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trailernovice

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Posted: 03/15/22 07:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We do at least one 'big' trip a year (2000 mile round trip or more) with the trailer, and the rest of our every-other-month trips are generally round-trip length of at least 500 miles

Many people I've talked to basically pull their unit to a nearby campground every so often to enjoy a beach weekend or something (my house is ~90 miles from South Padre Island)

I keep in mind what one RV salesperson said in a video...when moving down the highway at speed, the trailer experiences a combination of earthquake and hurricane.

The trailer, although pretty new, is your basic 'stick and tin' construction, with wood framework

Sooooo, to the point:
1.) Is there any particular structural point to keep an eye on? (example maybe the framework around the air conditioner tends to crack over time with heavy use, given that it's supporting a load....anything along those lines)

2.) Is there a particular structural thing that, if it fails, the unit should or will be totaled?

3.) Even with proper maintenance and inspection, everything breaks beyond economical repair at some point....any idea time frame before the trailer is likely to just shake itself apart?
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Water intrusion is more likely to be the death of any RV vs falling apart because of travel.

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What jdc said: Keep it sealed up and it will last long enough for the wife to get tired of the floorplan. RV's rot away before they fall apart.





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Posted: 03/15/22 10:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

jdc1 wrote:

Water intrusion is more likely to be the death of any RV vs falling apart because of travel.


Bingo!!!!

If you keep up on the maintenance 20-30yrs is nothing unusual and you can keep them going beyond that.

Your usage doesn't sound particularly heavy.


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My quality built 2003 R-Vision lite Trail Cruiser TT owned by Monaco Coach lasted me well over 15 years with frequent hard travel in the Rockies, western mountains and along the Pacific Coast. Also setting outside in very hot Texas and Nevada sun for long periods of time. No serious issues or leaks in heavy rain at all except some faded decals. Minor damage from road debris that I fixed with eternal bond white tape. When I sold it received a very good price. A Okay and good to go and see you at the rodeo.

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Posted: 03/16/22 03:17am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

trailernovice wrote:

We do at least one 'big' trip a year (2000 mile round trip or more) with the trailer, and the rest of our every-other-month trips are generally round-trip length of at least 500 miles

Many people I've talked to basically pull their unit to a nearby campground every so often to enjoy a beach weekend or something (my house is ~90 miles from South Padre Island)

I keep in mind what one RV salesperson said in a video...when moving down the highway at speed, the trailer experiences a combination of earthquake and hurricane.

The trailer, although pretty new, is your basic 'stick and tin' construction, with wood framework

Sooooo, to the point:
1.) Is there any particular structural point to keep an eye on? (example maybe the framework around the air conditioner tends to crack over time with heavy use, given that it's supporting a load....anything along those lines)

2.) Is there a particular structural thing that, if it fails, the unit should or will be totaled?

3.) Even with proper maintenance and inspection, everything breaks beyond economical repair at some point....any idea time frame before the trailer is likely to just shake itself apart?
Thx
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Bought our 07 in 2006 and used it often. 1, 2 week trip a year (1500-3500 miles) and many weekend trips for 13 years. Never experienced an issue. Always inspected and sealed the roof a couple times a year!
With proper maint I don’t see why your 19 couldn’t do the same.


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Way too many variables to answer questions #1 2 3 as all rv trailers aren't designed/fabricated the same or use the same materials from the axles up too the roof.
AS mentioned stopping water intrusion is the key for a long life rv trailer. And of course parking the trailer in a trailer shed keeps the sun from ruining outside appearance....drying out sealants.....aging exteriors.

My old '97 31' 10" 5th wheel rv trailer is 25 years old and has around 180k-190k miles on the chassis. Its been trailer shed kept when not used since I bought it when it was 3 months old (1st owner lost his business).
I do a roof check in the spring each year with close watch on any sealant cracking.... missing or cracked roof jacks and all other roof fixtures. I do a annual main frame/axles/suspension/brakes/bearing inspections and R/R.

The unit is good for a coast to coast voyage any time.


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Posted: 03/16/22 07:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I agree that water intrusion is what will kill it. You'd be surprised how sneaky it can be. An unsealed (from the factory) front marker light is what ruined my first trailer.





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Posted: 03/16/22 08:21am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My trailer is 18 years old, with 17 2400 mile round trips to Florida from Michigan, several trips to Texas, and a couple to California plus many trips to nearby (less than 250 miles away) campgrounds and it is still going strong and used almost every weekend during the summer.

Although it no longer rolls down the road, maintenance is still job #1 on it. The roof was just recently redone and I have been almost anal about keeping it leak free during all those years. Even with the heavy use it has had, it still looks almost new - although the gel coat is starting to dull and needs a good cleaning or even possibly painting.

I believe any RV can last a long time if it is properly maintained and used. As mentioned earlier by others, it is not the travel that gets them it is usually water intrusion.
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