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Old 01-11-2011, 12:22 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by masseyfarm View Post
So much practical counseling and information here maybe it should be a sticky.
Agreed! Unfortunately...


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Old 01-11-2011, 12:56 PM   #16
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The noise from the brakes may be just a loose brake shoe or a loose magnet.

The electric brakes on your trailer are NOT self-adjusting like auto drum brakes, so every time you have the bearings packed they need to adjust the brakes for proper contact to the drum.

I just bought and ordered Maxxis tires for our 34' from Discount Tire Direct on the web, they are shipped free to your house or the closest Discount Tire store for mounting and balancing.

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Old 01-11-2011, 04:07 PM   #17
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There is this saying in the sailing world. "A boat is a hole in the water that you throw MONEY into"
The same could be said for travel trailers. If you buy a unit that is more than 10 years old and in some cases less. Even if it looks like it has been well taken care of. The PO may not have been aware of the hidden problems in the unit; then again, it may be why it's being sold.
If you are one that has to fix everything that is wrong with the unit and want it done with reasonably good quality work, do the necessary upgrades to make it the way you want. Then expect to pay for it! Even if you do the work yourself.
Lets say you buy a 20 to 30 year old unit. Pay $2000 for it. It's an Airstream or Argosy after all. You could be looking at an additional $4000 to $10,000 depending on your level of expectation and that is doing the work yourself.. There are those who have spent $40,000 + to make the unit the way they want.
Rotten floors are common in these units; depending on the circumstances it can be very expensive and time consuming to repair.
Plan on repairing and replacing things you have never thought of and didn't plan on.
Now this is not bashing Airstream or Argosy. You can and will run into similar problems with SOB's as well. The floors may not be rotten, but you can bet that if there is any sign of water damage there will be rotten wood between the interior and exterior walls. Plus most had real wood or veneer interiors that suffered sever damage. Go to the "Canned Ham" websites and look at how extensive a vintage trailer can be to restore.
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Old 01-11-2011, 04:27 PM   #18
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B.O.A.T. also means Break Open Another Thousand.....
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Old 01-11-2011, 09:44 PM   #19
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LOL. Yes, we had a boat, too. When we lived in Sarasota, FL. Bilge pumps, batteries, storms, all that....oh, yeah. Husband was active in the Coast Guard Auxilliary.

And, we have a building out by our carport that houses two motorcycles. Mini money pits.

Boats and bikes - always needing or wanting something for them!

Didn't expect trailer to be any different. But, right now, the trailer is our favorite toy.

Spent the afternoon cleaning the first layer of dirt off cabinets and counters. After 4:30, got too cold to stay in it even with our oil heater going. We have not tried the furnace yet. Scary!

It's going to be 11 degrees here tonight. Good thing she's winterized. We need an indoor place to work on it - but it's going to be expensive enough without building it a dang house!

Found lots of places that need to be caulked/fixed, but we aren't people who have to fix every little thing. After all, right now one could camp in it if in a much warmer area! I've camped in tents plenty. Just a roof and floor under us would have been good then.

It better be a hobby not only to camp and travel, but to work on it and fix stuff, too, right? From reading here, I figured as much. But we needed a new hobby. Retirees with too much TV time is bad, bad, bad.

Thanks, everyone.

Bo, thanks for reminding us of the Trailer Store. It's very busy and does all kinds of trailers. I had forgotten all about it, since we somehow travel east most of the time!

Thanks again!

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