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Old 02-13-2018, 06:48 PM   #1
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Hello fellow friends and countrymen! I just bought my first travel trailer and couldn稚 be prouder to say it was a 2002 Sunline Solaris T280SR. I have lots of questions. But I will get to those later on. I just wanted to say hello and thank you in advance for any advice, comments or feedback you can give me! 😌✌🏼
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Old 02-14-2018, 05:29 AM   #2
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Congratulations! She looks beautiful! I don't recognize the interior decor. You must have done some updating. It looks great!
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Hi Lisa70,

Welcome and congrats on your Sunny! It looks like it is in really good condition. Can't wait to see more of it!

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Welcome Lisa! I really like the looks of your 280SR inside! The interiors available around 2002 were starting to look rather geriatric, so you really perked it up. Can't wait to see what else you have in store!
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Old 02-14-2018, 07:42 AM   #5
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Thanks everyone. Yes. It has had some updating. The master bedroom redo is still in process. Stay tuned. I can’t wait to go camping soon!! Any good spots to suggest for me to try out in Georgia?
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Hi Lisa,

Congrats on your new Sunny and welcome to the club!!!

The T280SR front kitchen is a popular model. And yours looks great!! Did you do the remodel or did the prior owner? Who ever did it, they did a great job. Wow!

Since this is your first camper, I will point out one thing in case there you did not know and if an issue might be there. You can deal with it now.

I noticed the main awning over the door side has been removed. That itself is not the problem. We can see the center rafter support is still on the camper but the side arms and the awning roller are not. Can't see real close in the pics if the top awning mounts are on or not.

If it came to you that way with no top awning mounts, the prior owner may have had a water overload episode or something that bent the awning roller and maybe the arms too. The actual awning fabric if the camper has been stored outside on your vintage, is only good for about 10 years, the the sun bakes them to death. You can replace the awning and hardware as they still sell that style awning. It is the same kind as our camper. A & E Sun Chaser

There is a point I wanted to mention that could be an issue. On the top, up by the roof, there is a gutter rail that runs the length of the camper. There are 2 awning brackets (most times gray in color) that would of held the awning arms to the top side of the camper. There are lag screws that go through the gutter rail into the side of the camper. "Hopefully" who ever removed the awning hardware plugged those 4 holes good. If not, water can get into the camper roof system and cause great havoc.

Here is a picture of the holes I'm talking about


This is the bracket that "might" be removed. It is being installed in this pic


Looks like this on the camper


For more pic's on how the awning would look on your camper and mount, this post has a lot of pics showing an awning material replacement. Main Awning Replacement -(Lots of pics)

If those holes are exposed, now is the time to plug them. A ideal plug is to pump some Dicor non leveling caulk in the holes and on a 3/16" lag screw (I think is the size, check the size hole they may be 1/4") and screw it a ways to act as a plug until the time comes when a new awning might be installed. Just do not use silicone to plug the holes. It will not hold up and that gutter rail area is critical for leaks.

Have fun with your new camper. Spring is coming, not fast enough up north here but it is coming...

Hope this helps

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WOW John! Thank you so much for your informative response. I greatly appreciate you!

I bought my Sunny from a guy who had sold/financed it to a "buddy" because he had purchased a much larger fifth wheeler. Long and short, buddy did a lot of the remodeling, all new fixtures, new LED lighting inside and out, new plumbing, new seals, including a new roof! The rear Master has been started with a custom layout....I have to finish the trim work...that is all....He lost his job, and payments got behind so he had to repossess it. Buddy was not happy as he spent well over $3500 on refurbs...Anyways...unfortunately his loss was my gain. I stole this baby for what the guy who sold it had in it, which was next to nothing. It was too good of a deal to think twice on...You wouldn't believe it. I have all the paperwork since birth and every receipt for the materials and labor on the refurb.

Everything works...All appliances...converter...water heater...No water leaks...(It has been raining here for over a week and the slide is out with NO LEAKS....None...Praise the Lord!

The awning is an issue...Apparently when he had the roof replaced, the awning was removed....But the seller told me that the fabric was faded and ripped so he may have had intentions of replacing it and it never happened because he lost the camper....When it was repossessed, one of the two rails and the roller were not in the storage, along with the ladder and spare tire and basically who knows where they are now.

