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Old 07-10-2014, 08:00 AM   #1
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First trailer purchase . . .

My husband and I are purchasing our first TT - a used 2010 Innsbruck 298dbs. The price was $15,900 but it was dropped to $10,900 and the dealer's explanation was that they are consolidating two dealerships and they want to move trailers. We looked at a few comparable trailers and this one is definitly the most clean, spacious and fits our needs with the kids but also was the least expensive one. Which leads me to have many questions and I am hoping someone can help (in NJ there is no required inspection). The dealer is selling as is and of course there is no warranty that we know of. I have a call into GS to ask if we can purchase one. But - here are a few questions - (and all of my inforamtion comes from reading the internet - we have no knowledge of TT's or how they work).

1. The monitoring system panel was taken out. There are only wires in its place and the dealer is ordering us a new panel. Is this a red flag? Why would the previous owner have taken the panel out? I understand this monitors the tanks and if the tanks are not properly cleaned or maintained, the panels can give a false reading.

2. There is some white tape on the slide out in both corners - there is NO evidence of leaks and we checked the roof of the slide out and it looks ok. We also checked some of the other TT slide outs on the lot - and no others had tape. It was just a strip or two on each corner. Again, is there something else I should look for? The dealer did show us that the front of the TT is usually where you will see leaks - and we did NOT see evidene of any.

3. The smoke detector is also missing - why would someone take that?? Maybe its with the monitoring system!

4. We need to purchase sewer hoses - I'm ok with that. New clean ones will be better that someone old dirty ones I guess.

5. The dealer said in NJ there is a required LP test that they will do. At that time, they said the will test the heat. The air conditioning and fridge was turned on for us before we arrived - so we know that works.

If anyone has any other suggestions of things we should look at, it would be appreciated. Thanks!!
I have added the link below to the trailer we are purchasing - copy and paste to your browser if you can help us with any of the above. ... rsn=hybrid
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Old 07-10-2014, 03:16 PM   #2
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hope I'm not to late.

I was in your situation back is 2000. Looking back to then I should have learned a little more.
First, will your dealer provide any warranty at all? He should be willing to fix anything that doesn't work OR fails to work within 30 or 45 days after you get it home. Get that in writing from the guy that's staying in business.
Second, I hope you have a tow vehicle big enough to haul a TT. There are many opinions on this point but I'll offer this advice. The tow vehicle should be 10% heavier than the trailer you are towing. Talk to a local RV club members.
Third, condition issues should be the deciding factor. The coach must be complete. That smoke alarm must be in place and functioning just like at home. Look at the roof for evidence of repairs or dents. The roof structure is similar to the roof on a house, plywood.
Lastly, go to You Tube and find first time RV'er sites and videos.

I hope you have not experienced buyer remorse. Do your home work and don't rush into things.
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Old 07-11-2014, 04:39 AM   #3
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First off I would recommend you pay a qualified technician do an inspection of the unit. It sounds like there is evidence of a leak and the damaged area may have been repaired but possibly only partially. The tape in the corners may be because the structural framing in those corners is insufficient to secure the inside paneling via staples.
In most states it is illegal for a dealer to sell a unit without all safety equipment functioning. It sounds like there were parts that were robbed off the unit but until these parts are replaced there is no way to diagnose if there are any other system components that may be defective. Take it slow , get an inspection and let us know what you find and go from there. Good luck.
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X2 on RV Wizard's advice. It may be a steal because it's a trailer that they just want to get rid of.
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