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Old 10-28-2010, 08:03 PM   #1
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New 2 me 2006 27BH

Hello friends.
I just purchased a 2006 Salem LE 27BH and was wondering if there is a list of items I should check and/or just replace/repair? This is my first TT so I do not have my own list already.


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Old 10-28-2010, 08:12 PM   #2
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I would suggest that you start reading. Look in the tech areas for folks that had issues with their camper and the solutions that worked.

If you have questions about any area in particular, post in that forum and someone will be along shortly with an answer to your prayers. (hopefully!)

Welcome to the forum and have fun with your new camper.
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Old 10-28-2010, 08:43 PM   #3
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Carl, if the tires are original, I would start with those. Check the DOT date......it will be in a stamped area after a bunch of other numbers. Something like 3404 (34th week of 2004). If they are 5 or 6 years old, they should probably be replaced, no matter what the tread looks like.
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Old 10-28-2010, 09:11 PM   #4
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Carl, if the tires are original, I would start with those.
Great advice! Many thanX.
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Old 10-28-2010, 11:45 PM   #5
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Carl, if the tires are original, I would start with those. Check the DOT date......it will be in a stamped area after a bunch of other numbers. Something like 3404 (34th week of 2004). If they are 5 or 6 years old, they should probably be replaced, no matter what the tread looks like.
In PA, campers with brakes require a yearly inspection. After replacing the tires with new ones, I would have the brakes and wheel bearings inspected/repacked.
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Old 10-29-2010, 12:40 AM   #6
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After replacing the tires with new ones, I would have the brakes and wheel bearings inspected/repacked.
Another great idea! It is my understanding this trailer sat in a lot for the last 4 years. But either way a good check over of the breaks and repacking the bearings is good mojo.
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Do you know the condition of the holding tanks?

Was it winterized for long term storage before it was put up?

Be Very careful putting water in for the first time. There could be leaks.

I would put 2 or 3 gallons into the fresh water tank (not the city water connection yet) and see if the DC water pump will (a) prime and (b) pressurize the system before I tried connecting up pressurized outside water. If you do have a cracked pipe or fitting, high pressure water will really make a mess fast.

Visually inspect all propane fittings before checking out whether the appliances work.

Rodent damage to wires? Use care.

Lots to do before your first camping trip.
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Old 10-29-2010, 08:02 AM   #8
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The trailer is one of the famous FEMA trailers that were never used...

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Do you know the condition of the holding tanks?
I paid a little extra to get it from a middle man who has checked and repaired all non working systems so everything is reported to be working. I think it is reasonable to say in reality I have no clue. Grin.

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Was it winterized for long term storage before it was put up?

Be Very careful putting water in for the first time. There could be leaks.
Good idea. I did trace all the visible water fittings right after they pressure tested it. But from another thread it sounds like their might be some under the trailer behind the insulation?

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I would put 2 or 3 gallons into the fresh water tank (not the city water connection yet) and see if the DC water pump will (a) prime and (b) pressurize the system before I tried connecting up pressurized outside water. If you do have a cracked pipe or fitting, high pressure water will really make a mess fast.
Good advice. I usually do this on my boat every year so it sounds like very good advice for the trailer.

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Visually inspect all propane fittings before checking out whether the appliances work.
I have already identified one of the quick disconnects at the front as needing replacement. But I have not yet had a chance to run my leak detector over the whole system.

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Rodent damage to wires? Use care.
I did not see any evidence of rodents chewing on the unit. But I also have only had access to it at the lot for about 2 hours... Grin.

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Lots to do before your first camping trip.
I am not sure if I am more excited about working on it or camping. Big grin. I needed a new project that would get my son and I out of the house.

Really good advice! Please keep it coming!
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"The trailer is one of the famous FEMA trailers that were never used..."

Careful here. I understand that some of those trailers did not have holding tanks and were designed to hook up to the sewer directly.

"I am not sure if I am more excited about working on it or camping. Big grin. I needed a new project that would get my son and I out of the house."

Me too.
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Old 10-29-2010, 09:12 AM   #10
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"The trailer is one of the famous FEMA trailers that were never used..."

Careful here. I understand that some of those trailers did not have holding tanks and were designed to hook up to the sewer directly.
Yep. They had some of those as well but I was not interested as the amount of retrofitting required was more than I was willing to take on.

It i also easy to identify them as they have standard house refrigerators.
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