Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 11-19-2017, 10:43 PM   #1
Weekend Camper
 
Stovepipe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Tennessee
Posts: 14
New to us 2014 Sunset Trail owners and happy to be a part of these forums!

Hello folks! Super excited to finally own a travel trailer after studying the purchase for nearly 5 years. We waited for the right time to pull the trigger and the stars finally lined up. Coming from a pop-up this is a HUGE move haha!

We mulled over the new verses used thing for a long time. I actually made an offer on a new Puma but the dealer didn't go for it and it turned out to be a very very good thing. My rationale for going new was 1) the warranty, 2) I found a decent dealer close to me with a seemingly decent service center (in an area with a LOT of bad dealers looking to rip people off in every way possible), 3) I wanted a dealer walkthrough and WDH install so that I could fully understand all the systems and how to adjust the hitch for my truck (something that I thought would be sketchy trying to do while buying from an individual).

I ended up finding a 2014 Sunset Trail 32BH from an individual. The guy had bought a piece of property that had two of these trailers (one rear living model) on it. Previous owner bought the trailers for his family but passed away sadly and the units sat unused for years. This 32BH is pristine on the inside, it's obvious it has never had people in it for any significant time. The only issues I'm dealing with are fairly minor ones having to do with it being exposed to the weather. The front cap is faded from sunlight (not a big deal for me, and I have found wax suggestions on the forum that might help it some). I had to have the furnace serviced from a mobile RV repair guy as it had dirt dobber nests up in it, not a big deal, all good now. I need to replace the tires although the unit has been towed less than 100 miles in its life. No leaks, slides work well, this thing is awesome and I think I got it for a very fair price. There is no way we could have rationalized such a nice unit new.

So I'm loving this forum, there are many great people sharing great advice and ideas. I've already started tackling some mods that I'll share pictures of. I went into this wanting a project. I know there will always be things to fix and tinker with. I'm thankful that the main systems on this trailer seem to be in good working order and that only minor maintenance is needed to get us out and camping initially. My wife and two young boys, 7 and 8, are beyond excited!

One interesting note, I ended up bumper pulling this thing home from about 30 minutes away with no WDH or sway control. Was very nervous about it. There was no good way to figure out a weight distributing hitch and install at the sellers house. I took back roads avoiding the interstate and made it home perfectly fine. First time towing a 36 foot long trailer (big step up from an 8 foot pop-up!). The truck pulled it like a boss and all was good. Now I've got to figure out the WDH but I have time to study and plan for that. U-Haul will install it for 65 bucks an hour and I can watch it up close. May buy the hitch myself and let them do it. I could probably install myself but there are no flat surfaces near me that I'd feel comfortable doing it on.

Anyway, happy to be a Crossroads owner and happy to be a part of this forum!

Cheers!
__________________
2014 Sunset Trail Reserve 32BH
2015 Ram 2500 6.4L Hemi 4x4 CC
Stovepipe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2017, 08:19 AM   #2
Weekend Camper
 
MoTreker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Missouri
Posts: 23
Congratulations on your “new to you” trailer - go create some great memories with your boys!


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
__________________
MoTreker
2017 SS-254RB
2004 Chevy 2500 4x4 Diesel
MoTreker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2017, 02:51 PM   #3
Weekend Camper
 
jbordner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Texas
Posts: 65
Congratulations and welcome from Texas !!
__________________
Jeff & Becky Bordner
Magnolia Texas
2006 Ram 2500 5.9 Cummins
2015 Cruiser Aire 29RS
Reese Goosebox
jbordner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2017, 02:24 PM   #4
Full Time Camper
 
Papa-T's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: N.C. Mountains
Posts: 841
Congrats and welcome.
__________________
*2016 CAF25SE Cruiser Aire 5er *Joined 2010
*Changed Username and lost Post #'s -2012.
*Traded Campers and Left Crossroads -2012.
*Purchased New 5er & Came back May-2016
*Ted & Tricia (Mimi and Boo-Teacup Poodles)
“I have tried to live my life so that my family would love me and my friends would respect me. The others can do whatever the Hell they please!” —John Wayne
Papa-T is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:54 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.