What should I look for in a used tent trailer?
I'm looking to purchase a used tent trailer for a summer vacation to Yellowstone, Spokane and the Oregon Coastline. We are a family of 5 (2 adults, 2 teens, and a 7-year-old) and will be towing it with a Honda Pilot. My DH said we need to restrict our total towing capacity to 3,500 lbs. If possible, we'd like to put a hitch on it so we can attach our 4-bike bike rack. I'd don't want to spend more than $4-5K max. though will if we need to to get the features we want.
Given that, what features are must haves, nice to have, or don't need.
I'm leaning towards the ones with the front storage compartments as we'll be heading into bear country and I don't want to have to store all our gear/food/etc. in the Pilot since we'll need that space for compfortable seating.
What should I look out for when we are looking at used trailers?
What is a cassette toilet? Some mention a Porta-Potty others a cassette toilet.
Is the shower any good? Does anyone use an outdoor shower at a campground or is that more for wilderness camping?
How much propane/water storage capacity do I need?
What type of batteries and/or generator?
What are the best brands? I'm thinking Coleman or Fleetwood.
How old should it be for my price range? Many on my CL are in the 2000, 2001 range. I didn't feel comfortable going older than that.
How do I determine what is a fair price? Every ad I see seems to list a different make, model, year or options so it's hard to compare one with another.
Is it worth it to go with a dealer or better to find something on Criagslist?