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    hey guys, I am looking into getting a travel trailer, and was wondering if there were any brands to avoid? my budget will only allow up into the late 80s/early 90s.

    I want a quality unit, and would pay a little more to get quality. are trailers out of the 70s any better build quality than newer ones?

    also, a quick dumb rv question: how often does the roof need re-sealed, and is an Airstream or spartan aluminum skinned trailer exempt from this maintenance ritual?

    thanks guys!
    Running Fleet: good enough to be tagged. need little things.
    99 Chev C3500 6.5TD NV4500 14 bolt 2wd 4.10 130K White Ext, Gray Int. RC 159.5"WB DRW Chassis Cab w/ utility bed, getting flatbed. needs PS pump
    95 GMC C2500HD 6.5TD NV4500 14 bolt 2wd 4.10 148K White Ext, Grey Int. RC 131.5"WB SRW Fact. box-off PU has bare frame & B&W, growling trans, strong but blowby rich.
    95 Chev C3500HD 6.5TD NV4500 D80 2wd 5.13 206K White Ext. Tan Int. RC 135.5" WB DRW Chassis Cab w/ utility bed w/ manlift needs HB and TLC.
    93 Chev K2500HD 6.5TD NV4500 14 bolt 4wd 4.10 255K White/Red Ext, Red Int. ECLB 155.5" WB SRW Pickup needs IP.
    91 GMC C1500 6.2NA SM465 10 bolt 2wd 3.42 70K Red Ext, Red Int. RCLB 131.5"WB SRW Pickup needs injectors.
    91 Chev C1500 4.3L 5LM60 10 bolt 2wd 3.42 ??K White Ext, Red Int. RCLB 131.5"WB SRW Pickup needs clutch and rear end rebuild.

    Project Fleet: major mechanical issues to prevent operation.
    96 GMC C2500HD 6.5TD NV4500 14 bolt 2wd 3.73 240K White Ext, Blue Int. ECLB 155.5"WB SRW Pickup needs engine
    96 Chev K2500HD 6.5TD NV4500 14 bolt 4wd 3.73 287K Grn/Tan Ex, Tan Int, ECLB 155.5"WB SRW pickup, fixing for accurate 2wd v 4wd mpg compare with above. needs trans.
    95 Chev C3500HD 6.5TD NV4500 D80 2wd 5.13 132K White Ext, Grey Int. RC 159.5"WB DRW Chassis Cab with flatbed bad heads, needs engine
    94 GMC C2500HD 6.5TD 4L80E 14 bolt 2wd 3.73 300K White Ext, Blue Int. Suburban needs engine
    94 Chevy C2500HD 6.5TD NV4500 14 bolt 2wd 4.10 290K Gold Ext. Tan Int. ECLB 155.5"WB SRW pickup. needs engine.
    94 Chevy C1500 6.5TD 4L80E 10 bolt 2wd 3.08 28xK Maroon Ext. Red int. Mint condition (save for surface rot on ext. cab) needs engine.

    Junk fleet: never to see the road again.
    91 GMC K2500LD 6.2NA 700R4 4wd, in many pieces; 95 GM bare Extended cab; 99 GM 3500 DRW front frame chunk; 4 NV4500s; 3 extra engines, many other parts.

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    Parent's: 98 GMC C3500 5.7L NV4500 208K RC 11ft bed chassis cab needs HG's ; 92 GMC C3500HD 6.5L NV4500 160K RC 11ft bed chassis cab needs bellhousing ; 93 GMC C3500HD 6.5L 4L80E 260K RC 11ft bed chassis cab needs bed. ; 95 Chev C2500HD 6.5L 4l80E 121K RCLB needs cooler lines ; 98 Chev K2500HD 6.5L 4L80E 280K ECSB needs TLC ; 96 Chevy C3500 6.5L 4L80E 78K RCLB DRW, 8ft flatbed. 92 Chevy C3500 5.7L NV4500 169K RCLB DRW 8ft flatbed.

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    Stay away from Coachman....Mine was good overall but I could never really stop the roof from leaking at the seams. Airstream are really good if they have been taken good care of. I like them.
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    JAYCO tends to be bottom of the barrel quality wise from what I found. Also I would avoid lite units as they cut corners to keep the weight down. I know I looked at a few lite units and the rubber roofs in them were simply laying on support bows, so if anything hit it it would go right through it. Also watch out for rubber roofs that have been recoated. Rubber roofs require certain types of sealers and many RV owners don't know and will go down to lowes or HD and buy elastomeric roof coating and put on it which ruins the roof. I would only use LIQUID RUBBER roof coating if it was me. And I'm not sure what your budget is, but I would look for a mid 80's to early 90's HOLIDAY RAMBLER. My next one will be one. Also I would HIGHLY reccomend finding one with ducted air and a seperate bedroom. My current trailer is not that way and I really wished it was.
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    Best stuff for roof sealant on an RV:

    http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...p-sealant/5737

    It's what the OE's use.

