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Old 01-25-2015, 02:36 PM   #1
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Purchasing used TT .How to test systems?

We are purchasing a 2011 Micro Lite 23LB. It is set up in a large building at a car dealership. Our purchase is contingent on us seeing if everything works and we are going there tomorrow to check everything out. There is no water available to test any of the plumbing and of course nothing to test the sewer systems. Because it is used, there is no warranty. So what do we do?
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Old 01-25-2015, 02:42 PM   #2
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A mobile RV tech would be a good idea but will cost out of pocket if you buy or don't buy. If your unfamiliar with RV,s it would be a goodi dea if you can get one on short notice.
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Old 01-25-2015, 03:09 PM   #3
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Provided the battery is up to snuff, you should be able to pour a few gallons of water into the fresh water tank (if there isn't any now) and run the pump and get water to all the faucets and toilet. The battery should let you check most of the lighting, too.

Actually, I would think they'd have an extension cord you could plug in and verify the microwave and other 110 stuff works.

If there's propane, even with just the battery, you should be able to run the furnace. You should also be able to turn on the refrigerator on gas to at least see if it starts to get cold. If it does, switch it to AC and see if it continues to get cold. This could take an hour or so, though.
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Zinger,

Wife and I just traded in a 2013 23lb at Raper RV. Great little trailer. Hope everything works out for you...enjoy!


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Old 01-25-2015, 05:38 PM   #5
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Thanks for the help. We have never owned a TT before so we don't know the first thing about how everything works. How do I know if there is water in the tank in order to turn on the pump?
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Old 01-25-2015, 05:46 PM   #6
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Go to the camping row at Walmart, etc. & get a 30A to 15A adapter. Take your own heavy duty 15A extension cord so that you can test-out the 110V appliances like microwave & A/C. (Our A/C will run from a 15A breaker if we don't run the microwave, coffee, etc...) Take your own ladder & visually inspect the roof. IMPORTANT - Open every access panel & cupboard & look for prior water damage.

Last year we bought a used 2011 TT for a good price from a local dealer (same as FSBO on Craigslist) & feel that a 2-4 year-old TT offers the best bang-for-buck vs. new or older TT's... However, you have to be very picky & run-away if see anything that doesn't look right. In our case, the RV Dealer ran it through a thorough inspection, including a pressure test for leaks. They re-caulked everywhere, replaced a non-functional CO2 detector, fixed a few loose cupboards, replaced the battery & filled the propane tanks - all for no charge. (Equalizer 4 also included in the price...) During a 2.5 hour PDI we found a couple other issues, like an awning that needed adjusted, and they fixed everything on the spot. Even though used meant no warranty, we camped for 30 days without an issue.

Since you are not buying from a RV dealer who can readily fix things, you should factor that into your price.
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zinger, Patience's is the word here. If this used car dealer wants to "sell it and not just dump it" then he will wait. Have you researched retail cost of it? I would go to some RV dealers and just look and ask questions (adding water/turning on/off lights/checking tank levels), you'll be able to get the basic's in one trip. How much are you planning to use it? And, do you have desire, mechanical abilities, and the area (garage) to do repairs? I'm sure it will need some type of maintenance. At least all used RV's I've looked at do. Anything from greasing bearing axels to replacing 12 volt bulbs. I would find out the cost for a RV guy to look it over first.

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Just between you and me, the best I would offer is 20% low retail. Even in perfect condition. Any way that a starting point. Good luck and welcome to the forum.
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The NADA price is low retail $13,750 and the average retail is $16,555. They were asking $11,000 for it and we got them down to $9,200.
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For smaller TT's don't add-in all of the options when you use the NADA calculator - it creates a crazy inflated price... If I add all of the options my PT Tracer came with, my 2011 would list more than a new 2015...

So, looking at the 2011 Micro Lite 23LB, the low retail is actually $8,600 & the average retail is $10,350. Craigslist across the nation show prices above $10,000 so IMO if you can get it for around $9,000 you are getting it for a fair price provided it's in excellent condition & you can test everything for a couple hours...

Remember, RV dealers are getting tons of trade-ins from all of the winter RV Shows, so the next couple of months are also a good time to find a good price on used TT's at a RV dealer. Buying it from a RV dealer means you get the full pre-inspection & follow-up PDI with everything hooked-up.

In our case I spent about 2 hours looking behind every access panel & cabinet BEFORE making an offer and another 2.5 hours after the RV dealer addressed the issues I found during inspection #1. IMO a car dealer has no more to offer you then if you were buying it FSBO on Craigslist so your final price should take that into consideration... In our case, the RV dealer beat what I could negotiate with Craigslist sellers & they threw-in many free options including a WDH.
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The NADA price is low retail $13,750 and the average retail is $16,555. They were asking $11,000 for it and we got them down to $9,200.
yea, sounds like you didn't use NADA correctly.
you don't add value for things that almost always come with it. things like a/c, oven, stereo and so on.
you only add if something was added by the dealer or later on by the owner.
things like inverter or mag wheels or bigger tv.

you generally just bypass the Options section and just go right to value.
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