Originally Posted by Kathleen M
Thank you Kathy for the detailed response. That definitely gives me a lot to think about.
I was looking at used Scamps like this one: 2002 Scamp 13' Custom Deluxe Trailer
I'm guessing this one might need a little work. It has the layout I like though.
fusedlight- I sent you a message. Thanks.
Looks nice..just a few things that should be considered.
I can't emphasize enough the importance of having someone knowledgeable inspect before you make a purchase.
That trailer could be a good value but many things to investigate before you drive several hours to see it. I would ask for more pics. Lots of pics! There is a lot of fraud so check all your facts...if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
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regs vary from state to state. Make sure you understand the laws in the state where you reside and in the state where you would purchase the trailer.
- Which is the first thing I thought when I saw the wood cabinets. other things can cause additional weight too. One reason (for some of us) that FG trailers are so desirable is their light
The weight... The only way to know the true weight is to have it weighed. There are others here who could tell you other places to do this. We have a rock company near by with a scale. On the tongue of our trailer it says the weight is 930 lbs. That was put on at the factory 40 years ago. Many things have been changed since then.... by putting the beautiful wood cabinets in the prospective camper, the weight has changed. Originally the furniture was mostly fiberglass which weighs much less than wood.
The tow rating on your vehicle includes every single thing that you put in it (Including people and pets!) plus the actual weight of the trailer plus every single thing you put in it as well. pounds add up FAST!
Dont underestimate the expense of what you must do to make it safe and usable for you. SAFETY FIRST!
The trailer axle
...there are others better equipped to address this.....I do know that axles have weight ratings. If the modifications added to a trailer + what you carry exceeds the axle
rating, the trailer is not safe to pull. I think that axles with higher weight ratings can be installed but I am not certain.
Make sure that there is a place in the cabin to stow the potty. Not much floor space inside, you may not want to lift it to use it (the bucket type wouldn't be as bad to lift).
The condition of the battery
The exterior can represent the care that the whole camper has received.
Tire condition, sometimes when they sit for a period of time it takes its toll...is there a usable spare.
I think there is a buyers check list in the document center that will be more comprehensive.
We have removed the little dinette that a PO put in the front of our trailer, and installed a sofa sort of thing. I also have back problems, will likely camp alone and want a place to recline inside without getting in bed. Will use the bench to sit with TV tray to eat inside.
we have decided to leave our bed set up, but can access the under storage by moving the matress. Remember there is valuable storage space under those benches. Some people install outside hatches for easier access to those areas.
Lay on the bed, sit in every seat, make sure that furniture is solidly attached and doesn't move more than it should.
DON'T FORGET TO CHECK THE DOOR! Lol