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Old 05-25-2016, 04:16 PM   #1
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We were out visiting a local dealer looking at the new units on the lot. Discovered an unsold 2014 trailer that really appeals to my better half. She likes the interior colors, layout, kitchen setup, etc. I'm great with all of that, but I'm wondering about what can have deteriorated while it's been parked. One issue that pops in my mind is the tires. Is it likely that after 2 years of sitting, they are flat spotted? Also, sitting without covers may have caused a bit of degradation, though with as close together as the trailers are, they haven't gotten a lot of direct sun exposure.
I'm pretty sure the unit was winterized and has anti-freeze in the water system. No idea if they would redo the winterization for the second winter.
Anything else that warrants an extra close inspections?

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Old 05-25-2016, 06:20 PM   #2
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Maybe ask for an extended warranty to be thrown in as part of the deal. It should but you also will want to double check the factory warranty will still apply (a quick call to the manufacturer, don't take the dealer's word).
As far as the tires go you could ask that they be balanced and if they won't balance to replace them. They're probably fine for a couple years but you might decide you want to get rid of the China bombs early anyway.

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Old 05-25-2016, 07:09 PM   #3
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You start with the roof. Caulk, seals, stuff like that.
Bring a flashlight. Open every cabinet. Look for discoloration.
Some brands don't handle the sun very well in southern states - paint, stickers.

In terms of tires, most of the OEM tires are crap anyway (we put new tires on a 1-week old RV) - so I'm not sure that those are a factor.

A bearing repack is probably in order as is a brake check.

Power it up, fill the tanks, go through a normal PDI. Could be a great deal.
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Old 05-25-2016, 08:49 PM   #4
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See if you can find a build date on the unit.

I bought my trailer in July of 2015 freshly delivered to the dealer from the factory - and it is titled 2016. I bought my previous trailer in May of 2013. It was built two months before - and it was titled 2013.

So, your 2014 could be six months or so newer or older than you think, which if it was winterized and moved around on the lot on occasion may not mean that much.

I would repack the wheel bearings at minimum. Sounds like a winner.
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As already said, check the roof and seams but since you are in Michigan, the UV exposure over two years shouldn't be a problem unless the factory scrimped on the lap sealant. If it were me, I'd replacce the tires with a set of Maxxis or other higher quality tires. You can either negotiate that as part of the deal. If the price is right, it could be a good deal.

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It's only two years and most of these sit outside anyway. I would expect quite a deal though.

You will have to work through the items that don't work from the factory or aren't acceptable. This is pretty normal for all new owners.
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Yes, I would get the serial number, call the manufacture and get it in writing, that you have the same warranty as a new unit. Just a word of caution !!!

A friend of ours bought a "new" 4 or 5 model year old unit. Dealer said "O yes you have the full factory warranty", Trouble is the manufacture had gone out of business or was sold and no warranty's honored. Nothing but trouble....I'm going to repeat that again Nothing but trouble In the industry it's known as Lot Rot Water damage all over the place. Water got in the walls, rotted the floor, turned into black mold growing up the walls. All started with the roof and the caulk sitting for those 4 or 5 years. The first time I saw it we notice "delam" on the back section of the trailer. Ended up selling it about a year later (trade in). Yes, they did got 50% the MSRP, but it was a total mess.

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If the slides were out the whole time then the seals may need to be replaced or at the very most inspected. I'd also look around for a possible water leak around the slides. Check all the caulking on the outside for cracks. Check the roof.
Not sure what you have for caps but take a look and see if they're starting to fade. Normal roof run off can look the same as fading sometimes.
Really only the outside is the main issue. But of course make sure everything works inside just like a normal walk thru.

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