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Old 08-06-2012, 06:37 AM   #11
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Hi Jim, the limb poked through the right front corner above the front bedroom. There wasn't a lot of structural damage from the limb but water did get in.

Either way, my boyfriend is going to have to remodel and replace on the dime of the current owner. We will make our decision about a permanent purchase after he opens it up to see the true extent of the damage.

I opened up the storage bay underneath the front and there is zero damage under there. No signs that water pooled in the floor etc. The fridge compression and wiring, the heating unit, the bay with all the pipes etc all look great. No signs of corrosion or wear. I suspect the TT was hardly used prior to the damage.

Also, this past winter the unit was used by a tenant, so the heating, water, fridge etc were all used.

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Old 08-06-2012, 06:56 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by SoggyGranola View Post
Also, this past winter the unit was used by a tenant, so the heating, water, fridge etc were all used.
This is great news. Worst case is a unit that sat unused for a few years.
No one maintains a unit that sits unused.


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Old 08-06-2012, 07:40 AM   #13
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if u towed it home and had it hooked to ur vehicle, u have already applied DC to the unit. you could plug into the tow vehicle and the interior lights should work. the frig needs DC for the circuit board in order to work. if u r not familiar with the absorption frig, it takes a couple hrs to cool off.
if there wasn't wiring in the area of the limb, good chance ur ok electrically. hopefully, the fuse will protect u if there is.
gas lines should run underneath and good chance they weren't affected. i would still test it. i had to buy (accept) a test on my gas system on a new trailer.
water damage gets more serious the longer it is allow to leak. if it was protected right away, it will probably dry out without farther problems. there are always exceptions; if it gets under tile, it takes a long time to dry out and will cause damage.

i'd say patch the damage and enjoy the trailer. do a test run in ur driveway first then venture out.

u have some more maintenance that needs to be checked out. check out post on here abt the hw heater anode rod and winterizing.

i guess a little late but welcome to the forum. there is lots of knowledge here. i have found the members to be most helpful. my first trailer was bought in 92 used and it was a learning curve. joined here abt a yr ago and have learned considerably more in the past year than the 15 yrs prior.
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Old 08-06-2012, 03:11 PM   #14
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LOL Thanks Jim! I have already learned wayyyy more than I thought I would. I regurgitate the info I get here to my BF and he looks at me like I have 12 heads!!

I cleaned it out today (most of it as I was without running water just yet). Wiped down all the walls, drawers, cabinets with diluted bleach solution. Cleaned the fridge and stove. I also cleaned all the upholstery. Pulled everything I could from the fridge and put in the dishwasher and all the light covers. Scrubbed every nook and cranny of that thing!!

I've got my pen and paper to go out and write down all the model numbers of the appliances and important working parts. I know it's a Dometic fridge (have to check that pesky recall), a Magic Chef stove and oven, ShurFlo water pump and I did find where the converter is.

I'm all geeked out about this and my BF is making fun of me!!

I have 5 kids and I'm a full-time student. I make a hobby out of being organized!! I have 2 pages of packing and shopping lists! I can't do too many mods to the unit until we know for sure we will buy it so I'm going to container-ize whatever I can for now.

Thank you for all the information! Tomorrow we will be getting the electrical adapter, our battery and the gas system checked so I should be up and running in the driveway tomorrow evening.

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