Scam Advertisement Warning
We've received a lot of phone calls and emails in the past few months
reporting scam ads on the Internet. Please be very careful if purchasing
a Full Camper, Weekender, Rialta, or other Camper model that we
sell on the Internet from a supposed private party. We've been doing
this for 17 years, we're not going anywhere, we have an office,
a lot, and you can come to our location and actually see the Campers
if you wish.
More Elaborate Scams The
scams are getting much more sophisticated, moving from ads with
just an email address for contact and a ridiculously low priced
Camper, to ads with phone numbers and fairly competitive prices
which make them appear authentic. Many even advertise free delivery
to anywhere in the USA. You probably guessed it already...they're
using disposable cell phones and email addresses.
Title Filppers We've also received
reports of a few people throughout the USA selling Campers
illegally (especially the Rialtas) by purchasing them from
people, then selling them unregistered. THIS IS
ILLEGAL IN ALL 50 STATES! They sometimes buy them from
people, and tell the seller they'll pay off their lien, so
they are selling Campers that still have money owed on them.
Remember: Having a title doesn't guarantee no lien
exists! These people will claim they're selling the
Camper for a sick relative, a friend, etc. They will
always refuse to sign the title, and will most likely demand
cash payment. Buying from these people can lead to
serious problems. First, registering it may be
impossible since you did not purchase it from the person
listed on the title. Second, you have no proof you
purchased the Camper from the person selling it. They
always refuse to sign any document linking them to the
Camper, so if there's a lien on the Camper, unpaid
registration fees, or it's a salvage or rebuilt titled
vehicle, you're stuck with it, and the fees to clear it up
can be significant. Last, here's an example of what
can happen: Years ago we had a customer purchase a
Rialta from one of these title flippers, and it had a
$30,000 lien on it. It took 5 years to get the vehicle
registered, and he had to pay off $15,000 of the lien to get
the title cleared. He has a judgement against the
title flipper, but has yet to collect any money because the
title flipper owes the IRS and other agencies money.
Why Exactly Are We Telling You This? Well, number
one, we see the ads and have a conscience. Number two, a great
many of these scam ads feature pictures of our vehicles, and people
think we're selling them. Many even have our license plate frames
prominently featured in the pictures. Unfortunately, some of the
people who purchased from us fell for a scam ad before doing so...and
lost a lot of money (over $375,000 combined to date...and that's
only the ones who told us how much they lost). So, if you
see an ad for a Full Camper, Weekender, Rialta, or other Camper
model we sell being sold in Florida, and there are snowcapped Yucaipa
mountains in the background of the pictures, it's a scam! If you
see an ad on the Internet that features pictures of one of our vehicles,
it will have Pop Top Heaven or Rialta Heaven in the ad details.
If it doesn't, then we are not the people selling the Camper.
Fraud Ad Example 1
Help Us Help Others If you see a suspicious
ad, we'd appreciate your reporting it to us so we may verify if
it's fraud for you, and if it is, we will have the ad taken down.
Also, if the ad features one of our Campers, please call us directly
at (909) 389-1491 to verify the ad is legitimate.