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Old 02-16-2018, 06:37 AM   #11
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Thank you all for the kind words, it will be a long road but really drives home how precious every minute with our children really is.


We get to go pick up the busses Monday, I also found a wrecked 2004 5th wheel for around a grand not far from us, what component should I be confirming are still in good shape? It looks like a tree fell on it and about half tje roof is caved in, i know the heater/ac is one thing to look at, what else?

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I went that route. I donít have specific advice on what to look for other than to say components do often survive but if what you want from it looks smashed...it probably IS smashed.

Make sure you can tow it. I brought one from Orlando and though it was without incident it was scariest drive of my life.
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Old 02-16-2018, 09:36 AM   #12
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Thanks for the feedback David, I got the idea from you, i don't have a 5th wheel capable rig so i would have to phone a friend. It is only about 30 miles away and I dont think it is quite as bad as yours was.

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Old 02-16-2018, 11:14 AM   #13
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That actually looks perfect! I wish that I had held out for a bigger trailer because most of the components in the trailer that I bought were scaled to fit the small platform. Unfortunately in many cases Iíve chosen to go with other components just because I was unhappy with exactly the solution that came in the trailer that I got. A notable exception to that was that the propane furnace is plenty adequate for my bus. Even in Weather that was down in the teens it had no trouble keeping the bus comfortably warm. I guess the other thing that I would say is do consider the age of things. The trailer that I got was only 2 1/2 or three years old but itís surprising how age things can become in a relatively short amount of time. That said I think all the components I got were in nearly new condition, but I was surprised at how much rust theyíre already was on the frame of the trailer and other things that just seems like they should be in more like new condition and they were based on the relatively young age of the trailer.
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Old 02-16-2018, 06:06 PM   #14
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A 5th wheel of that size is going to have a lot more than $1K in parts and pieces you can use.

An RV fridge is going to cost over $2K if you purchase a new one. A residential 110-VAC only fridge is going to be over $200.00.

Tanks (black, potable water, grey, and propane) will easily set you back over $1K.

Furnace and hot water heater over $1K.

Sinks, toilet, and shower over $1K.

Stove, oven, microwave, range hood well over $1K.

The master bedroom bed and cabinets would be worth the cost if they are still in good condition.


I think that if you can get it home in more or less one piece you will be able to get more than $1K worth of value out of it.
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