Originally Posted by Collin
That question makes sense Mr. bill. What she has a problem with is going into a trailer and not wanting our kids to sit or touch on anything because it looks so gross. Looking through the current condition is difficult for her. Seeing an empty slate that gets to be finished out is not so difficult. Which leads me to my next question: I have seen several for sale that are "reconditioned", what does that usually include? Most listings say that it is still retro or vintage, but does it mean that the grossness and smell has been taken care of with no real repairs?
You would have to look at each individual trailer to determine exactly what has been done. Like I said earlier make sure they can prove that the frame and floor have been repaired properly or at least inspected to ensure they are in good condition. Pictures of the repairs/inspection are proof positive.
If the trailer is a 1973 or older it did not come with grey waste water holding tank because in those days dumping grey water on the ground was acceptable. Not so today so look for one that has been retrofitted or be prepared to do the work yourself.
Most of the odor you can smell in older trailers is trapped in the "soft furnishings" like the drapes, upholstery and also in the insulation. Ask if they removed the inner walls to reinsualte. Again pics are proof.
Retro or vintage may mean that they kept most of the original cabinets, furniture and appliances. Fridges and ranges if properly restored can often provide years of trouble free service although parts will be difficult to obtain. Water heaters and furnaces should be updated to modern versions with more user friendly features.
Ask what has been done to the elecrtical systems. Most early vintage trailers had rudamentary electrical systems at best. Have those systems been updated and new wiring installed with more circuits to lessen the load per circuit. As an example on my 73 the 110VAC system was one circuit running everything and a second cicruit for the A/C and the 12VDC IIRC was only 4 circuits. Older trailers 12VDC were often even fewer circuits and the methods of wiring are very crude.
Has the fresh water plumbing system been updated to modern pex pipe?
I could go on but this should give you some information to think about while looking at various ads.