Post by 63shastanick on Jul 25, 2018 8:10:13 GMT -8
I am new to the forum. Came across a 16 SCS Shasta. I am going to inspect it tomorrow. Can someone assist with some potential issues or problems I should look for? The owner claims that it has been restored. See pics and description: Any help would be appreciated as I am a novice. The wife fell in love with it, I just want to make sure I am not acquiring a potential lemon.
Original propane stove/oven Original Propane Heater Original Jalousie Windows Air conditioner Refrigerator Toilet Closet space New removable/washable cushion covers Dinette converts to large bed ( bigger than a king bed ) Upper bunk ( full size bed ) Original jack stands Great tread on tires New spare tire Bearings packed in 2017 Upgraded electric, propane lines, and plumbing Canopy / awning
How much? For $1000, just race there with cash. For $10,000, do a really good inspection.
You want to see photos BEFORE they painted. If somebody told me that they didn’t take photos before it was painted…I’d walk away. These days people take photos of everything and post it on Facebook. “I forgot to take before photos of our extensive restoration”… not very likely. Some people paint because they love the look but most just want to cover up the water stains or rot.
Climb under with an ice pick or very small screw driver. Where the skin wraps underneath the wood needs to be solid especially on the sides. The walls rest on that framing. If the wood is soft, beware.
Bring a step ladder and check the roof. Is there a heavy coat of goop? Then at some point it was leaking. Nobody I know has ever gooped a roof that was leak free.
The metal framing should be straight and rot free. Surface rust is fine and to be expected. The tongue should be straight. If it’s bent slightly up, it’s probably been in an accident.
Did they prime before painting? Did they use 20 pounds of body filler? Did they put in a 12 volt system? Etc.
On a side note, this model obviously necessitates breaking down the table every night before bed and packing up the bedding each morning. A little more work. And make sure the cushions are comfortable enough to sleep on. I’m 56 years old so I installed a 10” memory foam mattress in our camper.
Multiple things about which I’d be concerned... First, that toilet room corner looks like it’s pretty stained, how was the inevitable underlying rot addressed? Second, if you look carefully at a lot of the wood that was painted, the wood doesn’t seem smooth, which it should be if it’s in good condition. Third, the dinette cushions are pretty, but the fabric should be taut, not baggy. ¿Lack of good workmanship? Fourth, how have they modified the front to support the a/c unit? Fifth, wth is that hole drilled in the counter with the multi port power strip coming out of it? Sixth, they’ve added an attached awning that wasn’t original. What supports have been added for the extra weight? Finally, I find it hard to trust a trailer that’s been painted inside, has just a few pictures, evidence of rot, and the fact that the best picture of the trailer includes a scarecrow, pumpkins and strings of little flags.
Post by 63shastanick on Jul 26, 2018 7:38:43 GMT -8
Well, I took a look the trailer today. The bottom couple inches of the wood walls is rotting out in several places underneath the trailer. There is a seem in the middle of the roof that has a significant amount of black tar also. Looks like the interior paneling is split in several pages also. Not sure what it is worth.