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Old 05-01-2015, 09:08 AM   #15
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A final add-on re: where to look for Casitas, Scamps, etc. on sale. Don't overlook EBay! They have a buyer protection offer, as well.

Back in 2013 we found our '07 Casita on EBay. Had to travel from central PA almost to Chattanooga, TN for the final inspection & purchase....and it was well worth it!


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Old 05-01-2015, 09:23 AM   #16
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Ok..I'll throw my hat in the ring with this one.

OLD? NEW? Well, dont forget, the "New" eventually turns to "Old" and you will need maintenance regardless.

No one has mentioned this, but the worst I've found to deal with is the axle/wheels/bearings/tires. Why????

Without any ONE of those ingredients my friend, you WILL be left sitting on the side of the road! And that is not a good feeling. To me, this will be more critical buying "used" since you will have NO idea as to exactly how the suspension has been taken care of....unless someone you buy from has an immaculate maintenance record with the RV. And I've found that's rare.

If I was going to think about towing a used trailer and no knowledge of its history, I would pull the wheels and check the bearings. I would also take a CLOSE look at the tires. Even though the tires could be in excellent condition, their age can be deceptive. I bought my trailer new in 2010. I checked the other day, my DICO tires look BRAND new...but looking at the date on the side, they're now 7 yo!!! They were made in '08...another topic altogether.

Also...the can look and tell if the tires/wheels have been rubbing up in the wheel well. If so, that's a good sign that if it's a "torsion" axle (Dexter, Lippert, AlKo) that the rubber inside which supplies the "spring/shock" action could be worn out. Replacing an axle can get very expensive....not to mention new tires/wheels.

Not trying to scare you away, but these are REAL LIFE RV issues that many never think about until they're on the road and broken down!! Then it's too late and can lead to a traumatic experience.

Just be vigilant and prepared and it will be one of the most enjoyable ventures you and your wife will ever experience together!

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Old 05-01-2015, 09:52 AM   #17
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[QUOTE=Paul O.;519278]Raj, maybe this already came up, but I think it would be good to point out that this forum looks to be mostly populated by people who are handy and take on a lot of projects.

This group is sorta like the local Hospital, If you work there you might think that everyone in town is sick, when the patient count in an entire year might represent only1% of the service area.

It's been my observation that a small percentage, maybe less than 5%, do most of the asking and and even smaller number do the answering. The vast majority of FGRV owners are basically happy with their rigs and come here only when they have a problem, very, very few stop by to say "Everything's Great.

There is a huge member and visitor base that have been here for years and have yet to even make a single post simply because they haven't had that need.

What is seen here IS NOT typical of the overall FGRV community any more than a hospital is typical of an entire community. This is where the sick ones come for help, the rest may never have a need for a question.

That said, yes there are a lot of RV "Doc's" here, but the patient count is low and the survival rates are high.

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Old 05-01-2015, 10:08 AM   #18
Name: Linda
Trailer: Boler 17 ft
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my purchasing mistake

Hi Raj,

All the advice given to you is bang on. I sold my 1978 15' Trillium that was in fantastic shape. It was owned by a mechanic who worked at Mercedes Benz and stripped it right down to and including the frame. He then put it back together and it was in fantastic condition.

I am still kicking my butt for selling it.

I bought and stupidly paid full asking price for a 1980 BOLER 17'. The sellers did a fantastic job of the inside complete with hiding water stains with mold retardant paint.

Well...within the first summer the bed frame collapsed. The water tank spotted tiny leaks and the musty odour started to creep in.Then a leak in the grey water tank.

Outside I need to replace the caulking around the windows and belly band and there is a hole in the awning.

None of this has actually taken away any of my fondness for this RV. The bed frame is being repaired, the mould has been cleaned up and newly painted. I have removed most of the caulking. I threw away the mouldy cushions and kept and cleaned their zippers.

I had a friend show me how to pack the bearings.

In a couple of weeks my friend and I are putting it up on a ramp and fixing the leaks.

I am getting a larger tool box for Mother's day! I bought myself a sewing machine to make new covers. The foam was expensive.

The folks at the equipment rental place in town now know me.

Had I not been so swayed by how great my Boler looked on the inside I would have noticed some of these issues and insisted at least on a safety inspection at an RV site.

Yes, I would still have purchased this unit
but for sure offered a cheaper price.

Because I am a single young senior woman who loves her FGRV and won't give it up I take it every spring to an RV center for a complete safety check, including the gas lines.Please do that.

My tow vehicle is a 2007 Grand Caravan with a class 3 hitch and I have a good electrical brake system.

Go for it Raj and have a great time.😀

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Old 05-01-2015, 11:20 AM   #19
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very good points Linda. Raj, dont be afraid of the RV world. Most of us/them are willing to help if you have questions. Biggest concern as with Linda is routine maintenance. Like your car/van or truck, if you dont take care of it, it will break down. FGRVs are the same. Size of the rig you want will depend on what you are towing it with, what you want in it (full kitchen, bathroom with shower, queen size bed etc). The rest will come, just keep asking questions. When the time to buy comes along, take a checklist and someone that knows something about FGRVs.
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Old 05-02-2015, 03:20 PM   #20
Name: Raj
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Thank you Guys & Gals, for taking the time to chime in.

I appreciate your comments, yes, I am a newbie, but take solace in the fact that every one starts at my stage & goes about learning from there.

The hospital & surrounding population was an interesting metaphor

Best regards
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Old 05-02-2015, 04:18 PM   #21
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Am I handy? Not really. I know my way around engine wrenches far more than trailer axle grease. But, I'm willing to read and learn and try. My Scamp isn't a Model T. In other words, the value to me is probably more than what the resell market would bear. So, I can afford to TRY and fix problems... I don't work on propane or weld. Just about anything else, shoot I'll try. And surprisingly, I'm successful! I've pulled windows (etc.) and made them leak free .

Best of luck to you. You CAN do this. I promise.
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Old 05-02-2015, 05:33 PM   #22
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Donna, you made the windows leak for free? Just kidding!

I am not a handy person. But I don't let that stop me from owning a trailer. Occasionally there's a little something that needs fixing. If it's not simple enough for me, I'll take it in to a repair place. No big deal. But my trailers have always been new or fairly new, so there hasn't been much to do or get done. I think the advice about getting a trailer under 5 years old is good.
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Old 05-02-2015, 06:24 PM   #23
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Maintaining a fiberlass trailer isn't rocket science. You'll learn skills you can use at home (plus the 12 volt side of life.) Particularly when you have hundreds of helpers on these forums should you have a question. Go for it!

Charlie Y

PS: None of the key items in a trailer would cost over $1K to replace the whole broken thing.
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Old 05-02-2015, 06:44 PM   #24
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Measure twice (or a dozen times!) and cut once. Kinda, standard help. What, you need to pull a leaking vent (window) and the product to fix it costs $10.. you can screw up a bunch of times (and learn along the way) for a whole bunch less than paying an "RV" place to fix it. That's my story, and I'm sticking with it...

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