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Old 07-05-2014, 10:03 PM   #11
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Old 07-05-2014, 10:13 PM   #12
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WELCOME Joe (And Son!) from Huntsville, AL (Typing this as we are currently camping on the TN River )

You an your son will bond and build lifetime memories - I know - my son and I did...fly fishing in out pop-up camper!

You can hook the DW & DD (Dear Wife & Dear Daughter) though - a bug zapper does WONDERS - you will hook them the first BUG-LESS night out with S'mores and just sitting around the campfire playing UNO

Worked for me - Kids hate it that they have to work while 6 Actual (DW) and I camp this weekend LOL
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Old 07-06-2014, 11:00 AM   #13
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I appreciate the advice, I'm going to look locally for something. What sort of troubles should I look for? I own multiple trailers of my own, so I know what to look for as far as the tires, brakes, lights, but what about the actual travel trailer parts? Signs of water leaks and wear of course, but anything else specific?
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Old 07-06-2014, 11:14 AM   #14
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Check the fitment of the cabinet doors do the close square and held fast or pop open.
If equipped do sliding doors open and close without falling off the tracks.
Do you smell any mold or bile (old dometic 300)odors.
Brakes, axels, trailer hookup pigtail, battery and connections as well as the box.
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Old 07-06-2014, 12:12 PM   #15
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Hi there!

I see that lots of good suggestions have been provided. Buying an used unit can be a good way to start. To help determine the actual condition having it inspected could be worth the cost. Signs of previous water damage is a warning sign of trouble to come.

Whether or not you get an trailer or not I hope that camping will be a part of life for you & your son as long as it you enjoy it. Wouldn't it be great if the rest of the family decided to join in too sometime down the road? Under certain conditions my sister is opened to camping. (Believe me she's pretty picky about the conditions too.)

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I would like to suggest you also check the age of the tires on the trailers.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tirete...140706164029:s

Is the age of the tires less than five and within a year of each other?
Weather checked?
Look at the inside side walls.
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Old 07-06-2014, 06:24 PM   #17
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I appreciate the advice, I'm going to look locally for something. What sort of troubles should I look for? I own multiple trailers of my own, so I know what to look for as far as the tires, brakes, lights, but what about the actual travel trailer parts? Signs of water leaks and wear of course, but anything else specific?
Joehbus,
You would want to look for signs of water damage like soft spots in the flooring, peeling or bubbled wall or ceiling surfaces or water stains. You would also want to look for signs of walls or flooring being replaced or repaired.
If the exterior is fiberglass, look for cracks or repairs such as paint not matching or decals missing.
Some of the other things like others have mentioned...
Basic systems check to make sure the heat and AC work.
Does the water get hot?
Check the fuse panel for burned wiring ect...
lf at all possible, make a contract with seller to have the camper checked over by a dealer or qualified inspectorbefore the purchase.
Good luck, you'll do fine.
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