1. Coated roof 2. Rusty or discolored screws-obviously, the trailer hasn't been apart to be repaired 3. Sagging or bulging metal siding. If it droops over the tongue, the front is rotted out. Bulges signify rot. 4. Interior paint hides a multitude of sins... 5. "We gutted it", "fully restored" or "from the floor up" 6. Obvious water stains. There is ROT behind them thar stains! 7. Newer appliances in an older canned ham. Parts and pieces should be original and/or period correct. 8. Missing TITLE 9. Soft floors-if you can feel it sag, there's rot. 10. Pretty paint. As we call it, Lipstick on a Pig.
Brands to beware of:
Serro Scotty-very light metal frame, butted metal at the roof line tends to really leak. Corvette-plywood walls Scotsman- have a cute "bump" in the front but tend to have severe rot. Ply walls.
The above plywood walls are a little different to repair.
Mid to late 50s Cardinals: most have very light metal frames, usually cracked and rusted thru!
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