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Old 07-31-2021, 08:42 PM   #1
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Smile 31 ft sovereign newbie- please help!

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...8354567539781/

Love to know thoughts on this, offered for $15k ( that was accepted) but is this a money pit? What questions should I be asking? Thank you everyone so much.
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Old 10-04-2021, 08:12 PM   #2
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Unfortunately, it is hard to tell the overall condition of the trailer from a few pics. I would check for soft spots in the floor, see if there are any obvious leaks around vents, windows etc. I found water damage under my refrigerator because when it was replaced by the previous owner, the condensation tube wasn't routed to drain out of the trailer. Check in the rear bumper storage area for frame integrity as that area seems to catch a lot of water. How much you want to put in it depends on what you want to do with it. If traveling a lot is your intent, expect to buy new tires and axles. Our 31' Excella 1000(1989) was able to be camped in from day one and we made improvements while we used it. Six years later we have about $21k total in our trailer and have traveled nationwide without a major breakdown. We did have the spring in our main awning break, but we were able to roll it up and secure it till we got home. Shell/frame/floor repairs get pricey quickly, especially if hiring out. These days, supply issues may be problematic for appliances especially. Expect to pay 2x-3x more than first expected. There are always "surprises"!! Good luck!!
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Old 10-04-2021, 09:28 PM   #3
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Welcome to the Forums!

If you were hoping to buy this trailer, please do not mourn over it. Someone else is will have buyer's remorse in the coming days.

It is a bit hard to really analyze from those few pics, and the FB ad is already down... But, I would say, that yes, it doesn't appear to have had any renovation done to it, and it is a 50 year old trailer; therefore, a project waiting to be tackled (money pit), and I can't see spending that kind of cash for it.

That being said, I guess I haven't recalibrated my vintage trailer cost scales for pandemic pricing, but rest assured, you will put tens of thousands of dollars into that trailer to make it nice. A few years ago, $15k would buy you a trailer that was ready to go camping. Something that needed to be extensively refurbished would be worth a few thousand.

What questions to ask? Simply, what has been done to fix it up? The more "original" a vintage trailer is, the bigger a project it is going to be to make it useable, especially trailers that have spent most of their lives in wet areas like the southeast or northwest.

good luck!
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