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Old 05-31-2015, 03:01 PM   #1
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Hello, and thank you for letting me join you fine folks. At the moment, I do not own an RV, however, my wife and I are seriously considering taking the plunge. We have a four year old daughter with a great lust for learning and adventure and we thought this might be a great way to encourage that idea. However, we are not sure what we should do next. We have a 2008 Chevy Suburban and are considering a travel trailer, but I'm not familiar with trailers. We are on a rather tight budget, so we are looking at used trailers. What should we look for to ensure we are not buying a "lemon", what manufacturers are the best value, do we really need to invest in a campground membership to enjoy our trailer, and finally, we have a very small property so any recommendations for storing a trailer would be helpful. We are currently looking at a 2002 Wildwood 27' that is for sale locally for $3000. The price is right, but what other things should we consider? Any advice is welcome and I look forward to becoming a part of the RV community. Thanks!

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Find a trailer that has a floor plan you will be happy with, in your price range. Bear in mind that there will be days where you will be "stuck" in it, due to inclement weather. Will it suit your needs? Then get an RV tech to give it a thorough inspection to determine that all is okay.

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One important and expensive consideration when on a limited budget is tires. Make sure the tires aren't very old, at 6 years old you should be replacing them.
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Look for water leaks, around corners, inside cabinets, under end tables etc,Check for rotted wood around trailer frame. doorways. An ice pick is a good probe !
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water leaks

welcome to the forum.

the roof is one large consideration, the previous talked about this.
there is a video on you tube you need to watch, he explains what to
look for. i think you will be surprised.

if this is a private sale quiz the owner well. ask for a demo of appliances
etc. water pump, toilet etc. good luck.

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One important and expensive consideration when on a limited budget is tires. Make sure the tires aren't very old, at 6 years old you should be replacing them.
Good advice, for both trailer and tow vehicle.
Also, read about weight distribution hitches and sway control. You will need to buy a setup, or maybe the trailer might be sold with it.
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For that age of a trailer I would look for signs of water leaks and damage. Look in the storage areas with a bright light for discolor wood of floor that has lift up. I would make sure it has a floor plan that you are happy with and not just getting it because it a good price. If you are like me we keep them for awhile. Our last one we had for 12 years.

It a great thing to do when the kids are young. You will make so many great memories.

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