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Old 02-12-2008, 12:47 PM   #1
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We are looking to buy a used TT that's 26-28'ft. long, years 1998-2005,and is self-contained. What are the mostimportantquestions to ask the seller? Many thanks for any comments/replies!

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We are looking to buy a used TT that's 26-28'ft. long, years 1998-2005,and is self-contained. What are the mostimportantquestions to ask the seller? Many thanks for any comments/replies!

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Old 02-12-2008, 02:15 PM   #3
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First of all - welcome to iRV2!

I never bought a used TT, but I sold one 2 years ago.

There are many items to be considered:
<UL TYPE=SQUARE><LI>Remember, the TT is not new so don't expect everything to be in pristine condition.
<LI>Check the ceiling for stains that may indicate a roof leak.<LI>Check along the the bottoms of the walls for stains that may indicate a water leak or window leak.<LI>Make sure the refrigerator works (on both gas and electric).<LI>Make sure the water heater works (on both gas and electric(if available)).<LI>Make sure the furnace works.<LI>Make sure the air conditioner works.<LI>Make sure the water pump works.<LI>Make sure the toilet works.<LI>Check the tires for dry rot.<LI>Check the roof - has it been cleaned and maintained?<LI>Check the awning for fabric tears and make sure the supports function.<LI>Check the rear bumper - the sewer hose is usually stored here - is it rusted through?<LI>Check the entrance door - is it stable and not rotted?<LI>Make sure the electric brakes work.<LI>Make sure all running lights work.<LI>Ask for maintenance records - have the wheel bearings and other suspension components been maintained?<LI>Make sure the city water connection works.<LI>Make sure all faucets and showers work.<LI>Check the batteries - have they been maintained?[/list]
I'm sure there are other items I'm forgetting. I'll add them if I think of them.
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Old 02-12-2008, 02:18 PM   #4
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My wife and I purchased a 1998 24-foot Jayco Travel Trailer last year. The empty weight was about 4500-5000 pounds. We used our Ford F150 truck with the 5.0-liter engine to pull it on our first trip. The gas mileage dropped from 15.0 to 10.5 miles per gallon pulling the trailer and we could not drive faster than 50 miles per hour. We had plans to take the trailer to the mountains of NC a few months later and realized we did not have the truck for the job. We have a heavy-duty hitch and electric brake controller. Our truck bumper would not have been strong enough for pulling a trailer.

Issue Number One: Make sure you have the right tow vehicle. Not just pulling power, but stopping power. Our F250, 7.3 turbo works good for our 6500 pound, loaded trailer.

Things we learned: The refrigerator works on electric and propane.
The hot water heater works on electric and gas but only holds six gallons. We have never run out of hot water with the two of us.
The trailer has two propane bottles. Learn how to access both tanks.
Ask how old the tires are. Replace if they are more than 5 years old.
Ask how to change a tire and where to place the jack. Where is the spare tire?
Ask when the wheel bearings were last greased. Learn how to do it.
Ask how to light the stove and oven.
Learn how to use and store the awning if you have one. Practice a few times before you go on your first trip.
Plug in the Airconditioner and see how well it works.
Test the furnace. The furnace heats using propane but does need 12 VDC battery power also.

Check the quality of the mattress. Sleeping well is very important.

The folks on this site are great. Ask lots of questions and they will give you some great advice. I wish you the best in finding just the right trailer.

We love our trailer.
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Welcome to iRV2. When looking a used trailer, first thing is the smell when you open the door. If it smells musty or damp, don't bother to look any farther. There is probably a water leak....this leads to rot of the side walls, delamination and floor rot.

Next is a visual look for any signs of leaks. Take a flash light along, look in lockers, cabinets and pull drawers out and look back in the dark area for any sign of water.

Once you have the initial look out of the way, make sure it fits you. Sit in it for a spell and "playhouse". See how you would fix a meal, store dishes, food etc. Try on the shower and sit on the toilet to see if there is room to do the necessary things. Is there a place to store linens and you toiletries? See if you have enough space to store clothes and hang clothes.

If it still fits your needs, you need to hire an independent RV tech to check over the trailer as for all of the systems working properly and check the brakes and bearings. Check the date code on the tires...5 years is the limit on TV tires. You will have to pay him $100 to $200 to get this done. And do not pay the selling dealer for this service as they have a vested interest to sell the trailer at the highest possible price to whoever will buy it.

Have fun shopping.

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Old 02-13-2008, 04:07 AM   #6
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Thank you for your replies and information. All of this info will be very useful to us.
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This past weekend we ended up purchasing a 2000 Prowler. We think it will fit our camping needs very well and we're anxious to try it out. Thanks for all of your suggestions!

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