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Advertise your 5th Wheel For Sale or Rent

We are offering you the opportunity to advertise your park model trailer on the site to be part of our initial promotion campaign.

Because this is a new site it requires promotion to attract the right people who will respond to the ads. We are doing just that. Our advertising will be targeted to the very people you are trying to attract.

Those units appearing on the site in the early stages will be the ones to get the first attention. Also, we have a surprising number of people interested in this lifestyle who are waiting for the site listings before they begin their search for a park model. Many of these are 'first timers' interested in renting to start with, but there are also some interested in buying.

'For Rent' Ads

We have programmed our ad listings to provide some features that help address some of the problems faced by those trying to rent out their 5th Wheels.

You can manage your own rental ad using the 'available months' feature that allows you to continue promoting those unrented months.

For as long as the ad appears you can make changes and even when the unit is fully rented for the season you can continue to promote it for the following season. Many renters will shop for the next year in the late season just before they pack up to head home.

You can purchase your ad to run for either six (6) or twelve (12) months. In either option the ad can be left on the list for that period or removed at your discretion.

Features:

  • You have the option for your ad to appear on the site for up to six (6) or twelve (12) months, unless it is removed by you.
  • You may make as many changes to the ad as you wish for as long as it is on the site. This allows you to change the available months when part of the season is rented.
  • Up to six (6) pictures may be uploaded to your ad.
  • Note: If the 5th wheel is being advertised for sale while it is being rented you have the option of placing a for sale ad and get a free rental ad at the same time. (see For Sale Ads section below)

Six (6) Month 'Continuous' Rental Ad - $49.00 USD

Twelve (12) Month 'Continuous' Rental Ad - $69.00 USD

To Place Your Ad ...

  • Click on the button and follow the instructions on the ad form. The ad will appear as soon as you submit it. We will contact you if there are any problems.
  • Choose your payment option and submit (or mail) your payment.
  • If you have any problems or would like us to place the ad for you just let us know.
  • A note about picture size. Pictures can be any dimension but if they exceed 1 MB in size then you may have a problem loading. If your pictures don't load properly then resize them or email them to us to do that for you.

List Trailer for rent

'For Sale' Ads

We are providing the opportunity for you to advertise your 5th wheel on the site until it is sold or for one year, whichever comes first. Hopefully it won't take a year but there are many examples of listings taking a long time to find that right buyer.

We are adding a special feature for those many situations where the 5th wheel is being rented while it is up for sale. If you list your 5th wheel for sale you can also include it in the rental ad listings for no additional cost. There you can advertise the months available and make the changes as you rent part of the season. (see Rental Ads section)

You can manage your own ad for as long as it appears. You are given your own password to go into the ad and simply change it as many times as needed. You can change prices or conditions, add or change pictures, improve the description, and add improvements. This is important as ads that appear for too long become stale, potential buyers begin to assume there must be a problem with that unit that has not sold for long.

Features:

  • Your ad will appear on the site for up to twelve (12) months unless it is sold or removed by you.
  • You may make as many changes to the ad as you wish for as long as it is on the site.
  • If the 5th wheel is being rented while advertised for sale you can also place an ad in the rental section at no additional cost.
  • Up to six (6) pictures may be uploaded to your ad.

Twelve (12) Month 'Continuous' For Sale Ad - $69.00 USD

To Place Your Ad ...

  • Click on the button and follow the instructions on the ad form. The ad will appear as soon as you submit it. We will contact you if there are any problems.
  • Choose your payment option and submit (or mail) your payment.
  • If you have any problems or would like us to place the ad for you just let us know.
  • A note about picture size. The smaller the picture format the better. Especially if you are loading more than a couple pictures. If your pictures don't load properly then resize them or email them to us to do that for you.

List Trailer for sale

'Looking After' that 5th wheel

(Also see the trailer information provided in the section About 5th wheel Trailers)

Already Own a 5th wheel?

This section is designed to assist the park model trailer owner with all those questions related to 5th wheel ownership. We have placed a lot of emphasis on maintenance, repair, and renovation to keep and improve this winter home.

