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aqhanhra
Posted 2017-06-30 5:07 PM (#170189)
Subject: 1996 Sundowner Sunlite Sierra 4 horse


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I am looking at my first full living quarters trailer. I have done my research and figured out what I can afford. I found a nice 1996 Sundowner Sunlite Sierra 4 horse. All aluminum, no slide out, Mangers with plenty of storage, hay rack with water tank, electric jacks, nice trailer, 38 ft. GVWR is 17,500. I will be pulling it with a 2003 Dodge Ram 3500 6 speed dually. It does show some water damage above the shower and some on the floor in front of the shower door. It is well taken care of and the current owner just replaced the skylight in the bathroom, new brakes and brake drums, new packed bearings in tires, new (something) in fridge cause it wasn't working. Grey water tanks look good and water tank for trailer looks good. awning was replaced about 4 years ago. I really like the trailer but is $20,000 to much for it? I tried NADA to see and I don't understand their pricing for horse trailers. Also with 17,500 GVWR am I gonna need a CDL to haul it? I know I need to probably reseal the roof cause the sealer was starting to roll on the edges. Any thoughts on whether it would be something you would go for? I want something to haul 3 horses comfortably, so my daughter can continue to rodeo and I don't have to live without a bathroom again, tired of living in trailers without bathrooms, with home made kitchens (stove and refridge and dresser for storage), running electric cords through the door or window and her sleeping on a couch. My daughter high school rodeos in another state and all of our rodeos are 4-1/2 to 9 hours away and she qualified for NHSRA Finals in Wyoming. I will need to pull it across country so I want something safe. Thanks any thoughts on the 1996 sundowner sunlite sierras would be greatly appreciated.


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Kay
Posted 2017-07-01 8:31 AM (#170193 - in reply to #170189)
Subject: RE: 1996 Sundowner Sunlite Sierra 4 horse


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Be aware that re-sealing a roof correctly is a labor intensive job and can be expensive if you are paying someone else to do it.

Also, hopefully someone will comment on the "Sunlite" model as to whether or not the base frame is steel with "Suncoating", as that is another caveat.
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aqhanhra
Posted 2017-07-01 9:31 AM (#170195 - in reply to #170193)
Subject: RE: 1996 Sundowner Sunlite Sierra 4 horse


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from what I have read, the 1998 up are the ones with the frame problems. This one has an aluminum frame. I was worried about that so I did some research on it.
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RTSmith
Posted 2017-07-05 2:43 PM (#170218 - in reply to #170189)
Subject: RE: 1996 Sundowner Sunlite Sierra 4 horse


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Tough as nails. It is likely a 720 series, which was a great trailer. As long as you check the normal things, there are not "known issues" with that trailer. I can't appraise it of course, but there is a floor that trailer values seem to hit, and don't go much lower if they are in good condition. You are about there with a trailer this age. If you can register it as an RV, you'll be exempt from CDL requirements. 
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