Originally Posted by big_john
1. Is it easy to get a replacement rear mattress?
2. How difficult is it to refinish the floors?
3. Wifey is real good with upholstery and making pillows etc,
Again - just let me know what the major "oh s*&t" problems might be
1. yes it's easy to get a mattress, but not inexpensive. a/s sells them, many rv mattress vendors can custom cut to fit.
problem is it's just a chunk of foam and not so comfy. u'll have to try it. there are many upgrade options.
2. the ENTIRE interior sits on the flooring. so to do a GOOD job, stuff needs to come out.
one can cut around the interior bits and just recover the walking space but this usually doesn't look so good.
3. this means she/you can personalize the interior. LOTS of threads on doing interior accents.
oh sh!t? well ANY major issue not discovered or disclosed may fit that expression...
but imo YOUR LIST of things to check is for OLD trailers.
yes many of those things are potentially problems with a 99 but u could be overwhelmed checking NON issues and miss important things.
so 5 things for THIS unit...
-make sure ALL the appliances and lights work, EVERYTHING
, so TURN IT ALL ON....
including the furnace and a-c and fridge should be TURNED ON. stove, lights, jack, pump, audio/video, EVERYTHING.
PLUG the trailer into shore power AND use the 7 pin connector and check that EVERYTHING is operable.
-make sure the plumbing is sound
fill the water tank, run the pump and check the interior pipes while water DRAINS into the tanks, toilet too...
then go outside LOOKING for leaks.
-check the shell, windows , roof top, and door for structural issues and signs of water entry
. TAKE A LADDER for this.
-FIND the factory sticker for WEIGHT specs and CONFIRM the CARRY CAPACITY
then decide YOU will be able to live with a trailer that can only carry 400 or 500 or whatever POUNDS the sticker notes as spec.
. LOOK CLOSELY at the TIRES
find the 'born on day' and if the tires are over 5 years old, REPLACE THEM.
cracks, odd wear, thin thread, UNDER INFLATED or ANY signs of weakness REPLACE THEM.
obviously the brakes will need to be checked and bearings repacked but these are inexpensive items and not deal breakers.
so don't confuse maintenance issues with structural problems, but do look for signs the unit has been 'cared' for.
a unit well cared for is a good thing and unit neglected and unused is a mystery and 'oh sh!t' in waiting...