We have searched for sources of good information related to 5th wheel trailers and also have added some advice and tips we have gleaned from the 'more experienced'.

We realize that many readers will already have considerable knowledge and experience with their trailers. But we also need to provide information on the assumption that you are a new owner and wondering what to do next.

To those who already have a lot of experience with their Park Model we would love to hear from you with any advice and tips you feel would help others less experienced.

"Once we bought our park model trailer it was then a challenge to figure out (both) what we had and how to look after it. We found information was lacking and not that easy to find on the web. The process started with a plumbing leak, a swamp cooler that didn't do anything, and a furnace that didn't light.

Good neighbors, the local hardware store, and some experimentation helped solve the problems."

5th wheel Maintenance-Repair-Renovation

Good information on 5th wheels is not easy to find. There are plenty of sources for the traveling RVs and the standard house trailers but little specifically related to 5th wheels.

We were able to find some sites that provide

good advice that applies to all trailers and some that dealt with specific infrastructure that

applies to any home structure.

We also found some experienced owners of park models who were only too willing to share their knowledge and experience. We are most grateful for their advice and have included some of that information in this section.

We will be adding information as it is available. Information is being collected from; a lifelong trailer owner who has 'done it all'; an experienced buyer/seller of 5th wheel homes; and, we will share any of our own experiences and those of others we hear from.

But there is no intent to 'reinvent the wheel'. There are many good professionals who provide good information on their sites and we do not intend to compete with their experience and knowledge.

Some Sites with Trailer Repair Information

Air Conditioning ... Appliances ... Bathrooms ... Doors and Windows ... Electrical ... Heating and Furnaces Kitchen ... Outside ... Painting ... Roofing ... Sinks ... Skirting ... Summerizing ... Swamp Coolers ... Walls

The following sites provide good information on the wide range of trailer maintenance, repair, and renovation:

Mobile Home Repair

Mark at the Mobile Home Repair site has years of experience in doing repairs and remodeling and provides lots of information on a variety of topics related to trailers. He has published a book on mobile home repairs, operates a park, and has been a trailer dealer.

Included on this site is a forum for discussion of mobile home issues.

The Mobile Home Doctor 'how to' advice on trailers

My Great Home 'Fix It' for Mobile Homes

The Family Handyman By Readers Digest

This is a site (rd.com) by the Readers Digest that provides the opportunity to search specific home repair items. Many of those are applicable to Park Model Trailers.

Repair Trailer Roof A section on trailer roof issues from rvforsaleguide.com

Painting Paneling Applies to all those Park Model paneled walls

Painting Tips ... Wallpaper ... Paneling ...More on painting - from the Lowes site

The links provided in this section are only suggested as potential sources of information. There is no recommendation suggested or implied regarding these suppliers and/or information sources.

'Summer-izing' your 5th wheel

Some Tips gleaned from the more 'experienced'

Most of us are used to house maintenance in a very different climate. And we probably have no experience with leaving a residence to sit for many months. There are some things to keep in mind. When preparing your trailer to sit in the summer heat of Arizona it is important to know some basics.

Add some Moisture to the Air

Your trailer will not have much ventilation and it could become pretty hot in there. The climate is extremely dry so you need to consider adding some moisture to the air by providing some evaporation.

One method is to place containers of water
throughout the trailer that can evaporate over the
summer. Using small mouth jugs allows for
slower evaporation to assure they last the
season.

The containers in the picture are after eight months
of vacancy. As you can see they are all just about
half full so 3 gallons of water had evaporated.


Close off those Traps

Those traps below your sinks, bathtub, and in
the toilet are there for a reason. (If you have
ever removed one you will know what I mean)

During the summer the water in the traps is sure
to evaporate and remove their 'plug' value. They
need to be closed off to prevent that from
happening.

plastic wrapso as not to allow evaporation from the bowl and even the tank.

Seal off all the Drains

It is important to seal off all drain openings. Make sure to include all sinks and the bathtub or shower.

A variety of methods are used for this, some
quite creative. One method is to cover the plastic bags filled with water. The bags then take the form of the surface where the drain opening is.

