A few years ago I bought what I thought was a good 13 foot Bigfoot
. there was not a battery
in the pod, up front, I was told that the heater worked, an Atwood, ( and it works great. ) the seller was a women whose husband had died . I was not trying to get pushy with what she knew. The water tank was okay the sink lines full of goo did not work. (she said she never used it ) should have asked for a reduction in cost for repair insurance, I didn't. I had to replaced. all hoses and the pump. The frig. had been replaced, it turned out to be okay. I should have asked for her to pay for a new battery
as part of the sale, so I could check things out. I didn't know what I was doing ! no bad smells, doors and windows
worked well. Now the main problem, the tires
needed to be replaced. I took the trailer to Discount tires
were trailer tires. I took the trailer for a trip to Alaska, from Utah I had been on several 300 mile +- trips to check things out ( perhaps a test drive around the sales area would be good thought ) I did not. I serviced the wheel bearings put new brake drums and shoes Everything seemed great. While in Canada I was looking at the wheels and feeling the wheels for temp. I looked a the tires to see how they were running. The wear on the Driver side was a little above the cord, what a shock The tires were new so I didn't pay much attention to the tread, while traveling. there was a tire sales and truck repair shop in the tiny town of Liard River B.C. where we had camped. the owner said, it's obvious the axle
is bent. " Look down from the trailer, on the wheel from above the wheel well, " one could see that the wheel was canted out a couple of inches from square. the axle
had a big ding on the driver side. The shop said they could have a new axle
sent in, in about a week. A $1000.00 plus the air flight and labor.I changed the bad tire to the other side, drove to Watson Lake across the border into Yukon territories. Had the axle bent back to straight, Watson had no tire to fit the size rims on the trailer. Drove to Whitehorse no tires, Could order them from Anchorage Alaska. No tires in between. Driving carefully bought new tires in Anchorage. My long story over look at wear on tires. I did not, check axle for impact. The impact was as big as a hard ball and deep. Check that all lights
work. Mine needed corrosion cleaned up. The trailer is wonderful now.
P.S. as we all know you should have a great time owning a trailer a 98 is new.