    Keep the joints sealed up and the roof will stay dry as long as the membrane is intact.

    Once it deteriorates, replacement is the only lasting sure cure.

    General stuf to look for:

    Soft spots on the roof (rot)

    Water staining on the walls, especially around corners and windows.

    Underneath for rotted flooring

    Other than that, it's make sure everything works as per (Fridge, stove, water heater, pumps, heater, etc)

    Check out the power converter and make sure it works on shore power and 12V.

    Lastly, make sure you stay within the limits of your tow rig.

    Equalizer/anti sway style hitches are a must on any heavy rig as far as I'm concerned.

    Your mileage may vary....

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    well, the 99 is DRW, with overloads, and has an anti sway bar, so I am sure I will be fine there.

    my grandparents had a holiday rambler, grandma sold it after grandpa passed on. from what I remeber, grandpa never had to do too much to it, and it seemed like a solid unit, so HR is definitely on my list.

    as far as budget, we are talking about 2500 bucks, so the 22 rifle will be packed along to shoot rats. I know I wont get anything super awesome for that, but the hope is to get a trailer with a perfect frame, structure, and exterior, and maybe plan on plumbing, electrical, etc. It all about finding a worthy shell to dump money in, like trying to find a cherry diesel suburban with a pooched engine.

    I am planning on a bumper pull, as you can hook it behind anything (suburban! ) but if a fifth wheel came up nice and cheap, I wouldnt mind a fifth wheel either.

    the main reason for it right now is seasonal work, aka harvest. I can score some awesome pay working for some guys during harvest. apparently, if you can do a job without ever screwing anything up, you are sought after! I get about 3-4 guys a season (wheat harvest, corn harvest, etc) asking if I am available, so I was wanting to buy a camper so that I can park it on the guys farm, and bunk in it while I am there for a week or so. dry and out of the wind are concern number one, and everything from a/c to heat to fridge to kitchen is just a bonus.

    thanks for all the links guys, any more advice is welcome, old man is a workaholic, so recreation is something new to me, so no info is too newbie related to me, as I am an RV newbie without a doubt.
    Running Fleet: good enough to be tagged. need little things.
    99 Chev C3500 6.5TD NV4500 14 bolt 2wd 4.10 130K White Ext, Gray Int. RC 159.5"WB DRW Chassis Cab w/ utility bed, getting flatbed. needs PS pump
    95 GMC C2500HD 6.5TD NV4500 14 bolt 2wd 4.10 148K White Ext, Grey Int. RC 131.5"WB SRW Fact. box-off PU has bare frame & B&W, growling trans, strong but blowby rich.
    95 Chev C3500HD 6.5TD NV4500 D80 2wd 5.13 206K White Ext. Tan Int. RC 135.5" WB DRW Chassis Cab w/ utility bed w/ manlift needs HB and TLC.
    93 Chev K2500HD 6.5TD NV4500 14 bolt 4wd 4.10 255K White/Red Ext, Red Int. ECLB 155.5" WB SRW Pickup needs IP.
    91 GMC C1500 6.2NA SM465 10 bolt 2wd 3.42 70K Red Ext, Red Int. RCLB 131.5"WB SRW Pickup needs injectors.
    91 Chev C1500 4.3L 5LM60 10 bolt 2wd 3.42 ??K White Ext, Red Int. RCLB 131.5"WB SRW Pickup needs clutch and rear end rebuild.

    Project Fleet: major mechanical issues to prevent operation.
    96 GMC C2500HD 6.5TD NV4500 14 bolt 2wd 3.73 240K White Ext, Blue Int. ECLB 155.5"WB SRW Pickup needs engine
    96 Chev K2500HD 6.5TD NV4500 14 bolt 4wd 3.73 287K Grn/Tan Ex, Tan Int, ECLB 155.5"WB SRW pickup, fixing for accurate 2wd v 4wd mpg compare with above. needs trans.
    95 Chev C3500HD 6.5TD NV4500 D80 2wd 5.13 132K White Ext, Grey Int. RC 159.5"WB DRW Chassis Cab with flatbed bad heads, needs engine
    94 GMC C2500HD 6.5TD 4L80E 14 bolt 2wd 3.73 300K White Ext, Blue Int. Suburban needs engine
    94 Chevy C2500HD 6.5TD NV4500 14 bolt 2wd 4.10 290K Gold Ext. Tan Int. ECLB 155.5"WB SRW pickup. needs engine.
    94 Chevy C1500 6.5TD 4L80E 10 bolt 2wd 3.08 28xK Maroon Ext. Red int. Mint condition (save for surface rot on ext. cab) needs engine.

