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So what do you do if you pull up to your next property and see this……………


If you said have it towed or call a junk yard/dump you’d be dead wrong. Apparently no one wants this heaping pile of junk. In fact all of the junk yards within a 30 mile radius of the property wanted to charge me between $900-$1400 just to take it in……plus the tow. Try explaining that to your AM. You’ll probably get as far as I did which was “let’s try and figure something else out” which is AM code for “take care of it or we’ll find someone that will.”

So after some crafty detective work I found out that the reason for the high cost was the labor involved with breaking the thing down. I guess because the way these campers are built, stripping the metal is a daunting task worthy of charging a fortune. Long story short I had one of my contractors unbolt the cab from the frame on site and strip it down into 3 sections: chasse, scrap metal and wood. They hauled away the now well sorted out piles of junk and a tow truck came and took the chasse which would now be accepted by the junk yards for free.

The end result………..$200 for the tow and $240 for my guys to break down and haul away the scrap and saving my client $755 in the process. Yes...I do feel like a hero thank you very much.

I’m sure some of you have had this same pleasurable experience but this was a first for me. Gotta say though, this is why I love what I do. Sometimes we get so far outside of the box I’m not sure what profession I’m in. Good stuff, right! Of course the easy ones are nice too!

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Tags: asset, campers, contractors, junk, managers, out, preservation, property, trash, vehicles

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Comment by George Kenner on December 22, 2009 at 9:18pm
Usally the vin plate disappears and you call the cops in and they take it as a stolen...
Comment by Ruben Marron, Broker on December 17, 2009 at 9:12pm
Good Job andgreat thinking!... I had one years back.. and had the same situation, I had an AM that didnt want to deal with it. My contractor was able to roll it to the curb, left the door unlocked and it was gone a few days later... it's probably someones rental unit somewhere in a Los Angeles back yard now. : )
Comment by Mark McMahon on December 17, 2009 at 1:03pm
Had one 2 years ago that had been turned into a bedroom. The towing company picked it up, no charge. Keep in mind scrap was twice the price at that time. great idea!
Comment by Denise Stovall on December 17, 2009 at 12:36pm
A problem solver...great client service.
Comment by Susan Cook, RDCPro, CDPE, SFR on December 17, 2009 at 4:36am
Great post
Comment by Jesus (Jesse) Gonzalez on December 16, 2009 at 9:38pm
WOW....not sure anything else needs to be said.

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