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Old 04-23-2013, 05:16 PM   #15
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The "check the frame" comment is really worrying me.....
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Old 04-23-2013, 05:18 PM   #16
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Do not feel capable of doing that myself. Have no one to check it for me prior to meeting seller for purchase/exchange.
Now what!!?
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Old 04-23-2013, 05:25 PM   #17
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Do not feel capable of doing that myself. Have no one to check it for me prior to meeting seller for purchase/exchange.
Now what!!?
When I buy used cars, I take them to a local shop and for about $100 they tell me what it needs. Can a local RV or trailer shop do that for you?
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:00 PM   #18
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Thanks, I will ask around & see if there is a place that will check the frame for me.
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:03 PM   #19
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Thanks, I will ask around & see if there is a place that will check the frame for me.
What I meant was that they could check out the whole trailer, including the frame.
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:32 PM   #20
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You will do fine Gailanne - and congrats on your new purchase! I found a Trillium recently and had the same "fear" - looked at all the parts (some of them I didn't have a clue what they should look like - but they weren't cracked or broken so thought it couldn't be all bad) and came home with a gem!

I live on "flat land" in the northern plains - so my travel was relatively easy; however, it would be my guess that if it makes it over the mountains to you - you're probably okay. If someone disagrees (or thinks I'm nuts) - feel free to correct me...and having it checked - great idea!

I just started decorating mine - and am having a ball - relax and enjoy!!!

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Old 04-23-2013, 08:30 PM   #21
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Oh gailanne, I didn't mean to worry you, truly! It's just something that should be check ON ANY BRAND of trailer. I just remember Frederick talking about it being a weak link particularly in the Fiberstreams. Just like the A frame portion is a weak link in the older Trilliums.

I'm a single female, and can be said... in my Golden Years. I'm betting you'll be like me and won't let fear stop you from going... and enjoying... and making a ton of memories along the way.

You CAN do this....
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Old 04-23-2013, 09:30 PM   #22
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Gailanne,

I'm with Donna....You CAN do this!

I too had remorse, when I was in the midst of making the purchase. I drove 5 hours one way to my Seller. After realizing that the trailer was in need of work, more than I was really ready for after being tired and hungry...I decided to take a deep breath and ask myself what did I really want?

I've been looking for a Burro since 2007, seriously! After finding this site from a friend and pouring through the threads, I found out about the uHaul. Within a week, I found my trailer. While I was looking at the trailer, I felt that maybe the asking price was just too high. We negotiated on a fair price and with the PO really making the case and not in a pushy way, I collected my thoughts and made the decision to continue with the sale.

I've gone on three trips since my purchase just a month ago! Last night it was so hot here, in the high 80's I went into the trailer, turned on the AC and kicked back in there with my dog and cat.

I've met so many folks who want a tour or to buy it. It's been fun!

Think of it as another living space you'll be redoing....only this one shows you familiar places you've never seen like this before!
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Old 04-23-2013, 09:54 PM   #23
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Been there done that. It's always a good idea to get someone that's more experienced check things out. So, I would contact a local dealership or someone thats knows what to check for thats a mechanic or knows about rvs. You'll be fine. Calm down and breath....... If it wasn't road worthy he wouldn't want to tow it to you. He would want you to pick it up. Still tires, bearings, frame, ect. needs to be checked. I'm sure if you check around you can find someone that will be happy to check it out before you buy. It's a neat looking trailer and I bet all will be fine. Congrats! Let us know how it goes.
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Old 04-23-2013, 10:45 PM   #24
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The "check the frame" comment is really worrying me.....
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I had misused my Fiber Stream by not appreciating the engineering that went into it. The brochures touted how light it was for its size. Well that lightness comes from using very light materials, especially in the frame. Where most trailer manufacturers use 2" x 4" "C" channel to build the frame, Fiber Stream used 1" x 2" box channel. This under-sizing probably cut the weight of the steel used in half.

The 1st thing I did wrong was use my stabilizing Jacks to level the trailer. I didn't know better at the time, and the folks here put me straight on the concept, but my damage had already been done. I tweaked the frame and it developed over time a downward curve in the rear.

Another thing I question myself about is the use of a Weight Distributing Hitch. One came installed on the Fiber Stream when I bought it and the brand new Honda Odyssey I bought in 2003 (and still drive today) owner's manual required using a WDH for trailers that weigh as much as my Fiber Stream does.

I think now if I had leveled the trailer properly from the beginning and towed with a substantial enough tow vehicle to not use WDH, my frame might not have become bent requiring reinforcement with a 2nd channel sistered to the 1st doubling up the frame. Another factor may have been towing it at 75 miles per hour over the very pot-holed I-44 in Missouri...
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Old 04-24-2013, 03:38 AM   #25
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okay,...
I am feeling better & taking deep breaths-- I've regained my enthusiasm & excitement to get this baby home & start working on it....
AFTER I take it straight to my RV guy & have him go thru everything!

The seller really does seem like a straight up fellow & he seems very honest about what is less than perfect about the trailer. It IS a 1978, after all, & it's older than he is! (sadly, it is NOT older than I am!)
I have sent him another list of questions & he sent me more photos.

