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Old 05-10-2012, 07:24 PM   #1
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Hay guys,

My wife and I are going to look at a 72 overlander 27' trailer this weekend. I have seen pictures of the trailer and it has no dents. I have also spoke to the owner many times and he tells me it has no floor rot and everything is there. However he is not sure if the A/C works. He is asking $4500 What do you guys think?

Thanks Sam

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Old 05-10-2012, 07:46 PM   #2
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See if you can get one of our inspectors from the Forum or WBCCI to go with you to evaluate the conditions first hand. There is a lot of things that could have gone wrong over the 40 years this unit has been traveling down the highways. I do not believe it will have a gray water tank and that means you will be required to carry a BlueBoy in most states and campgrounds.
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Old 05-10-2012, 08:08 PM   #3
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Well the axels are shot. I would verify the floor rot. The 4 corners where the straight section meets the curved sections are leak locations. At the back where the bumper plates goes under the floor is a BIG leak area. The areas you need to see are probably covered up. They all look good till you peal up the flooring. Look under the sink area in the back. To the right of the door is a prime area for leaks as well.

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Old 05-10-2012, 08:08 PM   #4
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See if you can get one of our inspectors from the Forum or WBCCI to go with you to evaluate the conditions first hand. There is a lot of things that could have gone wrong over the 40 years this unit has been traveling down the highways. I do not believe it will have a gray water tank and that means you will be required to carry a BlueBoy in most states and campgrounds.
This trailer is at the southeastern most corner of MN. How do I find an inspector in that area?
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Old 05-10-2012, 09:04 PM   #5
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I am a 15 year auto mechanic so if I know what to look for I should be Ok.

I know to look for the following things.

-Floor rot
-Axle angles
-Appliances working
-Leaks
-Tires
-Tanks
-Frame and floor seperation from frame

What am I forgeting?
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Old 05-11-2012, 07:10 AM   #6
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The axels are shot because the tops of the rims are even with the fender wells. You can verify this when you see it.

Rear end separation is the end stage of floor rot. Stage one is a wet floor, stage 2 is rot, stage 3 is frame and floor is gone and separation occurs. You want to catch it in stage 1 which was 30+ yrs ago. A sign of leak problems at the rear is holes in the frame where it meets the trailer. Bottoms and side skins that are full of holes is another sign there are corrosion and water related problems. If you see holes in the frame that is exposed then what is under the skins is likely much worse.

Leaks in an Airstream are tricky and elusive. Water leaks and runs between the skins and ends up under the floor covering.

Here is what my trailer floor looked like when there were no outward signs of problems. Knowing what I know now I would have found this by pulling up the carpet under the beds in the back. I was lucky to find one with a center bath because it is much easier to fix than a rear bath.



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Old 05-11-2012, 08:04 AM   #7
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I am a 15 year auto mechanic so if I know what to look for I should be Ok.

I know to look for the following things.

-Floor rot
-Axle angles
-Appliances working
-Leaks
-Tires
-Tanks
-Frame and floor seperation from frame

What am I forgeting?
Hi, Sam, and welcome to Airforums! You're right;as an experienced auto mechanic, you should find it easy to get around in the innards of a TT (travel trailer).

The floor rot is an easy thing to find if there is no hard floor final finish. Bring an ice-pick, and it won't be hard to find, especially around the floor's perimeter, where it is most commonly found.

Also, if you want to know what you are forgetting, print out and take with you a copy of the marvellous checklist that Janet has assembled and put in this post. If you do that you will have an exact idead of the overall condition of any trailer.

Good luck!
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Old 05-11-2012, 03:41 PM   #8
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Seller called me today and told me someone bought it today. I will keep looking.
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Awww. It wasn't meant to be. You will find the right one. Keep us all posted!!
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Old 05-11-2012, 06:52 PM   #10
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Take your time. You will find one.

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