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Old 01-24-2015, 06:49 PM   #11
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I also agree with:
1) Having it inspected by a professional. Can be well worth the cost.
2) Bringing along someone with experience.

Bring along a good flashlight for the inspection. It's not uncommon for used units to have black tank issues that can be taken care of but at at an addition cost to the new owner. It might be helpful to have some quiet time without the sales person around. For me I found it easier to think things over to come to the right choice for me. I almost walked away from my TT but asked for time alone.

As for not knowing anything about travel trailer remember that the Internet can be your friend. This forum is a great resource and you can find lots of videos online too. The best way to gain knowledge & experience is by using the trailer. Driveway camping is a good idea as you can find out ahead of time what you know and what you need to find out before hitting the road. The same with camping locally. Campsite neighbors are usually willing to help another RVer.


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Old 01-24-2015, 06:52 PM   #12
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Congrats on your purchase. Sounds like you got a deal that made you and yours happy. Enjoy your trailer. You will find this is huge step up from your pup and you will also find a hundred and one ways to spend money to make improvements on your new investment. Its lots of fun and I hope you grab for your share. You will meet a lot of good folks and they all will be willing to share their experience with you.
Lots of luck and here is to great new camping season to all!
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Old 01-24-2015, 07:02 PM   #13
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Good job in negotiating. In the library section here you can find the PDI checklist as a guide of what to check, and if you can find a mobile rv tech to help you, even better.

We also had a popup for 13 years, and loved it, but eventually its just time to trade up. This forum has helped us a ton to learn and enjoy the new trailer.


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Old 01-25-2015, 09:54 AM   #14
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Thank you, everyone, for all the good information. I remember when we first bought our pop-up and didn't know the first thing about it. Fortunately, when we purchased it, the previous owner took us on a 2 hour tour of the pup and explained how to do everything. Now with owning a travel trailer, it's starting over again only this time there seems to be so much more to learn and no one to show us what to do. That's why I came to this forum.
Unfortunately, we have not found anyone to do an inspection on the camper and we have to go take possession of it tomorrow. I contacted the only 2 people in my area that I could find. One can't do it Monday and the other will not get back with me so I guess my hubby and I are on our own. Just thought I might ask a couple more questions before we go tomorrow.
When we were looking the camper over the other day, I noticed the hand held shower was hanging off the hook so I hung it up. When I did, water was dripping pretty fast from it. Is that something that would be normal? The camper has been stored inside and I don't think it has been winterized. Where would the water come from that was dripping? I would think the water tanks would have been all drained. How do we tell? They are going to store it for us for free until April 1. I don't know how cold it will get inside of this huge building it is in. How low can the temps be before we have to winterize?
The camper has a vent above the front walk-around bed. We noticed that the vent cover is completely shattered and almost nothing left of it. Looks like a walnut sitting in there on the screen. They said they would fix that until we talked them down on the price almost $2000 so now it's up to us to fix it. How do we know if the roof can be walked on in order to replace the vent cover? How do you put a ladder up against the camper to get on the roof? Seems like the ladder might do some damage if it is leaned up against it. The camper is fiberglass. Is the vent cover an easy fix? How do we check for leaks in the tanks or plumbing or if everything works if we have no access to water?
Thanks again for all the help. I will look over the walk-through details on here and hopefully we will make the right decision on whether to go through with the deal.
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Old 01-26-2015, 08:03 AM   #15
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The shower might just have been some water left in the lines.

You should be OK to get on the roof. Below is a picture from the Rockwood brochure. Its a good idea to wash the roof periodically and the seams need to be inspected, so its necessary for somebody to be on the roof occasionally. The vent cover might be an easy fix depending on how the cover is attached. Otherwise you might want to get the mobile tech back on the phone. If you do need to get on the roof, I wouldn't lean a ladder against the gutters on the sides. Either put the ladder against the back, or better solution is a tall step ladder so you don't have to lean anything against the trailer.

If you have a water jug with a spout you could put some water in the tank and test the system by running the water pump. If the trailer is going to be below freezing for any extended period, it should be winterized either with anti-freeze or by blowing out all the lines with compressed air. And you'll want to sanitize the system when you get it out in the spring. You can find that procedure here on the forum too.


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