FWIW, ours is a '98 HH CE. We have yet to see "end of life". We do keep up with maintenance, currently removing all of the caulk from the bay window area "5 windows" to re-caulk. We recently replaced the Kenmore stack W/D, timer started doing strange stuff, replaced TV with LCD, going to replace the vinyl insert in all strips, roof is Eternabonded , replaced Dometic fridge with Whirlpool couple of years ago, etc.
After the re-caulking, we are going to apply NewGlass2 to bring the gelcoat back, so again, no plans to discard a perfectly good trailer.
Here in Kentucky people are always looking for old campers to set up at the lake and hunters also look for them I had a friend buy a old tag along for 3 grand a few years back and it was in bad shape nothing worked on it not even the heat so there is a market for old campers you just have to put it out there and I will also jump on the Craigs list bandwagon with every one else dont just put it in your area put it in many states and areas on there Good luck and I hope God Bleses you !!!
If all else fails, I would strip it down, sell what is salable, recycle what is recyclable, take the rest to the dump, and transform it into a very nice flatbed trailer.
Then I would remove all identifying marks, and title it as a 2012 Homebuilt trailer, with a new VIN assigned by the state, properly stamped into the frame.
A flatbed like that should bring $2500 or more, easily, or would be quite useful as a keeper.
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Bring it to North Dakota and sell it to these guys up here working for the oil and no place to live. Could get 3X what it is worth and they WILL PAY IT! Crazy as it sounds, very true for semi-permanent with no available housing left around here ans ome of them are living in much older and more decrepit RV's.
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I have often wondered what happens to old fivers. I'd love to buy an old unit and turn it into a nice fifth wheel flatbed. It would be perfect for hauling my tractor, and other long items that I need in my business.
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To answer the main question being asked, "What is wrong with it?", here's the answer.
The biggest issue is that water got into the living room windows and caused wood rot. So it would take some real "teardown" to get to the wood and replace it. Given that everything these days is "vacuum bonded", I am guessing that would significantly screw up the exterior fiberglass layer. And of course, even though the roof doesn't leak, a new rubber roof is needed on a camper from 1995.
If that #1 issue could get fixed, then actually you're just down to a couple appliances. The frig only works half the time, and the water heater is pretty much done (won't light anymore). But the A/C works great, stove is fine, water pump....you get the idea.
The frame and mechanics are very sound. The wood in the camper, not so much.
REALLY good suggestions from the community as always. My that picture of a nice Class A going up in flames is a sad sight. Hope no one was hurt.