It does need a new battery: any suggestions for the best one/ place to get it? I do a lot of "dry" camping at dog trials; ie. no hookups, just whatever water & so forth that I bring with me.

I will definitely have the frame checked out -- I am totally impressed by the photos & descriptions of some folks' welding & rebuilding & attaching new steel stuff to their trailers!! Wish I could do all that...!! Afraid my talents lie more with curtains & cushions & decor. :/

Still very happy to have found this community of warm FGRV people with so much collective wisdom! Many thanks to all of you!
I am thrilled to continue to receive any and all advice & comments.)
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Old 04-24-2013, 09:11 AM   #26
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Buyers Remorse???

Gotta tell you Gailanne,
IF you have to pay to have the work done it's a lot cheaper to buy a trailer in good condition than to buy one that needs almost any repairs . Many "fixers" are labor intensive and RV shops are used to fixing RV's that cost upwards of $100k and don't mind charging $75-125 an hour for labor.

Some examples: Parts and Labor
Remove and reseal 1 window $125 (Ya don't just pile more silicone onto it)
Remove, repair and replace furnace: $300 +
Replace refrigerator (very few are repairable) $1200+
Locate and repair leak in water system: $250+
New water heater: $550
and the list goes on and on.

Be careful.........


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Oops, cut me off !!

Referrals for redding,ca or Ashland, or to have those aforementioned items checked. Especially the frame -- that worries me!!

I arranged to have the seller tow it to redding, ca from Ashland, OR to pick it up & make the transaction. Put a contingency on it: if I didn't like it or whatever after seeing it, I could pay him $100 for his gas & time.

Now I am experiencing buyers remorse & wondering why I thought I could do this all alone with no mechanical ability....
I asked lots of good questions & as far as I can tell, everything works, but I am probably too trusting. (

Anyone near there that could look at it & give me their take on it?
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Old 04-25-2013, 11:06 AM   #27
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At this point, it is still all systems go -- I am heading to redding on the 30th to get the "vintage" trailer & begin my FGRV adventure.

From what I understand, registering a trailer from OR to CA is quite a complicated process involving lots of paperwork; anybody care to shed some light on that & suggest ways to streamline it?

Still just hoping I am not getting in way over my head on this one....
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Old 04-25-2013, 11:54 AM   #28
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It's all do-able just depends on how much you want to put into it

Hi Gailanne, we drove from Portland to Redding to buy/check out our trailer about a month ago. Your trip in reverse! I can identify with your trepidation. I was worried even though this is our 2nd trailer refurb and I have a mechanically minded husband. But this is all do-able, it just depends on how much time, energy and money you want to put into it.

I think if the trailer goes over the hills that is a pretty good shake down test. Do look at the tires- if you see lots of cracks think about a stop at Les Schwab for new ones, feel the hubs, if HOT, go back to Les Schwab or another tire place, repack the bearings. Look at the tongue check that is it crack free and fastens securely over your hitch ball. Make sure your safety tow chains are in good shape and hooked to your tow vehicle. Oh ya, don't forget trailer mirrors on your tow vehicle, makes changing lanes much less scary. And make sure your trailer lights work right, we were 3 hours down the road before someone told me mine were reversed.Then get in your vehicle and try it out on a non-highway road for 10-15 minutes, make sure you breathe. Then head for home, breathing and easing your death grip on the steering wheel. Try to time your trip so you are not driving in rush hour traffic or at dusk as both add more stress to this first time drive. Keep breathing and drive 55. Let all the speedy non-towing vehicles to pass you. If you stop on the way home look for easy parking, pull throughs etc, you don't need the added pressure of backing right now. Remember this is not rocket science, if you are careful and pay attention it's not likely to be life and death. It is going to be fun and exciting.

So if you are interested here is more about our buying trip and the road home. If not best of luck to you with your new rolling home away from home.

Since it was a 7-8 hour drive for us we made reservations to spend the at an RV Park in Redding. We brought a tent in case we didn't buy the trailer, sleeping bags, the dog, DH's tools and our cash.

We met the seller, and looked over the trailer. It's level of disrepair was what we expected so we gave her the money, hooked up and drove off. I was hyperventilating most of the way to the RV park. When I drove down, I was on pins and needles she was still waiting for the title in the mail. We totally lucked out as it arrived that day and she signed it over to us.

By the way if you need a place to stay in Redding the RV park was lovely, Premier RV. Premier RV Resorts

We looked for a spare tire of the trailer before we bedded down for the night but couldn't find one. I didn't sleep much in our new little nest, I was worried about driving the Siskiyous the next day. My whole reason for buying the trailer was to be able to haul it up hills with my Subaru Forrester. I was going to find out and soon.

Took off fairly early as we didn't have much to pack up. Hit Starbucks then hit the freeway and the first mountain. It towed like a dream, smooth as buddar. It took me about 2 hours to relax behind the wheel. The drive home was un-eventful (YAY).

Since then we have been remodeling, and have found more things that need fixing but were not apparent when we bought it. Even a small crack in the frame that will eventually need repair. Finding more stuff wrong is typical of any used thing I have ever bought, and at 40 years old it's allowed to have some issues. We are heading out this weekend to camp in it.

Again wishing you the best on the adventure. Remember we are doing this for fun!
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