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Jjg73

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Good evening!
I'm looking at purchasing a travel trailer. Looking at a 2013 keystone passport ultra 3180. It looks like a very nice rig, inside and out. I haven't looked at all the components functioning just yet but I will do that soon. It's from a dealer, and they are asking 16.5. is this a good beginners trailer and what defects hshould I keep an eye out for? I have myself, a wife and a son and we plan to camp at least two weekends a month and love having space to entertain. Would like to know what a reasonable offer at a dealer would be on it and if it is a good enough rig to purchase!

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Price would be OK for a garage kept trailer, but they are rare. Since it has a few years on it, and likely stored outdoors, there will be some degradation of exterior surfaces. You need to inspect the roof, caulking and all soft parts for aging. Water intrusion is common and will destroy a trailer quickly, so check everywhere for stains and soft spots. If you find anything that is suspect, do not buy. Appliances and most everything that can be easily removed can be repaired, but rot in the roof, floor and walls should be thought of as terminal cancer.
The one thing that I don't like about that particular trailer is that it is big with small water tanks.





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Good advice above. Avoid anything that looks like a leak - especially if they claim it has been repaired.


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Posted: 03/16/20 07:01pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Keep looking, looking and looking as you keep your eye out and plan! Entertain inside the TT or outside? Too much for a seven year old TT.


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All that Lynnmor posted and also I would check tire mfg. date. May need replacing if 3-4 years old.

I bought 2 used ones in the last few years and I did good, except for the tires on one of them. 3 years old and first trip out, 2 blew on me.

I would probably offer 13,500 and see how it goes...

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Have you checked NADA to see what the trailer is valued at?

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KD4UPL wrote:

Have you checked NADA to see what the trailer is valued at?


Yes they say between 15-18

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Lynnmor wrote:

Price would be OK for a garage kept trailer, but they are rare. Since it has a few years on it, and likely stored outdoors, there will be some degradation of exterior surfaces. You need to inspect the roof, caulking and all soft parts for aging. Water intrusion is common and will destroy a trailer quickly, so check everywhere for stains and soft spots. If you find anything that is suspect, do not buy. Appliances and most everything that can be easily removed can be repaired, but rot in the roof, floor and walls should be thought of as terminal cancer.
The one thing that I don't like about that particular trailer is that it is big with small water tanks.


X1, Small tanks especially the gray tank(shower and dish water) can be negatively effecting your trips. Black should be at least 40 gallons, you can always bring extra 1 gallon plastic containers of fresh water. I always carry two 1 gallon containers of water in the shower to use to flush the toilet when you are on the road.

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look for water marks really good they have spray paint that will cover them up. see water marks run. even if they say its been fixed. the damage is rotten wood you can,t see.

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Check www.rvtrader.com. You can list model, year, location and find what others are listed for.
I saved $2000 when buying my 2019 Wolf Pup 16BHS that way. Nearest one was 40-45 miles away, bought one 160 miles away in neighboring state. Big title hassle but that's another story ;(


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