Anyone driving Melbourne to Tas Shortly?

Submitted: Monday, Oct 21, 2013 at 20:36
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Hi All. I was wondering if anyone is travelling across to Tasmania in the next several weeks, with a tow ball?
I have a buyer for my camping trailer, in Tas, but the Spirit of Tasmania want to charge a horrendous amount to send the trailer unaccompanied. The cheapest way they suggested was to find someone travelling across, and pay the trailer cost. (Plus a small fee for your trouble).

If anyone happens to be travelling in this rough timeframe and wouldnt mind assisting, please send me a message.
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Reply By: Ross M - Monday, Oct 21, 2013 at 20:47

Monday, Oct 21, 2013 at 20:47
Is the sale genuine? It is good if it is but be aware it may not be so.
There has been a few who want to buy but are on an oil rig etc. You send, but no money goes your way.

Genuine ones mostly travel over here and bring a tow ball with them.
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Reply By: bigfut - Monday, Oct 21, 2013 at 20:50

Monday, Oct 21, 2013 at 20:50
Hi Ross,
I've had a few of these oil rig scams too! The buyer is genuine, paying into my paypal account, but due to the costs for him to sail over with a car, then back with a car and trailer worked out to be $7-800. He is buying it on a budget, so I am trying to help him out.

Thanks for your help
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Follow Up By: Geoff in SA - Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013 at 07:15

Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013 at 07:15
Hi bigfut
2 options:
buy a bigger snorkel for the car and drive.
Or maybe see if you can get it on a truck returning. Some trucker may be happy to do it for a small fee.

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Reply By: Member - LeighW - Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013 at 10:50

Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013 at 10:50
Be wary of the Paypal transaction also, the can also be cons, here are just two popular examples:

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Follow Up By: Jacko84 - Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 11:51

Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 11:51
i'll second this - i was selling a car 2 years back and had similar dealings. the 'buyer' would only communicate via text or email, kept telling me how busy he was and could inspect the car, didnt haggle over the price at all. when i tried to call back on the mobile number in the text, i got the 'this number is not connected' business. fortunately thats as far as i took it, after a bit of research i found similar info to what Leigh has written in point 2.

Good luck!
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Reply By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013 at 11:01

Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013 at 11:01
We are going over there Christmas and new year and returning on the 4TH. Not. Just remember that I wont be taking any responsibility for any inspections and just have the standard flat 7 pin connector and a 2" ball. No time for driving all over the place but it would be nice if it was convenient to the ferry.

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Reply By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 07:41

Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 07:41

How did you go?

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Reply By: bigfut - Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 19:35

Friday, Oct 25, 2013 at 19:35
Thanks everyone for your posts. The buyer ended up picking up. Thanks again.
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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Saturday, Oct 26, 2013 at 05:32

Saturday, Oct 26, 2013 at 05:32
Good to hear but some of the scam watch doomsday sayers of EO will be dissapointed there was no drama consistent with their forecasts.
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