We are new to TT and I have researched a bit and looked about 6 different used trailers, all bumper pull 28ish jobs that fit our use. We are not looking for a new one, and my area has a plethora of used stuff, although I'm finding the buyers also abundant and many beat up. OK, on to the question:
I found a 03 model Jayco and it looked great, it had new tires, clean exterior, interior was not worn out, the doors and bathroom intact and clean, basically really well cared for. But being conservative, I had brought a ladder along and inspected the roof of the trailer. Oh oh... The roof on the TT has a membrane top, which is good from what I understand, but apparently this one came loose during a tow in the front edge and damaged the front 3' or so in a big upside down "V" if you were standing at the front edge of the roof. THere was a lunar surface type repair on this area and thick layers of tape looking stuff and it looked like a poor repair job.
Question, I have tried YouTube and what not, I realize I can replace the ENTIRE roof but since its just the front, I was wondering if this problem was easily fixed. I think from poking around I may have to replace a little of the thin wood in that section, or possibly just a recovering would work. It was soft feeling. The ceiling in the TT was generally pretty good but did look somewhat (just barely noticable) saggy in that front bedroom section, but most of the ones I've seen have had some sag just from age and the price range I'm looking at (5-6k).
I was thinking just get a 5' section of that roofing material and then remove old front section, repair wood if needed, then recover it. Seal the front and then at the rear seam use a terminating strip screwed into a wood bow and caulked up like crazy.
One additional bit info, I'm able bodied and very very handy with stuff, I've built furniture and race cars, rebuilt homes electrical/wood frame/plumbing etc. I saw a video on how you can install new Dicor rolled roof and seal it up with a terminating strip on each end, and the side moldings.
I am not sure how much this affects the value of the trailer...all used in the range have issues. This one was by far, the most well cared for. The refrigerator was ice cold and clean inside and out. The oven was clean. A brand new microwave was installed when the old one died. It has hookup stuff included. The only issues I could find elsewhere were the front bed platform needed a new plywood top and some pretty minor (for me) rework of the wood support and floor area, AND the windows seemed to have lost the rubber seals which seems to be a common problem and even the ones that were intact had gaps and were crappy seals to begin with.
Should I offer on this, one, or run away?