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Old 03-13-2018, 02:58 PM   #1
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Opportunity to purchase 2007 Sunline 257SR from original owner for less than $8K. Saw it today and it looks in great shape. No odors or soft spots or staining. All original carpets in great shape, including pass through storage compartment. Tires look good. Unit was parked at campground for most of it's life. Oven never used. Put a moisture meter on walls with no detection. A few cosmetic issues (cover missing on converter and also on exterior box next to battery). TV shelf in bedroom not there, but I would use a wall mount with today's light TVs. Any thoughts from owners of this model? It is a good upgrade from my T-2475.
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I guess thatís the one I see on Craigslist. Looks nice to me. Did you inspect the roof?
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Old 03-13-2018, 05:45 PM   #3
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The 2007 T257SR is a larger capacity camper then your current T-2475 by the brochures. The 257 will allow you to put more cargo in the camper which can be a good thing if room and cargo is a need.

The T257SR is a 7,000# GVWR camper with a dry weight of 4,930 or 2,070# of cargo above dry.

The 2004 T-2475 is a 5,500# GVWR camper with a dry weight of 4,825# or 675# of cargo above dry weight. And that sounds odd for Sunline to size this camper that low on cargo capacity but it may be. I took that from the 2004 brochure, is by chance that a typo and your T2475 a 7,000# GVWR?

Point being there maybe an effect of the maybe a larger camper on your truck. This may or may not be a problem, just mentioning it to check it out.

That is a nice camper. The slide system of that era was good and well proven. But check the slide roof and floor for soft spots if you have not. If this was on a seasonal site, owners sometimes leave the slide open all season even when they are not there. That is not really a good plan.

It sounds like you tried the moisture meter and things have come up good. That is a good start. Good for you!! At the moment it seems it could be a good dry camper. As John mentioned, how was the roof condition? Did they keep after the caulking? You should be able to see if they put any new caulk over the original and would expect it to be touched up on the caulking. If they did nothing, be prepared to deal with it when you get it soon so you can keep it dry.

Other then the roof shape, slide condition and added weight potential, that camper sounds good for you as a sise upgrade.

Hope this helps and good luck. Let us know how you make out.

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Thanks for the additional things to look for. I am going back tomorrow with the "boss", for her approval. I will be going over all the operating systems then. I did notice some additional caulk-over at the corners on a cursory inspection from the ground. Will go into more depth tomorrow. Regarding my TV (2015 RAM 1500QC), the extra weight should not be an issue. As for the 2475, I think the 2004 brochure UVW is a typo. The sticker in the unit states UVW is 4425lbs, which makes more sense. Hope this deal works out. If so, I'll have a '04 2475 on the market for around $3500.
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Sounds like a good find! Make sure to check and fix those roof seams before you do get water in.
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