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Old 09-17-2013, 04:38 PM   #1
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Default Eight years in a barn...

I have found a 2003 3023 that has been stored in a barn for the past 8 years. I know tires and batteries are going to need replacing, wheel bearing repacked, brakes checked, etc.

Is there anything specific that needs to be checked that is unique to the TM?

I am very familiar with RV's in general and have completely rebuilt a couple of Airstreams and still have a couple of AS projects on the property.

This TM has been parked since 2005, I know the owner and trust them when they tell me it was completely cleaned prior to storage, and everything was working when it was parked. They only used it about 4 times before they parked it.
My main concern would be mouse damage, I hope to be able to see the trailer in a couple of weeks.

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Old 09-17-2013, 04:53 PM   #2
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HI YAS
knowing about rv's is a grt help,
imo there is only about 8 to 10 items that are tm specific, the rest is the same as used on other trailers
may need to think about the seals on the thedford also,it is something you do not see in the a.s.
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Old 09-17-2013, 05:46 PM   #3
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HI YAS
knowing about rv's is a grt help,
imo there is only about 8 to 10 items that are tm specific, the rest is the same as used on other trailers
may need to think about the seals on the thedford also,it is something you do not see in the a.s.
One more "s" on the end of your sentence there and that would be very telling about the Thetford....haha.

I got my TM after it sat for several years, parked in a covered carport. The PO's wife passed away and the gentleman stopped using the TM. He had bought it new in 2002. Tires were done and I greased the wheels. Plugged it in and everything has worked since 2010. As you stated, the only real issue is critter,varmints, rodents. Ants can be intrusive as well. They love electrical wiring. Wasps can make themselves home in the WH, refridgerator compartment door areas on the exterior. Be careful when you open them suddenly. Pour some bleach water in the holding tanks, fill, then dump and refill. The seal bags for the TM may have become hard. Soften them up with a bleach cream cleaner like a Soft Scrub. The Dutch door seal on the inside, black weatherstrip can be brittle. It will leave marks on the exterior of the TM as you lift the roofs. I open the top half of the door and lock it in place wth the latch before I open the roof. Saves me from cleaning the swirl mark.
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Old 09-17-2013, 06:07 PM   #4
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Stuff sniped The seal bags for the TM may have become hard. Soften them up with a bleach cream cleaner like a Soft Scrub. The Dutch door seal on the inside, black weatherstrip can be brittle. It will leave marks on the exterior of the TM as you lift the roofs. I open the top half of the door and lock it in place wth the latch before I open the roof. Saves me from cleaning the swirl mark.
seal bags? I haven't seen that term. Definition please (and thank you).

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Old 09-17-2013, 06:19 PM   #5
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david
is the main seal between the two shell halfs, is called the seal bag


(The PO's wife passed away and the gentleman stopped using the TM)

after dealing with some of my employees , po? (probation officer)
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po = previous owner.

there I returned the favor.

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Old 09-17-2013, 06:37 PM   #7
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Probably plan on replacing the propane tanks ( soon) as well. Oil of peppermint ( the essential oil) on one or two cotton balls in a small open glass jar should drive ( keep) any critters out. Be careful it will damage surfaces if spilled.
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Probably plan on replacing the propane tanks ( soon) as well. Oil of peppermint ( the essential oil) on one or two cotton balls in a small open glass jar should drive ( keep) any critters out. Be careful it will damage surfaces if spilled.
Thought about those, stock tanks appear to be the cheap 20# barbecue style tanks, those I have a bunch of. I also have a set of polished 30# aluminum tanks that would probably fit.

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Old 09-17-2013, 07:15 PM   #9
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Sorry about the abbreviations. Forgot about the newbies....

The large seals that go side to side for the roof seal and also the seals that run along the front bed sides. There is a channel between the seal and the outer walls that fills up with crud, leaves, dirt, etc. due to the roofs are down and when TM is towed, small debris can get lodged in there. Over time, if not cleaned well, the leaves will deteriorate and stain the seal bag.
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