    Junk fleet: never to see the road again.
    91 GMC K2500LD 6.2NA 700R4 4wd, in many pieces; 95 GM bare Extended cab; 99 GM 3500 DRW front frame chunk; 4 NV4500s; 3 extra engines, many other parts.

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    Parent's: 98 GMC C3500 5.7L NV4500 208K RC 11ft bed chassis cab needs HG's ; 92 GMC C3500HD 6.5L NV4500 160K RC 11ft bed chassis cab needs bellhousing ; 93 GMC C3500HD 6.5L 4L80E 260K RC 11ft bed chassis cab needs bed. ; 95 Chev C2500HD 6.5L 4l80E 121K RCLB needs cooler lines ; 98 Chev K2500HD 6.5L 4L80E 280K ECSB needs TLC ; 96 Chevy C3500 6.5L 4L80E 78K RCLB DRW, 8ft flatbed. 92 Chevy C3500 5.7L NV4500 169K RCLB DRW 8ft flatbed.

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    well, thanks to the 15 minute edit time, I will eternally sound like a hot shot.

    it should say" apparently, if you can do a job without ever screwing anything up bigtime , you are sought after" I have burnt up a few friction discs in the slip clutch on the cart, but havent hit the truck or a combine yet running cart.
    Running Fleet: good enough to be tagged. need little things.
    99 Chev C3500 6.5TD NV4500 14 bolt 2wd 4.10 130K White Ext, Gray Int. RC 159.5"WB DRW Chassis Cab w/ utility bed, getting flatbed. needs PS pump
    95 GMC C2500HD 6.5TD NV4500 14 bolt 2wd 4.10 148K White Ext, Grey Int. RC 131.5"WB SRW Fact. box-off PU has bare frame & B&W, growling trans, strong but blowby rich.
    95 Chev C3500HD 6.5TD NV4500 D80 2wd 5.13 206K White Ext. Tan Int. RC 135.5" WB DRW Chassis Cab w/ utility bed w/ manlift needs HB and TLC.
    93 Chev K2500HD 6.5TD NV4500 14 bolt 4wd 4.10 255K White/Red Ext, Red Int. ECLB 155.5" WB SRW Pickup needs IP.
    91 GMC C1500 6.2NA SM465 10 bolt 2wd 3.42 70K Red Ext, Red Int. RCLB 131.5"WB SRW Pickup needs injectors.
    91 Chev C1500 4.3L 5LM60 10 bolt 2wd 3.42 ??K White Ext, Red Int. RCLB 131.5"WB SRW Pickup needs clutch and rear end rebuild.

    Project Fleet: major mechanical issues to prevent operation.
    96 GMC C2500HD 6.5TD NV4500 14 bolt 2wd 3.73 240K White Ext, Blue Int. ECLB 155.5"WB SRW Pickup needs engine
    96 Chev K2500HD 6.5TD NV4500 14 bolt 4wd 3.73 287K Grn/Tan Ex, Tan Int, ECLB 155.5"WB SRW pickup, fixing for accurate 2wd v 4wd mpg compare with above. needs trans.
    95 Chev C3500HD 6.5TD NV4500 D80 2wd 5.13 132K White Ext, Grey Int. RC 159.5"WB DRW Chassis Cab with flatbed bad heads, needs engine
    94 GMC C2500HD 6.5TD 4L80E 14 bolt 2wd 3.73 300K White Ext, Blue Int. Suburban needs engine
    94 Chevy C2500HD 6.5TD NV4500 14 bolt 2wd 4.10 290K Gold Ext. Tan Int. ECLB 155.5"WB SRW pickup. needs engine.
    94 Chevy C1500 6.5TD 4L80E 10 bolt 2wd 3.08 28xK Maroon Ext. Red int. Mint condition (save for surface rot on ext. cab) needs engine.

    Junk fleet: never to see the road again.
    91 GMC K2500LD 6.2NA 700R4 4wd, in many pieces; 95 GM bare Extended cab; 99 GM 3500 DRW front frame chunk; 4 NV4500s; 3 extra engines, many other parts.

