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9 Things to Keep in Mind When Buying a Vintage Trailer

Thereís no question the excitement that comes with purchasing a new vehicle - especially if itís a vintage trailer. However, itís important to make sure that youíre not making a spontaneous purchase out of excitement. We know, it may be hard to take the time to check out all the details, but weíre sure itís worth it. Because these vehicles are by nature much older and alot bigger than normal vehicles, repairs and parts could cost a lot more than your typical car. If you donít want to get stuck with a major bill after purchasing your vintage trailer, here are some things to check for before you commit to this huge purchase.

1. Towing vehicle that can handle the weight

Itís important to make sure that you have a vehicle that can transport your potential new purchase. Before leaving your house to go meet your trailer, itís always good to take a peek at your vehicleís ownerís manual to have a sense of your maximum weight. Keep in mind that by adding appliances and furniture, your trailer may gain some serious weight.

2. Soft spots on the floors

The floor is not only the foundation of the trailer, but itís always one of the most tedious to replace. Before purchasing your trailer, take a walk up and down the interior of the trailer to ensure that you donít feel any loose floorboards or soft spots. If you end up finding these later, you may have to end up rearranging furniture or even removing them.

3. Electrical system is working well

As you can imagine, having to go in and replace the entire wiring system or even just a part of it can be a major hassle. Since all the wiring of vintage trailers are hidden behind its walls, removing those could make it hard to put them back. If these walls are already set and ready, you probably donít want to go around constantly removing them and putting them back on. In order to avoid this strenuous task, make sure to test the electrical systems thoroughly.

4. Working propane lines/appliances

Having damaged propane lines can be a really big safety risk especially when you donít know that theyíre broken. Before signing those papers, make sure to check the functionality of the fridge and stove to ensure that the propane lines are in working order. Since failing to do this can be extremely dangerous, you donít want to skim through this while looking over your checklist.

5. Strange odors

Not only are bad smells not good for your overall aesthetic, but there could be more to the reek than just a little spill. Having strange odors can be a sign of molding, leaks, rodents, or a variety of other reasons that you donít want to have to deal with. If you walk into a strange smell, make sure that itís something that a little perfume can erase and not an underlying problem.

6. Signs of water damage

Another factor that could be a sign of a bigger underlying problem is water damage. Whether itís just a small dark spot or some wrinkles in the wall, water damage can be a sign of a leak that can cause major problems in the future. If thereís any repainting done on the walls of your potential new trailer, make sure itís not there to hide a water damaged spot.

7. Tires are in good condition

Although you may see this as your home, remember that a trailer is meant to be mobile. That means that tires are a big part of its functionality. Although tires can easily be replaced, since these are not your typical car tires, they may put a pretty big dent in your wallet. Make sure you go around the exterior of the trailer and check out the quality of the tires before swiping that card!

8. No cracks in windows/glass doors

Another thing to look for are any cracks or even scratches in windows or any glass that may be inside of the trailer. Even the smallest crack can grow and potentially shatter with movement or time. Not only is this dangerous, but it can also be quite costly to replace these windows. Plus, cleaning up shattered glass is not exactly the safest task to pursue.

9. Title should be under the sellerís name

One last thing to consider is not to do with the physical trailer but the credentials behind it. Since thereís a big possibility that youíre buying your vintage trailer from a previous user, you want to make sure that the title is under the sellerís name. This is extremely important because of DMV laws that may not allow you to register the vehicle or transfer paperwork otherwise. Always make sure to check the DMV laws and request to look at the title.

Buying a vintage trailer is no spontaneous purchase. With a commitment as big as this, there are various things that you want to look into in order to make sure that youíre making the right decision. However, doing a thorough check of your potential purchase can save you some extra cash in the future! Donít worry, weíre sure youíll find the perfect fit for you soon enough.

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