Once I discovered the carousel on Ebay, I had several questions for the person selling the item. I sent him several times attempting to get some information on the carousel. Below are several of the emails we sent back and forth:
I asked:"Do you have the dimentions for the carousel and the approximate weight of the item?
Rusty: "Hi, the carousel is approx. 48" in diameter and approx. 48" from the ground to the tops of the rides. The center post is approx. 8' tall. I hope this helps you. I would guess between 200-300 lbs. I was able to move it around, not lift it, but move it around on my trailer by myself. I hope this helps and I am sorry for the delay in this information. If you have any more questions please don't hesitate to contact me. Thanks for looking a this auction. Rusty
I then asked: I have another question regarding this item. Does this run on 110 or 220? Are you located just north of Kansas City? I live in Eastern Iowa, so if that is where it is at it is about a 5 1/2 hour drive. When would you require that the item is picked up by if I was the highest bidder (and met your reserve)? If the reserve is not met, are you willing to negotiate or do you have a solid number in mind? Also, do you have other pictures you could email me on this item?
Jim, the carousel runs on 110 and still has all of the original wiring that worked the coin box/timer so you could wire it direct or install a plug to plug it into a receptacle. Yes, I am just north and east of Kansas City approx. 30 minutes in Excelsior Springs, MO. As far as the pickup I can hold it for you if you are the winning bidder/buyer. I don't have any other pictures downloaded, but I could take some others if there is a particular angle or area that you are wanting to see, just let me know. Currently I have the reserve at $400.00 and I was hoping to stay fairly close to that figure if I can because the figures are in very nice condition for the age
of the carousel. Please let me know what you decide or if you should have any further questions. Thank you for your interest in this piece. It should go to a collector or someone with small children who can enjoy it. My kids have gotten too big for it now. Rusty
After this email I did bid and win the auction for $400.00. Below is the correspondence after I won the bid.
I asked: Can you give me exact dimensions for the carousel's base? I am trying to determine whether or not I need a trailer or not to pick it up.
Rusty: Jim, it would fit in a full size pickup if you did not want to haul a trailer. It is 48" in diameter so you could put it in the bed and strap it down good. I will have it on a trailer if we meet because I can move it around by myself onto the trailer. If you want to come to my house then a couple of us can pick it up and put it on a pickup. Just let me know what you would prefer to do. Thanks Rusty
I then replied: I'm planning on coming down Saturday morning to pick up the carousel. We plan on leaving early in the morning to pick it up. Is there a time that would be good for you to meet us? Can you give me some directions where you want to meet. Thanks! Jim
Rusty: Jim, Saturday morning will be perfect! Actually better than Sunday. Like I said before you can come to my home or we can meet (which would probably be easier) in Kearney, MO. There is a Truckstop at I35 and 92 hwy on the Northwest side, I think that would be a perfect place to maneuver this from one vehicle to the other.
As far as time, why don't you give me an idea of when you think you might be arriving. I would say that when you would get somewhere around Bethany, MO. or just crossing the Iowa/Missouri line then give me a call and at that point you will be approx. 1 to 1 1/2 hours from Kearney and I can head over that way to meet you.
I will give you my home and cell phone nos. so you can get me at one of them. Just for information I will be in a black Dodge 1 ton 4x4 truck w/trailer and the McDonald's carousel on it. Thanks Rusty
I then replied with: I would estimate us being there somewhere around 11:00am. The truckstop will be fine. I will give you a call when I hit the state line. I will let you know if there are any changes, but as for now this will be the plan. Thanks again! Jim