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    Parent's: 98 GMC C3500 5.7L NV4500 208K RC 11ft bed chassis cab needs HG's ; 92 GMC C3500HD 6.5L NV4500 160K RC 11ft bed chassis cab needs bellhousing ; 93 GMC C3500HD 6.5L 4L80E 260K RC 11ft bed chassis cab needs bed. ; 95 Chev C2500HD 6.5L 4l80E 121K RCLB needs cooler lines ; 98 Chev K2500HD 6.5L 4L80E 280K ECSB needs TLC ; 96 Chevy C3500 6.5L 4L80E 78K RCLB DRW, 8ft flatbed. 92 Chevy C3500 5.7L NV4500 169K RCLB DRW 8ft flatbed.

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    We went from a 95 Shadow Cruiser to an 88 Holiday Rambler. The SC was a heavy crappy trailer to say the least. I for one will never have a rubber roofed trailer again. The SC was a 24' fifth wheel and was 7300#. The HR is a 28' and is less than that. I have yet to weigh it. I know it's less as it sits higher and just feels lighter. I have heard bad things about alot of the newer stuff out there. From bad EPDM roofs to king pin boxes coming apart going down the road. Here in the Oregon area, I see alot of the Fire Ball trailers. Most are old hunting wagons that get used all year.

    But I love my Holiday Rambler Alumalite XL.

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    For your price range, brand isn't going to mean as much as condition. Check thoroughly for water damage, most trailers of that vintage have some. Scour craigslist, it seems to be the best source for TTs out there. This is getting close to the time of year for people to start unloading campers so they don't have to store them for the winter. Deals will be out there, but make sure you check it over top and bottom. Soft floors, stained ceilings are tell-tale signs of water damage. I have a winter project coming up on our Coachmen; the water heater leaked and ruined part of the floor. It was mostly hidden until I had to replace the water pump and found the soft spot.
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    And be sure to go up top and look at the roof. When looking for the gem we have now, we found alot that had no signs visible from the inside but found splits in the roofing. Those were mostly the EPDM roofs. EPDM will shrink some from years of neglect and leak around vents and whatnot and not be seen.

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    Gauges on the pilar Trans, Boost, EGT
    2007 GM alloy wheels
    Lowes Special air induction
    DIY manual wastegate control
    Custom back up camera
    180* T-Stat
    High idle switch
    TCC lock-up mod
    4" from down tube to 5" turn out stacks
    Removed Vac Pump
    CoolingMist WMI 3gph @3psi 11gph on demand

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    After buying my project Nomad, there are LOTS of things I've learned. I knew my floor was rotten when I bought it, but there was so much more hidden rot in the walls.

    Anyway, after this project, the only thing I can suggest: buy an aluminum framed RV. There are fewer out there in the 80s era, but they are there and with winter coming they will get cheaper. Stick built RVs like mine just have a tendency to rot out when any moisture is present, and are much heavier.

    But with any RV, stick built or aluminum, keeping it sealed up is of course key.
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    This had me looking at the local craigslist and I found a real nice Alumalite XL for 2k. But its a 37' fifth wheel and it' in Vancouver, Washington. There is alot of trailers out there for cheap. Just a matter of keeping ones eyes open.

    John
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    PMD in front bumper #9 res
    Gauges on the pilar Trans, Boost, EGT
    2007 GM alloy wheels
    Lowes Special air induction
    DIY manual wastegate control
    Custom back up camera
    180* T-Stat
    High idle switch
    TCC lock-up mod
    4" from down tube to 5" turn out stacks
    Removed Vac Pump
    CoolingMist WMI 3gph @3psi 11gph on demand

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    can someone list a quick list of common aluminum frame trailers?
    Running Fleet: good enough to be tagged. need little things.
    99 Chev C3500 6.5TD NV4500 14 bolt 2wd 4.10 130K White Ext, Gray Int. RC 159.5"WB DRW Chassis Cab w/ utility bed, getting flatbed. needs PS pump
    95 GMC C2500HD 6.5TD NV4500 14 bolt 2wd 4.10 148K White Ext, Grey Int. RC 131.5"WB SRW Fact. box-off PU has bare frame & B&W, growling trans, strong but blowby rich.
    95 Chev C3500HD 6.5TD NV4500 D80 2wd 5.13 206K White Ext. Tan Int. RC 135.5" WB DRW Chassis Cab w/ utility bed w/ manlift needs HB and TLC.
    93 Chev K2500HD 6.5TD NV4500 14 bolt 4wd 4.10 255K White/Red Ext, Red Int. ECLB 155.5" WB SRW Pickup needs IP.
    91 GMC C1500 6.2NA SM465 10 bolt 2wd 3.42 70K Red Ext, Red Int. RCLB 131.5"WB SRW Pickup needs injectors.
    91 Chev C1500 4.3L 5LM60 10 bolt 2wd 3.42 ??K White Ext, Red Int. RCLB 131.5"WB SRW Pickup needs clutch and rear end rebuild.