I will have my husband look at the roof and let him know what you suggest he pay attention to and let you know.... I am super excited about my new steal of a purchase and I can't wait to get it all ready for its first outing! Thank you again for taking your time to advise me on some important things!
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Hi Lisa,

Wow... you found quite a deal there. Good for you!! A new roof... double WOW.

To help pass along some learning, your statement:
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No water leaks...(It has been raining here for over a week and the slide is out with NO LEAKS....None...
As for leaks on a camper, leaks on campers are different then a leak in your house. I'm not saying you have a leak, just helping pass this along to learn how leaks can happen. Since you have a new roof, odds are high you have fairly new caulking sealant on the roof. This is good. You have the opportunity to help keep it leak free like when a new camper is bought. The caulking is the down fall of the roof systems. It has to be inspected often all the time as cracks develop and then over time the cracks get bigger and then a leak starts and you can never know it unless you inspect.

Leaks that are slow, they "seep" into the camper. The way the camper is built, the seeping water finds its way down. If it starts on the roof, gravity will take it as far as it can go until it cannot get out or the leak stopped letting more in (not common).

Water that enters the roof oftentimes starts on the front, back or perimeters seams between the rubber roof and the metal siding. Those are the worst locations but any penetration on the roof can have the problem. Water seeps in, finds it way to the walls, down the walls and then it stops at the waterproof black membrane under the camper as it cannot get out. Leaks can also start from windows, doors, cargo holes, corner molding etc. all which use sealants (putty tape) to create a seal to the siding.

Point is, a camper water leak can be on going for a few years before you ever see it in side. If a tree branch drops on the roof and pokes a hole, that large of a leak can show up inside more quickly. But the sealant seepers can be ongoing for a real long time before you see them.

This post can help on the roof inspection. Rubber Roof Caulk - Inspect and repair 101

Also you said your slide was open, so that you know, ideally when you are not using the camper, bring the slide in. Yes it is made to handle being open in the rain but... The sun and rain water can affect the slide given the right circumstances. You increase the odds against you having it open for long periods of time when you are "not" even using the camper. Like folks who have seasonal sites and leave their slide open all summer and only visit a few times on weekends. Out of the 160 days of summer the slide is open, if they only spent 32 days at the camper, then the other 128 days the slide seals and slide roof was exposed and they were not even at the camper.

While we are on slides, have your husband check the slide floor bottom in these areas. Your slide was built like mine with holes in the black bottom Darco membrane on the bottom of the slide. If those holes are not covered, water can find its way into the slide floor from water running down the side wall when open. If the slide floor is nice and hard on both ends and the holes are there, now is the time to seal them up and then you do not have to worry about it.
2004 & Older Slide Floors. Something you should check.

Here was my slide floor rebuild. I inherited the problem as the camper was only 2.5 years old we we bought it. I have a hunch this happened sitting on the dealers lot waiting to be sold with the slide wide open all year. Slide Floor Water Damage

Have fun finishing up the bedroom.

Hope this helps

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Jekyll Island Campground is a neat place if you want to see the island. The campground itself is crowded, but the bicycle trails on the island are awesome. The historic area is beautiful, and the Sea Turtle Hospital is great.
For a pure camping experience with beautiful big sites we enjoyed Fort McAlister State Park near Richmond Hill.
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Tweety is correct! Jekyll Island campground was always a favorite of mine in GA! Lots to see and do there for a great GA island experience!
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Old 02-18-2018, 02:38 PM   #11
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This group is amazing. So much love here. Thank you for all the information. I wanted to share with you all what the inside master bedroom of my Sunny looked like before and now...we area almost finished with it. Trim work needs finished and some other things. We reduced the weight because the previous owner had installed 1/4 bead board. We changed it out for 1/8 paneling. We took out the cabinets and turned the bed and built a platform underneath. Added a new 10 coil spring RV shirt queen mattress. What do y誕ll think? I LOVE it.
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Wow nice job!
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Wow nice job!
Thank you so much! It痴 a HUGE improvement. I can稚 wait to take it camping!!!
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Oh wow!!!! That looks really comfy!

Nice job!

Thanks for sharing. We really like seeing what folks do with their campers. Gives us all more ideas!

John.

PS. Just so you know, if you take pics from your phone or tablet and you have rotated the camera, it will upload to the site and display 90 degrees and not straight up. It is a format thing with phones/tablets and it is stuck in the code of the picture and our software just reads what the pic has.
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