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Getting back into T-trailer camping
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Just purchased, 19' 1998 self-contained Aerolite, has AC, 5 cu ft fridge & microwave (no oven).  Everything works great, need battery.  Paid $1,800.  Seller had modified bed to make more storage underneath.  He moved tanks out of the inside to the tongue.  I liked that.  Seller threw in a tongue lock & load leveling hitch.  Need to have receiver hitch, brake control & 7-pin female plug installed, quoted $590.  Taxes, title & tags = $218/paid.  Removed his bed configuration, will not reinstall couch/bed.  Bed frame $73/paid.  Have twin mattress & bedding.  Should sleep 5-6 but I will use overhead bed for added cabinet storage.  Will be $2309 into it before getting on road.


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That's a screaming deal--good for you!
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RVWanderer (08-13-2017)
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Talking to the seller I came to the conclusion that he just wanted to get the trailer sold. He told us he had listed at 10 PM the night before. At 11 PM he got his first call, he said he wouldn't show it until tomorrow. Next morning I called as soon as I saw the ad & had read it. He called back said he would be there until sold. I told him we would be right down, this was 8 AM. We grabbed the cash, arrived within 15 minutes. Made the deal not more than 10 minutes later. He told us he had 10 people coming to look at it.

We shook hands, he got the title & while signing the paperwork including Bill-Of-Sale he received 3 more calls. We had cash, paid him in 20's, my SIL came over & towed it. After that I finally got a closer look at the inside & realized I had made a DEAL! Few minor repairs & fixes, wash the seat covers, clean the windows, change the shower curtain,,,etc. We even were left with some of his camping needs. Checked NADAguides listed as much detail & equipment as I could, low retail was $4,500 high was $5,600. I never get a deal, I get 'buyer's remorse' most times, not this time.
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That is awesome!
Looks cozy too!

Whats your tow vehicle? Or are you just parking it somewhere?
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(08-13-2017, 11:02 AM)OutdoorFT Wrote: That is awesome!
Looks cozy too!

Whats your tow vehicle? Or are you just parking it somewhere?

Tow vehicle for now is a 1997 Chev G30 cargo van that was converted for camping.  It has high miles but I spent time & money having it cleared & upgraded by a well-reviewed mechanic.  Put new tires on it, runs fantastic but didn't like the low head room.  Decided since I'm not homeless, am retired with adequate income I would upgrade a little.  The van has a 350 all new belts, hoses, battery, wires & plugs.  It's just ugly & needs a paint job but will do.  Hopefully in the spring I can recoup some of my expenses by selling it.  I'll be looking for a newer 1/2 ton with canopy, tow package, 2WD is ok.  Just me & the wife, not pet people either, but love camping.
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(08-13-2017, 11:17 AM)RVWanderer Wrote: Tow vehicle for now is a 1997 Chev G30 cargo van that was converted for camping.  It has high miles but I spent time & money having it cleared & upgraded by a well-reviewed mechanic.  Put new tires on it, runs fantastic but didn't like the low head room.  Decided since I'm not homeless, am retired with adequate income I would upgrade a little.  The van has a 350 all new belts, hoses, battery, wires & plugs.  It's just ugly & needs a paint job but will do.  Hopefully in the spring I can recoup some of my expenses by selling it.  I'll be looking for a newer 1/2 ton with canopy, tow package, 2WD is ok.  Just me & the wife, not pet people either, but love camping.
Awesome! 1/2 should haul that no problem. Thats my only issue with finding a rig...enough room for the fur babies. Congrats on the trailer
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Sweet deal on a nice little rig ! Big Grin
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"Steal" not a deal.
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A couple of small items are left to be done on the trailer. I've got my bed frame inside & with mattress sans any remainder of the bench seat. It's a twin frame, I need to put up a wall with shelf from the bed over to the bottom of the front window, figure I'll have storage access on each side of the trailer via the small doors located near the front side. I'm completely doing away with the bench. My entertaining will be done outside anyway. The new mattress is a pillow top so it all works. The dining table seat was cut down for whatever reason to level with the seat. I was going to replace it but decided that I'll only be using the space under the seat for storage. I'll have my morning coffee & meals in inclement weather indoors sitting on the other side, the water tank is under that seat. It still can be made into another bed.

Above the couch area was another overhead bed, the label states it only holds 100 lbs. Not enough for an adult, I can use that area for additional storage because the are 3 access doors. Stemming my imagination will save me a lot of unnecessary work & remodeling. Everything else works or did when I bought it. I'm not sure if I trust the heater so much, I do have a 'Mr Buddy' that can be used for emergency heat. Wintering in AZ, summering in the NW shouldn't be a real requirement for massive heating. The bulk of my cooking will be done outside on either my propane stove, fire pit/grate or in one of my two 'Dutch' ovens. The AC blows cold, the burner all light on the stove. The lights are off the battery or my propane generator. The 3-way fridge is my only concern. I was told it worked great but could have been a selling point.

I got the title switched over, new tags, need to fill the propane bottles & purchase a battery. Should be road worthy, tires have deep tread, look good, hope there is now dry rot. I will need a little run through of the water system, shower, holding tanks & dumping gray or black waste water. My van needs a plug, brake control & receiver hitch installed, have an appointment for all three in 2 weeks. I plan to get a new battery for the van, it runs great but should have the front windshield replaced, cracked not in my vision but won't pass inspection in most states. There is a roof-rack that I'm removing, at first wanted it but haven't used it & now with the trailer the need for more than the 10' of storage space in the cargo van it seems unnecessary. I'm taking the bed I made in the van, giving me more cargo area, I should be set with less weight & bulk.

Plans now are to spend the winter in AZ, Nov-Mar then back to the NW Apr-Oct. Traveling around staying either on my property or in one of the many many campgrounds throughout the west. 2 weeks here, 2 weeks there. My needs are minimal, meals are spartan, access free wifi for email, use my data plan on my cell for bill paying. Cash or ATM debit card for money management, along with one credit card for emergencies. Spend a little time every so often at the laundromat to get my bedding & clothes washed. Target date is the 25th of October to start my first journey to AZ.
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Did you check the dates on the tires?
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