I've always been intrigued by the extra-durable nature of the U-haul
trailers, so I bought one this summer with the thought that I would make it my regular trailer and sell my Boler
. However, I spent some quality camping time with a close family member in the Boler
this summer, and for sentimental reasons I am going to keep it (unless I eventually go to a larger trailer). So the U-haul
has to go.
This trailer is clean and campable right now, and I have a clear VA title
. The tires
are good (they still have the nubbins on the sides), and there is also a spare on a U-haul
rim. These are the less common rims that do have the nubbins for hubcaps on them (eg. baby moons).
I apologize in advance for the photos being a bit dark - I live in the woods!
The inside of the trailer is bright and shiny, thanks to the double hull. It's still in pretty much stock, original, U-haul condition. Original ice box; original stove and vent hood (marked "U-haul); original sink and faucet; original upholstery in good condition. The curtains are later additions.
The front couch does have its original backrest and folding bunk hardware.
The original dinete table, which drops down to make the double bed:
tank is the new style, and in excellent condition. Safety chains are new.
There are original U-haul locker liners in some of the lockers (U-haul did not use them in all of the lockers).
On the outside, she could use some sprucing up. The gelcoat is a bit oxidized, and there is an area on the driver's side that does not quite match in color. On the other hand, the original logos are all there. Not perfect, but kind of neat in their Americana U-haul-ness
Also, the windows
need re-sealing. Before I bought the trailer it was stored under cover, but after I got it I noticed a small amount of water coming in when it rained (I didn't have it covered). No huge amounts, just a teaspoon or so.
Being ever the one to eliminate variables, I put 3M All-weather tape on the top edges of the windows
(in the photos it looks like duct tape but is actually a 3M tape that is meant to be used outside for long periods of time). This solved the leak(s) and although I had the trailer outside all summer it has stayed dry.
However tape isn't a permanent solution, of course. The windows
could be taken out and re-sealed. The front and rear windows have clamp rings.
The side windows have rubber seals, or if a buyer would prefer to replace them, Scamp
has side windows available at a really good price that I believe would fit the existing holes. As a bonus, one could then get jalousie windows
if one wanted to (the windows from Scamp
are around $140 apiece; I have a soft spot for jalousie windows
because they can be left open in the rain, but the originals are sliders, and Scamp
also has sliders available). I don't necessarily think they need replacing; I'm just mentioning options.
Also, the top outer plastic cover of the Pla-Cool evaporative (swamp) cooler on the roof is broken. I was not sure if this would cause a leak, so I taped plastic on the roof over the cooler. The coolers may still be available to buy new (I'm not sure), or, the opening can be fit with a standard 14" vent (which was put in many of the U-hauls when they were new - I suppose it depended on what part of the country they were outfitted in). Since the swamp coolers are really only good in dry climates, I would put in a vent in this part of the country; but I didn't want to decide for someone else.
The door latch works, but I do not have the key. It's a Bargman L-300, which is still available to buy new. Or, one can buy just the lock cylinder, for about $15. Here are part number and prices from one supplier:
I towed the trailer home over the road, and all the lights
do work - even all the clearance lights
. It towed very smoothly, even behind my 4-cylinder car. There are stabilizer jacks built in to the back bumper mounts (stock).
Let's see, am I forgetting anything? Oh yes, while the trailer does have the original furnace
and converter, I have not used them.
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I'm pricing this trailer affordably, as I'm hoping that someone who is on a budget can buy it, enjoy it, and fix the things that need fixing as they get to them. I know that when I was looking for my Boler
that's what I was hoping to find. I didn't want a real "project," that would keep me from camping for ages; but I also couldn't afford a $4,000+ trailer, either. I don't want anyone to come into this thinking I have perfect trailer on offer, as it does need some attention; but I don't see it as a full-on project-type trailer, either. I want the buyer to be happy and feel like he or she got a great deal
A couple of things I like about the U-haul are that it has a really strong frame design (it provides support right out to the sides of the trailer), and a "killer" back bumper; and that the double-hulled design makes for an interior that is bright and shiny and easily cleanable
Right now the trailer is about an hour east of Richmond, Virginia. I'm open to delivering the trailer for a committed buyer. Especially somewhere along the I-95 corridor between Richmond and Maine, and/or between here and Indiana (where I have friends). We'd just have to make mutually agreeable arrangements.
Any questions? Just ask, either here or via PM (private message). You can send me a PM by clicking on my name and then finding "send message" on the drop down menu. Or if that's confusing, just respond here and we can take it from there.
I'll add more photos in another post, as I've reached the limit for this one.