Wow, this is amazing and sad to see. As comparison with a reputable builder, the deposit I put in on two trailers that I have bought in the last few years were less than 10% each with full payment due one month before completion as verified by photos and vin they shared. This is with a builder that has an actual address, reference customers, has certified their trailer designs and builds with various recognized certifications, has business and product liability insurance, a website with tons of information etc. all the basics that I wanted to verify before making any order. No way would I ever put down 50% that far in advance, but I would also never buy a trailer that didn’t have industry certifications from an incorporated builder that carries product liability insurance. A lot of these backyard builders are going to go under this year, as well as some smaller companies I imagine, so now more than ever, it would be worth sticking to actual businesses with all these criteria. May cost more, but at least you will get a product. Or buy through a reputable dealer that shares these same criteria. Not meaning to sound like a told you so, but more as a caution to anyone thinking of buying from a backyard or unincorporated builder this year. I just wouldn’t.