Still Seriously Looking for Oxygen Travel Trailer - Page 2 - Fiberglass RV

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Old 09-10-2017, 04:56 PM   #15
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Oxygen Trailer

Hi Carolyn,
We know a friend that has an Oxygen that he upgraded. We have known him for about 1 year and we started looking at that time. The Oxygen in good condition has a very stout fiberglass honeycomb shell. I received pictures of one for sale back east and there were some major cracks on the interior, etc and I decided not to get that one. The Oxygen we purchased was in very good condition and all original from factory - some people have upgraded theirs on the inside. The Oxygen is a 2 person trailer for sleeping unless you drop the table for another bed.

I feel that the Oxygen is very well built and is very nice to pull down the road. I would recommend it but it might be too small for some people. We are going to enjoy ours next year with a couple of upgrades to the interior.

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Old 09-10-2017, 05:13 PM   #16
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Oxygen Trailer for Sale

There is also an Oxygen trailer for sale in Southwest Washington state. The interior of this one has been upgraded and fairly nice. If you are interested, let me know and send me your contact info.

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Old 09-10-2017, 05:23 PM   #17
Name: Paul
Trailer: Bonair
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Hello Carolyn. Welcome to the forum.

I've owned an Oxygen trailer for the past four years. If I were looking at an Oxygen, this is what I'd look for.

The first thing you should ask the owner to do is plug in the trailer to AC and start the fridge. The fridge is a 3-way fridge - AC, DC, and propane. It'll take a couple of hours to cool the fridge but you'll start to notice that the fridge is getting colder after about 1 hour by touching the rear cooling fins inside the fridge.

Some Oxygen trailers suffered from a delamination problem but I think these were all repaired by the manufacturer. I suspect that mine had this problem because the trailer was painted and clear coated over the original gelcoat to hide the repair. The problem was that the clear coat started to peel off. I had to sand off all clear coat, paint, and primer. After sanding down to the original gelcoat, I had the trailer repainted. Check the outside surface all over the trailer. Is it painted or is it the original gelcoat?

The original electrical panel was not very good quality and could overcharge batteries. This results in shorter battery life. There was no circuitry to stop the power supply from charging the battery when it was fully charged. I had to replace my power panel. Check to see if the original electrical panel has been replaced. This is not a show-stopper and it's not too expensive to replace.

The water pump may still be the original. It may need to be replaced. Check with the owner to see if the water pump is the original. Ask if the owner can put some water in the tank and run the pump to operate the sink and the toilet. This way you can check if all the plumbing is functioning properly. If time permits ask the owner to switch on the hot water tank. After about 45 minutes, check if there is hot water.

Ask how old the battery is. If it's an AGM battery, all the better.

Check the manufacture date on the propane tanks. It will be stamped somewhere on the propane tank. Propane tanks have to be rechecked every 10 years from the date of manufacture. The Oxygen handles 2 20-lb tanks.

Check for water stains in the the storage compartments. If there are any leaks, the water will make it's way to the lower storage areas. I had to come up with a solution for the windows to stop rain from getting inside while I was towing. Realize that a unique feature of this trailer is that the front two windows are angled forward and prone to letting rain in the trailer while towing.

Check all the window latches. There is a plastic clip that holds the hinge in place. These can come loose and open while towing resulting in a window flying off the trailer. I wrapped wire around the plastic hinge to stop it from coming loose.

Check the window screens. Are they all included? Are there any tears? There should be a window screen on every window except the rear, countertop side window.

The original floor is cushion floor. This is one of the first things I replaced. There was an adhesive smell in my trailer when I bought it. The reason is the owner installed a second cushion floor over the first cushion floor and didn't use the correct adhesive. Consequently, the adhesive never cured and off-gassed a chemical smell.

Does the bathroom have a shower curtain or a door? A door will add value to the trailer.

Check the rear jacks to see if they have been damaged. On my trailer the owner accidentally started driving while the rear jacks were down resulting in some fibreglass damage and bent jacks. It wasn't too serious but checking this is worth while.

Make sure the radio operates properly.

Check if the ceiling fan operates properly.

Make sure the stove operates properly if propane is available.

Check if there is a spare tire. Ask if it's the original.

Check if the tongue jack works properly.

Check all internal lights.

Check if there is a breakaway switch on the tongue of the trailer.

Is the frame very rusty? Has it been repainted?

Ask the owner to hook up the trailer to the tow vehicle and check all external lights - brakes, turn signals, marker lights.

Check for cracks in the fibreglass inside and out. It's fairly common to see some cracking where the countertop meets the outside wall. As long as everything is solid, this cracking is not something to be too concerned about.

Ask if the cushions are all original. I think the original cushions are a little too thin to sleep on. We replaced our original cushions with thicker foam. If the original 3" foam on the rear bed has been replaced, all the better. Replacing cushions can be expensive.

That's all I can think of. Hope it's helpful.
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Old 09-10-2017, 05:48 PM   #18
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Hello Carolyn, I bought an Oxygen last March. My wife and I like it very much. What are your needs? In my case I am from Canada but wish to travel to all parts of Canada and the US. I like boondocking and occasionally going into campgrounds. The oxygen came with a toilet but capable of integrating a shower. We had a shower installed. The original hot water heater is only electric. That is not good if you are not linked to an electrical outlet. So I installed a tankless hot water heater that works fine whether boondocking or not. Since we are only two, space is good without having to install the extra bed over the dining table. Storage compartments are accessible only from the inside. It's an advantage since it keeps the structure minimal as well as the weight but you have to dig under the bed or under the benches when looking for something. There was a max air outlet on the roof which is very useful. An rv specialist installed a lightweight air conditioner on the roof and assured be that it was perfectly adapted and safe. It's bubble shape makes it super stable on the road even without an anti swing bar. It's empty weight is around 1800 lbs. With its shape it barely increases the gas consumption. The fact that it is entirely made of fiberglass makes its roof maintenance free. Still check the antenna and the toilet vent for possible water infiltration. Even if there was, it would not be much of an issue since it is all made of fiberglass. So there are no rotten floors or walls. Still check for cracks but remember that fiberglass is always repairable. I think that the Oxygen is extra durable with a minimum of care. I think it is part of the reason why it was discontinued. But again depending on your needs it may or may not be the right choice for you. A little extra is that it is well appreciated in its differences. Even at its age 15 years I still get many thumbs up from passers by. Leo
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Old 06-17-2018, 10:08 AM   #19
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Trailer: Bonair Oxygen 2002
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Still looking?

Hi Carolyn.
Are you still looking for info on Oxygen trailers? Your post was last year, but it got no response.
Cheers! Pete.

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