I haven't had any problems that would relate to your method of use.
I'm only a sample of one, but keep in mind that most people won't post anything about how great their rigs are. Instead, they will post about the problems they have/had and look for a solution to a problem.
If you don't intend to move the trailer around much or at all, I would say that pretty much any "modern" trailer will do the job with minimal upkeep.
I just happened to find one, but I don't know anything about the quality as compared to others. It is a 2011 model with a really good price. I love the floorplan (husband not so much).
Does anyone know if this model has the arched ceiling? Is it a tall enough unit if it doesn't. How does the sofa pull out into a bed? Are the lights on a switch, or do I have to reach up to turn them on? These are the things I can't find online.
I'm going to see it on Sunday, wish me luck!
Yep, I have one. Original owner.
I don't know what you mean by arched ceiling, but it's definitely a high ceiling in the Lounge and Kitchen area with a full height ceiling in the bedroom (I'm 6' tall and have no issues standing up in the bedroom).
The sofa is a "traditional" pullout sofabed with an Aerobed air mattress (at least that's how it came from the factory). I like the Aerobed because it has the 120v fill/drain control so it's easy to use and put away.
The overhead lights in all the rooms are run by a switch mounted to the walls. The reading lights in the entertainment center, above the rear recliners and sofa, above the bed, and the light above the kitchen table are all individually switched.
It was a good value for the money, but if at all possible you might want to step it up a bit for the 2013 (?) or newer models. They have the 6-point auto leveling and the color-matched mouldings around the slideouts (as opposed to the black rubber mouldings mine has).
Your signature doesn't say what kind of tow vehicle you have, but I hope it's capable. This model runs heavy (especially in the pin). It is definitely 350/3500 territory.
I use this:
and the on-board water pump to transfer water from the bladder into the freshwater tank via the city fill port.
To accomplish this, I hook up the bladder to the winterizing port, move the lever to "Winterize", and then hook up the fresh water hose to the outside shower by unscrewing the shower head and using one of these adapters.
After running the fresh water hose from the outside shower to the city water fill inlet, I open the cold water valve on the outside shower and turn on the water pump.
It is definitely something that you want to check each and every year in my opinion.
My rig had 11363 miles, not including the approximate 2200 miles in towing from the factory to the dealer, when the left rear leaf spring broke about 1 inch inwards from the rear eyelet. (Yes, I keep *extremely* detailed mileage and maintenance reports)
Thankfully it failed about 10 miles after the start of a trip so we could limp back to the storage yard and get the issue resolved. I'm also thankful that I had RIBs on the trailer, as I am quite confident the stock specification Marathon ST tires would have failed after rubbing on each other for a 1/4 mile or so at freeway speeds.
When replacing the leaf spring, I noticed the shackles in a similar condition to the OP. All of them. Mine were also twisted a fair amount, some so badly that a reciprocating saw was needed to cut the bolts off the hangers. Another 502 paranoid miles since, the wet bolt kit seems to have solved those issues.
I am the original owner of my rig. I've *never* curbed or dragged a wheel, run low tire pressure, put the trailer in a severe twist, run it less than 15% of GVWR, or otherwise done anything to make me think I did this kind of damage.
If you're towing a heavy 5th wheel around (say something over a 13k GVWR rating perhaps?), you *need* to look at your shackles and leaf springs on a regular basis.
I now look over the suspension every time I put on the tire covers after a trip (we're weekend warriors). The new leaf springs are of a higher rating and have less of an unsupported span between the outermost leaf and the eyelet. Those thick shackle plates and zerk fitted bolts also give me further peace of mind for sure, but as the saying goes, "Trust, but verify."