    Project Fleet: major mechanical issues to prevent operation.
    96 GMC C2500HD 6.5TD NV4500 14 bolt 2wd 3.73 240K White Ext, Blue Int. ECLB 155.5"WB SRW Pickup needs engine
    96 Chev K2500HD 6.5TD NV4500 14 bolt 4wd 3.73 287K Grn/Tan Ex, Tan Int, ECLB 155.5"WB SRW pickup, fixing for accurate 2wd v 4wd mpg compare with above. needs trans.
    95 Chev C3500HD 6.5TD NV4500 D80 2wd 5.13 132K White Ext, Grey Int. RC 159.5"WB DRW Chassis Cab with flatbed bad heads, needs engine
    94 GMC C2500HD 6.5TD 4L80E 14 bolt 2wd 3.73 300K White Ext, Blue Int. Suburban needs engine
    94 Chevy C2500HD 6.5TD NV4500 14 bolt 2wd 4.10 290K Gold Ext. Tan Int. ECLB 155.5"WB SRW pickup. needs engine.
    94 Chevy C1500 6.5TD 4L80E 10 bolt 2wd 3.08 28xK Maroon Ext. Red int. Mint condition (save for surface rot on ext. cab) needs engine.

    Junk fleet: never to see the road again.
    91 GMC K2500LD 6.2NA 700R4 4wd, in many pieces; 95 GM bare Extended cab; 99 GM 3500 DRW front frame chunk; 4 NV4500s; 3 extra engines, many other parts.

    Proud Member: #144 of DTR.com; #19 Brotherhood of Handshakers; #35 3500 Dually Club; #4 Flatbed Club; #10 Spark Plug Club

    Parent's: 98 GMC C3500 5.7L NV4500 208K RC 11ft bed chassis cab needs HG's ; 92 GMC C3500HD 6.5L NV4500 160K RC 11ft bed chassis cab needs bellhousing ; 93 GMC C3500HD 6.5L 4L80E 260K RC 11ft bed chassis cab needs bed. ; 95 Chev C2500HD 6.5L 4l80E 121K RCLB needs cooler lines ; 98 Chev K2500HD 6.5L 4L80E 280K ECSB needs TLC ; 96 Chevy C3500 6.5L 4L80E 78K RCLB DRW, 8ft flatbed. 92 Chevy C3500 5.7L NV4500 169K RCLB DRW 8ft flatbed.

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    Keystone makes several aluminum framed trailers. I have a Cougar TT, and have had great luck with it.

    Only a few manufacturers make most all the trailers.

    Keystone
    Forest River
    Fleetwood
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    My forest river is aluminum framed, so are the rockwood models.

    Unfortunately, I can only speak for the newer models.

    I would suspect thier older trailers (70's/80's) are wood framed...

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    There used to be a boat load of small RV makers but the gas shortages of the 70's (remember those) and then the economy of late did them all in, sad really.

    In my experience of 40 years of tinkering with RV's off and on since I was a kid, the quality is all over the place over all the brands with a few notable and noted examples; Airstream, Avon, Holiday Rambler, and a few others. If you want a airplane like trailer don't forget Avon. Also don't pass up the one piece molded fiberglass ones like Casita, Scamp, Park Liner and others.

    If I was hunting for a trailer right now I would look for a newer one with the smooth fiberglass skin, wood or AL framed, but would prefer the AL of course. I think the smooth glass skin seals better at the corners and has fewer if any screw holes and seams to leak.

    Also pick one:
    Merry Christmas
    Happy Hanukkah
    Happy Festivus....
    Happy Quanza
    Winter Solstice
    What ever
    Around these parts a "high end" paint job means you sprung for the brand name rattle cans.

    81 Olds Cutlass 350 Diesel (runs needs some TLC)
    86 Surburban 1/2 ton 2wd 6.2l (runs great, low mile eng, but a rust bucket)
    96 Surburban 2500 4wd 6.5l TD, barn doors, man transfer case, 8600# suspension, full floater 14 bolt, (waiting for new heads)

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