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Old 11-17-2010, 12:39 PM   #1
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I'm in the process of purchasing this trailer. Is there anyone else who has one and can either recommend or warn me off this purchase?
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Old 11-18-2010, 03:25 AM   #2
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Other than Fleetwood went our of the TT business a couple of years ago so there is little to no dealer support - however an 03 is way out of warranty. Most of the appliances they used were "industry standard names" that can be fixed at most RV repair shops. The only parts you need to worry about are the structure itself - which may or may not be able to be repaired - outside of the factory - I think this one has laminated walls - once they delaminate (which can happen) the entire wall needs to be replaced - usually a factory job. So you need to look very close at all the seams both inside and out - check for any water damage on the inside and cracked caulk on the outside. If you find any water damage - run away as fast as you can. Some subtile signs of water damage are bubbles in the "wall paper" around roof vents and along the roof and wall seams. They may not have water behind them now, but they are a result of water intrusion. Also look at the floor - any discoloration esp darkening could also be a sign of water caused delamination. Check in the storage areas for signs of this. If there is no water problems - make sure that the Furnace, AC, stove, Hot Water Heater, and refer all work as advertized - since it takes awhile for the refer to start cooling - turn it on to its highest setting first, then start checking the rest of the TT - by the time you get done, the refer should be showing signs of cooling. Also inspect the tires - they should not be the ones that came on the TT and should have even tread wear and no checks on the sidewall - indicators of poor alignment and age from UV exposure. Also ask about brakes and bearings - by now they both should have been serviced - several times over.

If you do not feel comfortable doing this inspection - find a friend who also RVs and would be willing to tag along and offer advice.
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Old 11-18-2010, 11:24 AM   #3
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Thank You!

Thank you Randy for all that advice. I appreciate it very much!
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Old 11-18-2010, 07:07 PM   #4
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Like randy noted...look for leaks.
Lots of rust on the frig cooling unit, no ammonia smell.
Check the roof and roof seam and caulking.
Check the date code on the tires...no more than 5 years old.

Then you need to check the GVWR on the trailer and make sure your loaded Yukon is rated to tow the weight and can handle the hitch weight. Read this site for info on weights and ratings.

Once you pass the weight test (do not believe the RV sales person) you will need a good weight distributing hitch with sway control and a brake controller. I like the Reese Dual Cam Straitline and the MaxBrake controller.

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The Yukon is a model of Wilderness TTs - not the TV. However a good point was made to insure that your Tow Vehicle can handle the TT.
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