Make sure to use sturdy bags and that they are 100% sealed. We had a couple fail due to careless sealing of the opening.

Use tape to seal the overflows. To be safe you may want to use a better quality moisture - proof tape than the painters tape used here.

Cover all Windows and Patio Door

Wherever possible, windows should be covered to prevent sun damage and reduce internal heat.

Many trailer owners have cut aluminum insulation sheets to fit each window and place them inside the curtains or blinds, or between the window and screen.

A variety of window coverings are seen in the parks come summer. Some simply use cardboard, some appear to be thin plywood. Some trailers with awnings will lower and secure them. But probably the most common are those aluminum sheets cut to fit each each window and the patio door.

They are quite durable and can be used year after year.

Shut off Water and Power Supply

And of course power and water supply lines should be shut off. Shut off power at both your internal breaker and the outside main breaker. Shut furnace thermostat and water heater off.

Some people advise leaving water in the lines to help protect the plastic lines from drying out and plugging.

And when you return it is suggested that you open some taps before turning the water back on and run the hot water for about ten minutes to clean out the hot water tank.

More Inside the Trailer

Clean the fridge and freezer and use fresh coffee set in
dishes to help absorb odors. Some people also like to block
open the doors to keep air circulating.

Clean the grill and oven. Use drain cleaner in kitchen and
bath drains and flush with hot water.

Remove batteries from smoke alarms, clocks, and remotes.

Outside the Trailer

Weeds

Weeds should be sprayed around the trailer. They can grow quite well over the summer and most parks will charge you for dealing with them.

Termites

Termites are another issue in Arizona. Those of us not familiar with these little pests are certainly in for a lesson in determination and (unfortunately) some destruction. It may be a good idea to call in an exterminator to have your unit checked and sprayed.

You can buy termite sprays and do some work yourself but be sure to read the instructions for dealing with these critters. We are told that you can kill termites that are there but to prevent them at all you need to dig trenches or holes in the ground and then soak the ground under the surface. That's where they will come from.

And don't store anything under that trailer unless it is sealed in plastic. That good 2x4 you are saving will be a real attraction.

(You can find good information about termites from the Arizona State office of pest management and search 'termites' for a variety of topics.)

Winds

Arizona does get some good winds and they tend to come in the summer 'monsoon' season. Your trailer can be quite vulnerable so you need to take a walk around to examine anything that could be caught by a good wind. Awnings should be secured down and various trim and other items checked for their security. Also check yard ornaments and outside furniture.

You should do the walk around to see what can best be stored inside the shed or trailer. The less loose things around the better. (And, of course, less tempting should there ever be a breach in security.)

Ants

Ants are another concern. As with other issues, things can happen over time when no one is around for maybe seven or even nine months. Get some ants appearing in your home and you usually catch things before they get out of hand. But when no one is around to 'catch things' they can/will get out of hand.

All about 'Swamp Coolers'
aka 'Evaporative Coolers'

If you care about utility bills and about the environment then don't discount the Swamp Cooler.

Swamp coolers use water evaporation to provide cooling that is then blown by fan throughout the trailer. They are only effective only in hot dry weather. Certainly a reasonable cooling alternative for the desert areas.

"After a bit of searching and asking around we learned about that strange thing on the roof of our old trailer. The Swamp Cooler.

The best explanation I have heard to describe the concept
is to imagine putting on a wet t-shirt on a hot day and then
blowing yourself with a fan. The rapid evaporation of the moisture provides considerable cooling effects".

Swamp coolers became quite out of fashion and almost suggest 'old'. But there may now be some resurgence.

They can be more economical to operate than air conditioners and will save on energy.

They require some regular maintenance but do seem to be quite an affordable means to provide some relief from the heat in earlier fall and later spring.

The following websites provide good information on both the value and use of a swamp cooler and how to maintain and repair them.

Buying and Using a Swamp Cooler - Referenced items on swamp coolers

How I rebuilt my swamp cooler - Experience with a cooler including some links

The Care and Feeding of a Swamp Cooler

How to Fix your Swamp Cooler

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