a used RV and placed a wanted ad in a local online buy/sell group. Almost immediately they got a response from somebody offering them a “deal” that just seems too good to be true. Can you see where this is going already?
According to the person who answered their ad, who they described as “friendly and grandfatherly,” he won a brand-new 45 foot 2017 Allegro Bus, which is a top-of-the-line diesel pusher motorhome with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of over $440,000 in a charity fundraiser. He told them he has no need for it and just wanted it to go to a nice couple who would enjoy it. And here’s the best part of the whole deal – because he is already in such a high tax bracket, he can’t afford to make a profit on the rig. So he is going to sell it to them for just the $10,000 that his entry into the fundraiser cost him!
All they had to do was deposit the money into a special escrow account he had set up to show that they were serious and he would arrange to meet them with the motorhome. And just to let them know that he wasn’t some kind of scam artist, he assured them that if for any reason they weren’t happy with the RV, he would immediately refund their money. Why don’t I ever find deals like that?
They said that alarm bells were going off as soon as they started hearing from the guy, who has contacted them four or five times now. Alarm bells hell, they should be hearing tornado sirens!
No, they’re not going to fall for it. But the scary thing is, there probably is some fool out there that will. Let’s keep it real, folks. Anytime a deal sounds too good to be true, you can bet your bottom dollar that it is. And trust me, anybody who is in such a high tax bracket that he can’t afford to make a profit on something has enough lawyers and accountants on his payroll that they’ll figure out some way to do it.
In other news, congratulations to our dear friend Al Hesselbart, who was named the 2017 recipient of the Spirit of the Hall of Fame award at the RV Museum and Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Indiana on Monday. Every year the Spirit Award is given in recognition of someone who has demonstrated his or her desire and dedication to further the legacy of the RV/MH industries’ heritage. I can’t think of anybody who is more deserving.
For those of you who do not know Al, he was the historian at the RV Museum for many years and is the author of two excellent books on the history of RVing, The Dumb Things Sold… Just Like That! and RV Capital of the World: A Fun-filled Indiana History. Both books are entertaining and educational, and well worth your time.
Speaking of books, I was making up for lost time yesterday and did over 6,000 words in my new Big Lake mystery book. That puts me almost 3/4 of the way to the end. Hopefully it won’t be long now, folks!
Several blog readers have asked where they can find pictures and information on our 2002 Winnebago Ultimate Advantage motorhome, which we are selling. I have set up a page for it, with lots of info and photos. You can access it here at this Motorhome For Sale link.
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Thought For The Day – Facts are stubborn things – Ronald Regan.