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Old 06-29-2012, 01:26 PM   #1
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Convert Park model with tanks

Purchasing a former FEMA trailer this weekend and cannot find a quote for the costs of hooking up holding tanks to it to use for non-park setting. The dealership heard it costs about $1000 but they have no idea who does it or how to do it yourself. Is there any help or advice anyone on here could give me? Thank you very much in advance, Rachel Cyr
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Everything on a park model is set up to be almost permanently parked in one place. No holding tanks, they are hooked up to a sewer line. No fresh water tank, they are hooked up to water line. So no 12 volt for running lights, fans, water pump. Refrigerator is only 120v elec. Range is also probably elec., and if it is it will be 220v. I would say it would not be impossible to make a park model ready to be used as a travel trailer, but it would be very expensive and difficult to make the transition.

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Ron is correct. There just isn't anything about a Park Model that lends itself to being used as a camping/travelling rig. Converting it would be difficult and expensive.

I'm curious how the dealer would have ANY idea of the cost of adding tanks if he had no idea who could do it. I think maybe he just pulled that answer out his nether-regions for the sake of sounding like he actually knew something.
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Thanks guys, headed out to see the dealership now that quoted that. It seems that there is a lot of misinformation in craigslist ads that say "no tanks, but you could buy a tank yourself for 100-200 and have installed". I think they are trying to market them as travel trailer type, when they really cant be used for such.
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It is mostly a matter of mounting and supporting the tanks in a area that plumbing can be run for the drains. You run plastic pipe. Supporting the tanks may require welding in more steel. The will not be insulated or enclosed.

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Coolness, we ending up buying a reg camper for a great price, under 11k with everything we wanted. Thank s for you help guys!
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Well come on cybercyr, tell us what you got. And pictures to show.

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Thanks guys, headed out to see the dealership now that quoted that. It seems that there is a lot of misinformation in craigslist ads that say "no tanks, but you could buy a tank yourself for 100-200 and have installed". I think they are trying to market them as travel trailer type, when they really cant be used for such.
They are, so FLAG those adds. People are buying them thinking they're getting a "camper" and they are not. By the time they learn, the seller has his or her money and there are no refunds or take-backs.

They're also the ugliest TTs out there with almost no windows and only the bare basics to get by.

Craigslist is full of scammers and con-men.
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Well ok, twist my arm.....
Really happy, been showing off the pics to everyone! It is a former FEMA, 2006 Mallard, but low use and wear, no smells, and fully self contained. Everything we wanted, bunks, space, outdoor shower. Our first rodeo, but think we did really good. 109 deg Georgia heat while we searched for hours (they had 200 FEMA campers) we spent 13 hours searching, buying and driving. Then we hit a Deer the last 30 min on the way home so now the search for a new car. LOL

Yes, she is right, no windows on some of those park models and some made your eyes sting so bad when you walked into them. It was scary. I like your advice about flaging or notifying any ads that i see about park model conversion, and will try to do it. =)

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Looks like it's got three slideouts? You do have lots of room!
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Only 2 slideouts, will need to learn how to use them. Picking up this weekend. I signed up for this forum to find a quick answer to the tanks question, but now that my sister and I are first time owners traveling across country Im glad that I did. We can come here for any questions and problems that come up on the way to California. Picking up exhaust brakes for the Ford F250 Diesel truck, and asking the dealership to talk us through all systems like water, sewer, leveling, etc.... Is there anything specifically we should ask them to teach us before we leave the lot?
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Well ok, twist my arm.....
Really happy, been showing off the pics to everyone! It is a former FEMA, 2006 Mallard, but low use and wear, no smells, and fully self contained.
Beautiful! It's hard to believe that's a FEMA trailer. It lacks that cheap tacky look and has windows! I assume it has holding tanks.

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Yes, she is right, no windows on some of those park models and some made your eyes sting so bad when you walked into them. It was scary. I like your advice about flaging or notifying any ads that i see about park model conversion, and will try to do it. =)

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The pics are great and you have a very attractive roomy TT. May you enjoy many happy camping trips with it. I Flag every FEMA adds unless the seller is honest and calls it a Park Model - if that's what it is.
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.. Is there anything specifically we should ask them to teach us before we leave the lot?
Yes, ask about anti-sway bars and a good "Weight Distribution" hitch. Your TT should be level while towing.
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