Hello everyone, Rv newbie here,
Having research Rv's, truck camper and off road trailer to the bitter end and having come to the conclusion that I have to haul my wife, kid and husky with me, I figure we would go no where with a rooftop tent or truck bed set up... so I decided on buying a fiberglass Rv to avoid most RV problems..... well let me tell you about my buying experience.
So I had only gone to look at a 1975 thrillium rebuilt before and stumbled on this bigfoot
add and was lucky enough that the previous buyer didn't buy it site unseen so I thought.
I went to look at it, everything was going good and everythig worked then we hear his wife yelling smoke is coming out the top. Ran around figure its coming from the fridge
vent scramble a screw driver and open it the 120 volt plug is smoking and melting... but the rv is not plugged in to shore power only battery
and truck power... unplug it smoke settle and thankfully no fire. The cable was partly melted all the way to the fridge
... the owner now scrambling to figure out the cause check the rear running light
he rewire last night, no link to that. Meanwhile I just continue with my buying check list I printed from this site. Then we try the fridge
and 12 volt and it appears to still work on those. I get the price down a bit and buy it anyway.
I leave the place before finalizing my insurance as they were taking forever wanting photos due to the age of the unit. Testing the brake with my controller on the way out. 2 kms in I pulled over to make sure nothing else caught on fire.... well the 7 pin plug in the truck is smoking... I pull it and one pin melted(later found to be the ground plug). On top of that someone pulls over and tell me something fell off the roof which looked like a roll of tape... so I m like did I lose a roof cover or something important???? Ha I text the owner to let him know what happenned not knowing if he'll ever reply... I drive back to look for whatever fell off no luck. I pull over ear the owner's place having decided to wait for full insurance coverage before driving further.
Owner's text's back and come right to my location to help me trouble shoot things. We follow the battery
wire and turns out the wire is wedged under the propane
tank stand between that and the frame and frayed. It does look like it was there for an extended period of time. Ex-Owner offers to fix that wire and give me some money back... i accept the money back, but by then I'm decided to have a professional fix it and assess the electrical
system. Thankfully I had emergency red strobe light
with magnet I put on the rear bumper to two it without lights
. Towed it back home and simmered thinking about it all looking at every corner of thd internet to see if power to the frame will make its way back to the fridge 120 volt ground wire. Nothing found on the subject, but only plausible solution. Also answer why the plus would melt to my truck with too much power going back to the truck (these are only theories as I have yet to fix it). Ex-Owner also agrees this would make sense.
Now am I crazy to have bought this in the first place while it almost caught on fire during the buy???? Hahahah
And does the problem which occured makes sense???
Anyway thanks for the add!!!!