Bought a 1987 Coleman Columbia... now what?

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  1. deeky

    deeky New Member

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    Greetings all! My wife and I (and our kiddo) were looking for a pop up that could be towed by our Subaru Forester. An older Coleman popped up on FB marketplace here in central PA, and the combination of condition and weight (990 pounds!) was too good to pass up.

    I guess I'd like to know what to do initially to make sure everything is solid and goes well for our first trip. We are expecting rainstorms tomorrow, so I have it popped up (will pull it further out of the garage, needed wheel chocks) to spot leaks/problem areas. I also plan on replacing the tires and getting a new spare.

    What else should be done for a camper with unknown maintenance? Roof sealant? Lubricate any bearings/tracks?

    Any help or advice is appreciated. Happy to join your ranks!
     

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    Clean and repack wheel bearings. Clean and grease the whiffletree (roof lifting mechanism.).
     
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    Thanks for the warm welcome. Normally I would just go camping and see what I need as it comes, but a 3 year old and a 7 months pregnant wife require more planning than normal lol!

    I did order some tires/wheels and plan on repacking the bearings while I'm switching those out. Also looking into replacing the propane regulator and hose because they are ancient. There seem to be a lot of regulator options out there so time to do some research!
     

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