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Old 01-18-2013, 05:16 PM   #1
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buying used, please help

Hi, I am new to this forum and seeking help from experienced owners. I am considering buying a 2006 17B. When I finally look at the trailer in person (it is an 8 hour drive away), are there any common trouble spots I should take a hard look at?? This unit appears (through pictures) to be very well kept, clean, and cared for.

I have been very impressed with the Escape community and the positive comments about the company and owners. The 17B seems perfect for my little family.

Thanks in advance for any advice...
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:10 PM   #2
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is a checklist from FGRV if you haven't seen it. It is generic, but has some good ideas. Basically, you just want to make certain that everything is in good working order, and if the price is right, know you are buying a good product.
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:57 PM   #3
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Ask the person to have the refer running so you can verify it keeps cold, run the furnace and a/c, turn on the lights, both interior and exterior and brake/tail lights. Any smells? Look at the tires for tread and wear. Manuals for the unit and appliances. This is about it.
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Not sure what happened to the link, I guess I screwed something up, and can no longer edit either. Here it is again. LINK
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Old 01-19-2013, 06:22 PM   #5
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Thanks for the tips! I have found a couple check lists and that's a good idea to have a reference with me for the inspection. As hard as I try, I can't seem to find any major problems with these trailers to watch out for... I'm really worried about water leaks but this trailer's design seems to address this very effectively. I have also been very impressed with Reece and Tammy adding their input to this and other forums.
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Old 01-19-2013, 10:09 PM   #6
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Realy the only place water can leak is any where there is a hole in the exterior, like a window, roof vent and such things. So as long as those items are sealed well and the sealant is good condition there isn't anywhere water can get in. This is one of the reasons many of us have these trailers as most stick built trailers leak.
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Old 01-20-2013, 07:47 AM   #7
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Realy the only place water can leak is any where there is a hole in the exterior......
I believe we have a rocket scientist in our midst.


But, you are right. If one pays attention to the maintenance on these items, there should be no leakage. I had to reseal things on the roof of my stick built every few years it seemed. I love having to not worry about it in the worst of storms.
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my point was that there are not endless seams and joints like conventional stick built trailers.
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Correct, Dave, compared to conventional units, we have about 90% less places for any water intrusion.
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I just jest, thus the smiley face.
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