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Old 01-10-2017, 09:01 AM   #1
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Okay, who has the oldest trailer still in-use?

Just curious how long these things can go down the road if maintained. I just bought my first trailer and it is a '03 Roo 21'. I'm in the middle of a 40 sq ' floor replacement job right now.

Overall the trailer seems in good shape but for this leak the previous owner had. Looks like plenty of options for parts etc. online to keep them going.

So let's here it, how long are some of you keeping them?
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Old 01-10-2017, 09:22 AM   #2
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I had a 1967 we sold last year we still took it to nascar races and music festivals. It was a sight but it was fully functional. Just heavy as hell. Replaced the plumbing 5 years ago with my father in law but it worked lie a champ
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Old 01-10-2017, 09:23 AM   #3
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Old 01-10-2017, 09:42 AM   #4
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"Overall the trailer seems in good shape but for this leak the previous owner had."

Leaks are probably the worst problem a trailer/mh can have, along with the health problems generated by mold. The cost to do enough of a teardown to completely track and eliminate the water/mold damage, which can affect a broad area, then restore to original, can be overwhelming in what has to be done and the cost to do it.

I believe few owners will willingly hold onto an RV/trailer once a leak has sprung if they can get out of it financially.

Most fixes I have seen as an inspector are mostly trying to stop a leak coming in, but often leaving the cosmetic giveaways untouched. The owner ignored the underlying need to do a teardown to determine the actual extent of the damage internally.

If you can name a worse problem, let me know.
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Old 01-10-2017, 10:33 AM   #5
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Mine has served me well since 2016.
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Old 01-10-2017, 11:38 AM   #6
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"Overall the trailer seems in good shape but for this leak the previous owner had."

Leaks are probably the worst problem a trailer/mh can have, along with the health problems generated by mold. The cost to do enough of a teardown to completely track and eliminate the water/mold damage, which can affect a broad area, then restore to original, can be overwhelming in what has to be done and the cost to do it.

I believe few owners will willingly hold onto an RV/trailer once a leak has sprung if they can get out of it financially.

Most fixes I have seen as an inspector are mostly trying to stop a leak coming in, but often leaving the cosmetic giveaways untouched. The owner ignored the underlying need to do a teardown to determine the actual extent of the damage internally.

If you can name a worse problem, let me know.
I want some of what this guy is smoking...LOL
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Old 01-10-2017, 01:17 PM   #7
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My 2017 has been mine for 2 months now.

My oldest one was a 1969 popup that I got around 2005. Bought it for $700, put a window ac unit in for $100. and sold it 2 years later for $1000.
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I sold a 59 metzendorf that I loved but got older needed something bigger with some more comforts
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Old 01-10-2017, 02:06 PM   #9
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We currently have our 4th RV and my parents had 5 thru their 45 year camping life. I believe the longest we had any of them was ~10 years, but none of them (except for the one the tree fell on ) was in a condition that forced the change.
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Old 01-10-2017, 02:29 PM   #10
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Not a trailer but our amazing VW Westy was used for 18 years. VW worked great but a bit rusty and in-laws gave us a Tioga MH. Ended up using the Tioga until it 20 yrs old. Hope I can get 20 out of my Forester!
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