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Old 10-01-2016, 02:47 PM   #1
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1st Time Purchaser Uh-Ohh

2004 18ft TT.
Found soft floor rot in 3 places about the size of my fist.

My question, is this typical of most older trailers ?
Is it to be expected ?

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Old 10-01-2016, 03:04 PM   #2
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Old or new, water leaks are common. You need to go over the roof, and any opening, several times a year. It doesn't take much water to cause rot, and not much rot to render the trailer worthless. You are learning the hard way about inspecting everything before and after purchase.

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Old 10-01-2016, 03:40 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply and upfront answer.

Long story short, this will be home on the road for awhile.

I havent brought up the found soft spots to seller yet.
And dont know whats involved, other than watching terrifying youtube videos on floor repair.
It is still at his house. My truck needs trailer wiring before towing.
He said would buy it back if I had a change of mind, before I paid.

But, for the money, dont know if I can do better for this length.
And just deal w/ it. The next one could be worse.
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Old 10-01-2016, 04:31 PM   #4
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If you have an out why wouldn't you take it? Learn from this and make sure the one you actually buy is better. If you discovered this you are almost certain to discover a whole lot more wrong later.
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Old 10-01-2016, 05:43 PM   #5
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To give an idea what it is....
2004 Sun Valley Road Runner 180 2200lbs dry
All appliances
am/fm/cd radio
Shower w/ sml tub, head
2 heaters, A/C
Dual axle electric brakes
New tires w/spare
12vbat, 1 propane tank
etc. etc

btw- where is the VIN on this usually located ?
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Old 10-01-2016, 09:08 PM   #6
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Get out of it if you can. To answer your original questions, the answers are, in order:


Spend your money on something else, something is better shape. I would rather take a trailer that had nothing else I wanted in it as long as it had never had a water leak or wood rot issue *ever*, or a propane problem, or axles/brakes. Axles, hubs, brakes, propane system, and keeping the inside dry are, to me the most important concerns of an RV.
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Old 10-02-2016, 11:27 AM   #7
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3 different people w/ the same advice, pretty much tells it all.
I do very much appreciate it.

Will be contacting the seller and post a followup.
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Old 10-05-2016, 02:16 PM   #8
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get out of it

water can also do unseen damage, not just the obvious.

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Old 10-05-2016, 02:23 PM   #9
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Get out!
You're buying a problem. It probably has mold also.

If you are looking for a 18' or so TT you can find good ones out there.
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Old 10-05-2016, 07:36 PM   #10
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Yes, get out. This may be only the beginning of issues. You will be guaranteed to have more unseen issues. This time of year you should be able to find TT that may fit your need, since RV'ing season is pretty much over and people are generally ready to unload what they have for a cheaper price than they would in the spring/summer season.
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