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Old 01-21-2016, 07:19 PM   #21
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My point of view is I'm more put off by dealers than private parties on a used unit. Often, the dealers just don't care about the condition, particularly on consignment units, until they sell it and then they want to get rid of you as soon as possible so any problems missed are on your back. Yes, there are exceptions.

Whether dealer or private, it is all about documented history and inspections/verifications. And the dealers have to build profit into it and often low ball on the trade in.

The right private party or dealer, with you armed with price/value/actual condition/deal timing knowledge might cut you a good deal.

Both can sell you a lemon if you are blinded by your dreams and lack of knowledge.
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Old 01-22-2016, 12:08 PM   #22
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Both can sell you a lemon if you are blinded by your dreams and lack of knowledge.
Agreed. Never hurts to look into something though. Only way to know if it truly is garbage.
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Old 01-22-2016, 03:15 PM   #23
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Shop the private owner market for something that meets your needs. If you buy new at a Dealer, shoot for at least 30% off sticker price. My last purchase in 2010 went like this: Invoice/Sticker loaded with fluff--$32,500.00, Dealer cost--$19,303.00, my cost out the door including Tax,Tags--$20,484.00. Note: One of the Dealers staff mistakenly faxed me a copy of the invoice with the cost price penciled in. Tax, Tags & Fees cost the dealer in excess of $400.00 The unit is a 2009 and I purchased it in Feb 2010 so the 2011's were out already. Just remember until you sign the dotted line, you are in control and they really ain't your friends.
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Old 01-23-2016, 11:31 AM   #24
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I went and had a look at the unit. Its definitely used, but its not trashed. It was kept up well.

I crawled all around as much as i could with my arm in a sling. No rust, no damage, no water leaks to speak of. (we have had near constant rain here for a month and a half) we didnt test the plumbing or anything else.

The upsides: this unit will last me awhile if i plan to get it. it has plenty of space for my kiddos, and it even gives us adults the ability to separate their noise so we can sit and drink our vodka in peace. it also has space for me to install a generator, and carry extra gear for other activities. Lastly, its appears to be in decent shape, so continuing on with good yearly maintenance activities should see this unit last me a long time.

the downside: Its HUGE compared to my current old eagle. i cant reach the ceiling in this thing! guess that's the difference in a bunkhouse and a standard. i would have another house payment. This year doesn't look to be a good year with my older family, and i may not get to fully enjoy the unit as much as i would like.

I ran another NADA value for it. as RodgerS said, the base values are low. I optioned it out as it sits at the lot and now its showing $37,850.

I really don't want to make another mistake with this. I REALLY want a good deal, for a fifth that will hold up down the road. I do understand that i may need to "pay to play" I appreciate blunt criticizim...
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Another update, I'll post pics later...

For the moment I'm not pursuing a new unit. I will be doing repairs to my current unit, regardless of how far the damage goes.

I have removed the middle cabinet and upper sheeting inside the bedroom and got access to the roof sheets. The immediate area that's leaking is the nose cap to roof join point. After poking at it, i was able to poke through the old luan panel, but not the rubber roof itself. The rafters so far are solid, but very wet.

I got an Elements cover a few weeks back and got it installed, but it appears to be leaking water! Determined this by working on the unit while it was raining earlier today. (it could possibly be water caught between the wood and rubber roof, but after dumping my 2 5 gallon buckets while full twice, that doesn't seem likely...) $423 for a $%@# cover that doesn't work and isn't returnable is aggravating. It also aggravating that I can't find the manufactures website to start a warranty claim...
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Old 02-06-2016, 09:02 AM   #26
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Covers are rarely water PROOF. Most are used more to protect the roof and sides from sun damage.
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Interesting... i figured it would have something. I asked a camping world associate if its water resistant and she pipped off "yes" before i finished my sentence.

So would adding a tarp above the cover be a safe thing to do?
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Short term you could use a tarp. But I would not use it long term because a tarp will not "breath" as where a cover will. In other words a tarp will hold water under it. Hope that makes sense .
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I understand 100%.

Anyway, Pictures!





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So, we had some good weather, so it was time to attack.


First i got the bottom end gutted. The bottom side structure looks good, and is still solid, though a bit wet. minor rust on the steel, so ill get that with POR15.

But the roof, well... previous owner had a repair done, and they used crap fiberboard and did not resecure the nosecap to ANY structure what so ever. Overtime, the rubber roof, board, and aluminum seperated, creating a GIANT gap that let massive amounts of water in. So we removed the "repair", installed a new rafter that attached to the exisiting one, cut a new piece of luan board, and resecured the nose cap and rubber roof. We are awaiting a little rain tonight to test it out.



I also was able to finish removing the forward wall interior paneling, and found maybe one piece of wood that is soft and rotting. We think we can repair that in place...

More to come.
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