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Old 02-12-2020, 09:28 AM   #1
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New Owner of an OLD Travel Trailer

My wife and I just bought an old 1983 Fleetwood Prowler Lite 16' trailer (for probably too much money). It would have been better to read these forums THOROUGHLY before buying. We are in the process of rehabbing it, and will most likely have to call in professionals to fix the front panel where we discovered well hidden wall leaks.


It would probably help if we even had a manual for the trailer, as this is our first one. problem is, there aren't any for a trailer as old as ours. Any great resource of manuals of a 1983 Fleetwood Prowler Lite 16' trailer that Google, eBay, and the rest of the internet can't find?


Any other suggestions, thoughts, prayers?
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The very best resource I know of and my go to place for all kinds of information is Google and YouTube.

You can see all kinds of travel trailer rehab on YouTube.

No need to find your exact trailer as they are all built the same. Find the oldest Fleetwood Prowler you can and go from there.

Good luck
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Get the model # off all the trailer systems and download the manuals. There’s your manuals. The general manuals I have seen that come with trailers are pretty much useless
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Old 02-12-2020, 11:06 AM   #4
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Most manuals I've seen are pretty useless. If you have specific questions or problems, asking a question here or searching You Tube videos will probably help. If you just generally need to know how to work everything, asking an experienced RV'er to give you a walk through would probably give you way more information than a manual. If you don't know anyone, ask here, or there is probably a local Facebook group for campers, and someone will likely be willing to help you out. RV'ers are pretty friendly folks.
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I agree with jergle. The manuals are not specific. Any one will do as well as the original.

I am guessing you will figure most of it out yourself. Ask about various systems when you are ready. Make and model of individual appliances with a picture yield the best results.
Check the tire manufacture dates before any serious towing. Up to 5 years is good to go. After that risk of flats and blowouts increase. Jack it up and spin the wheels to check for bearing play or roughness.
Check the emergency electric brakes while it is off the ground.

Sterilize your water system before drinking or cooking with it.

Fill and flush your holding tanks to see if they are working or filled with solids.
If the TT will be subjected to freezing weather, learn how to winterize.
Check out your battery bank and power wires for cracks, loose connections, and corrosion.

You probably know most of this already and I have probably forgotten something vital. Reading iRV2 posts about care for old trailers is a good way to gain experience without a lot of risk. Keep us posted with your progress.

I wish you good luck and happy trails ahead.
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