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donuts

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Calling all Coleman tent trailer owners
« on: May 07, 2013, 08:31:35 AM »
Hello again. I'm looking at a 2003 Coleman Niagara Elite tent trailer and have read many posts that write about roof problems. Can anyone share a positive story about a Coleman roof so I can purchase this 2003 model. From what I see, the roof is in excellent condition.
Stan and Cindy
Fair Oaks, California
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go6car

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Re: Calling all Coleman tent trailer owners
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2013, 06:05:38 AM »
I had a 2000 Coleman Westlake bought new, kept it for ~2 years, and had no issues whatsoever, if that helps! 

It's very easy to see if you have a bad roof because it will look like it doesn't have a nice, tight uniform seal around the whole base of the camper when it's closed. (So, in other words, it will look "off" or warped, and the clamps that hold the roof to the base of the unit will be very hard to close because of the warping.). 

Not all had this issue, but enough did that it made the rounds online with people (rightfully so) complaining about it. As second owners, a lot of people had to replace on their own dime since the original warranty wasn't transferable, if I remember correctly too... 

Keep in mind too that there were a lot of these Colemans sold in the early to mid 2000s and many people didn't have an issue (and lots of happy folks also don't post online!).

If everything checks out (good canvas, lift system is good, underneath good/no rust, no water damage inside, wheels/bearings/axle in good shape, etc.) and the unit has been maintained well, then I would say go for it!

For added peace of mind, maybe consider having a 3rd party inspection done too, if that would help you. A local dealer or possibly a Camping World should be able to accommodate this for you. A basic safety and general condition check. 

Keep in mind that this unit is still 10 years old, and things can and do happen, even when well cared for. It's just the nature of the beast. Best any of us can do is check everything to the best of our ability, and then you just have to take that plunge on a rig that's right for you!

Best of luck!
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donuts

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Re: Calling all Coleman tent trailer owners
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2013, 09:46:53 AM »
Thank you for your help.
Stan and Cindy
Fair Oaks, California
2014 GMC 2500 Sierra Duramax/Allison 4x4
2015 Fox Mountain 235RL
SF Niner, SF Giants and GS Warrior Fan

woodosgood

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Re: Calling all Coleman tent trailer owners
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2013, 11:47:10 AM »
I have a 2010 Santa Fe that I bought used this year.  It looks fine and our one night in the rain was dry.
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FLMonty

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Re: Calling all Coleman tent trailer owners
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2013, 02:23:04 PM »
We've had our 1998 Bayside with no rain issues. Knock on wood.  It was stored out in our pasture closed for five years. We have opened it up and even found that the a/c and fridge work. We washed it and re-treated the canvas with waterproofing agent. All cleaned up and ready to go for Fathers Day! whoopee,

 

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