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Taffy.C

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Posted: 04/01/21 09:56am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi There,

Trailer has been in continuous outdoor storage 250 miles away for 6 years. I drove up yesterday to do some repairs prior to transporting to my current location. I found that there is water damage - the roof seal has opened up pretty badly in the rear corner, and to a lesser extent across the back. There is visible bulging in the roof in those sections. Down the side (outside) there is a dry lichen-like growth - looks like where the water flowed down the inside. The fiberglass is also bulging slightly away from the frame there.

Inside there is visible damage directly underneath the location of the broken roof seal that extends across to the center line. Quite likely there is mold in there.

This is an 18 y/o trailer that I paid $15K for back then. Other than this, everything seems to be in good shape. But I think this is going to be a very costly repair job, and I can't be sure there aren't other areas of damage as well.

Just looking for opinions - is it time for a new trailer? Is this worth spending more money on? Its not something I can do myself.

Link to photos: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/qgdukjismwpem9m/AADTygxczmnDN4635Tqbfy6sa?dl=0

Appreciate thoughts.

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Here, these matches and lighter fluid might come in handy.

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Posted: 04/01/21 10:18am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

An 18yr old trailer with a new price of $15k might be worth $2k if it's in good condition.

Can you do the repairs for less than $2k? If not, time to move on.


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Exactly. If the repair costs are too great I'd skip the repair and sell.


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kiss it good by. thats only the damage you can see.

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It may be worth fixing if you are doing the work yourself, don't mind a large project, and have a place to work on it. If you have to pay someone else to do it, it will cost thousands, so likely better to move on. Water damage is usually like an iceberg. You can only see a very small portion of the actual damage.


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Thanks everyone. Thats what I suspected - just wanted to get some second opinions...

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The next question would be - how do you dispose of a travel trailer? I'm headed to google now...

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Taffy.C wrote:

The next question would be - how do you dispose of a travel trailer? I'm headed to google now...


Sell it cheap or give it to someone who wants to restore it maybe. Craigslist or facebook market place. If you price it cheap enough id imagine it could be gone quickly. Campers are in demand right now. Theres probably a good amount of people looking for something to fix up and design their way.

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Do you live near any woods, back country ? Someone would love to have a new meth lab in the woods !

All kidding aside, like stated, priced right ( almost free ) and that will roll of your hands ....


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