Thought I would start this thread to document our (my wife and I) experience with our recently purchased FEMA travel trailer. Our primary reason for buying this is not for camping, but for full-time living (it's a long story, but it seemed to be the best option at the moment). After looking briefly at trailers and not knowing what to look for, we pulled the trigger and bought this 32' Gulf Stream Cavalier advertised on Craigslist for $4500. We picked it up for $3700. Seemed like a great deal, as it was one of those trailers that was never actually lived in. The guy we bought it from owned it since 2008, and it never left his yard (his wife was ill, and eventually passed away, so they/he never used the trailer).
Here's the pic from the CL ad:
I pulled it home with my Toyota Tacoma, which was a bit small for the task, but we made the 2 hr. trip back to Georgetown, KY. where we parked it at a new RV park that just opened earlier this year.
My primary task for full-time living in it was to convert it to all electric. Since my wife and I don't really use the oven, that was the first thing to go. We need the countertop and storage space more than the stove/oven. We have a nice Cuisinart toaster oven and a hotplate that suits our needs.
I am also replacing the hot water tank with a Rheem 9kw tankless water heater, which will require hooking up to the 50 amp 220v service.
Although unused, the trailer had water damage to the floor and roof. Since we are in the middle of moving out of our leased townhouse, I don't have anywhere to work on it so I contracted a local trailer repair business to fully replace the floor and roof with treated plywood. When I got the quote for just under $6k, I decided to move forward with it rather than sell it and buy something else (potentially no better than what I started with). Because of the extensive modifications I'm doing, i really didn't want to buy something new.
Thanks for looking, continued below: