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Old 06-24-2011, 10:07 AM   #1
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Thinking of buying a travel trailer


My husband and I have been looking at travel trailers. We used to own a pop up with three little kids and will never do that again.

Now the kids are teens and we want a "real" camper. We don't know anything about them but do know we want something used and affordable that has 4 bunks in the back for the kids and their friends.

I have about a million questions so I thought I'd start here.

Hopefully we'll be buying one this week. What do we make sure is in good shape? Tires, brakes?


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Old 06-27-2011, 06:05 AM   #2
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Hi and welcome to iRV2.com. May I suggest asking more specific questions in the trailers forum? It is difficult to respond to very broad questions such as yours.

There are checklists available for taking delivery of an RV, but I think you are asking about the decision to buy rather than delivery time. One way to get a rig checked out is to hire a mobile RV repair service to check out the major components. They usually don't do chassis work, though, so you would have to get the dealer to tow it to a shop that does axles, brakes, etc.

Tires have date codes stamped on the sidewall. Make sure they aren't real old - probably less than 4 years for trailer tires.

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Old 06-27-2011, 02:42 PM   #3
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One of the first questions we need to know is what type of TV you have to tow it with. Size of TV will determine the size of the trailer. Make sure you go by the GVW of the TT not the dry weight. If you are unsure ask here on the forum. Don't go by what a salesman will tell you.

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