Originally Posted by Bullylvr
This is amazing! We are once again considering......and likely to bite the big bullet this time. Thanks so much for this thorough and detailed checklist!
Make allowances for the husband's and wife's likes and dislikes. It will make it a happy home on wheels.
Nancy and I think much alike. We like the upper cabinet doors better in the Globe Trotter, than the sliding ones with lights on the Serenity. Our International has sliding doors and we figured out how to secure them when traveling.
We liked the floor better in the Serenity. The color scheme of the 'fake wood' or whatever it is suppose to look like. The faucet. Shower was the same as our 2014, which has the heavy glass door that can sag and catch on the lower door frame. Will reinforce that part of the hinge and add a bracket to the top so the door does not bounce up and down.
Windows. I could do with fewer windows. Nancy loves the windows.
We both like the position of the queen sized bed. The twin would have been fine as well. The twins had more storage options, too.
Two Air Conditioners. Well, Off the Grid we have no power, but you need them for resale here in the Mohave Desert.
Make sure you break the seals of the windows sticking to the rubber. The dealer will show you by using a flexible plastic card. If the window breaks then, they own it. It took myself and the salesman to get the front window open. If the rubber comes apart, again the dealer owns it. Once you own it and try to figure out how to do this... breaking the tempered glass, damage the rubber, bend the inside levers... lots of bad things can happen when it appears... simple.
Have them check tire air pressure. All should at least be almost if not the same and not exceed maximum pressure listed on the sidewall of the tire and the Airstream pressure on the side ID sticker.
Open a door and see if there is excess play. A hinge may be needing some tightening. If you don't check... it could be on the floor with a big cut on the linoleum. Pull drawers should be firmly snapped into those cheap plastic mechanisms that are suppose to hold them from coming out and off their slides.
All of this flashes through an experienced Airstreamer's mind just by glancing. It seems like a lot, it is a lot, but much like watching traffic when towing... it gets easier after you do it.
Every time you pack up and leave on a camping trip... inspect your trailer like you are buying it. Pull the top of a tire and see if it is loose. You will know. Any bubbles in the sidewall, tread appear flat and even wear.
This is helping me for today's Airstream Checklist Grand Slam.
The last paragraph you sign on the Warranty. Read every word... slowly. Both of you. If you sign on the line... you are saying the trailer is as perfect as one can expect. Afterwards you need to make an appointment. Take your time. We are not embarrassed to find anything that is important. Or... not. Sometimes it is something that may not affect the operation of the trailer, but appearance. It can be a last minute negotiating issue.
There will a New Trailer for sale today, tomorrow, next month, next year. If both of you are happy... this one will be a... KEEPER.