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Old 10-15-2017, 08:46 AM   #1
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Buying Hail Damaged TT from Dealership?

Dealership: Camping World in Mesquite, TX
Trailer: 2017 Jayco Jayflight SLX 284BHSW

While looking at travel trailers yesterday, we came across a Jayco yesterday that had our favorite layout. We have honestly never considered getting an aluminum siding but the price is under our budget! It's a 2017 Jayco Jayflight SLX 284BHSW. It has a lot of small little dents from hail damage on one side and the front. They wanted 22k for it but I offered 17k and they accepted. They told me the title is good and is not totaled or salvaged, I am unsure if they claimed it, comes with a warranty on the roof, and the unit will still come with Jayco's 2 year warranty. They also said it came with the Good Sam Elite package which I assume is some kind of roadside assistance program.

Only reason I am considering this is because we don't want to spend more than 20k on a trailer and we were going to settle for a floor plan that we would have to eventually upgrade from in 5-10 years when our kids would outgrow a single bunk bed but with this TT, we could plan on keeping it a long time (10+ years).

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Old 10-15-2017, 09:03 AM   #2
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Congratulations and welcome to the forum.

Our alum sided Jay Flight has small dents on all 4 sides from 1 storm. No roof, skylight, or window damage so no water intrusion. We happily took the insurance company $$ and kept our trailer. It wasn't totaled.

In our opinion, the dents are small and when we are ready to sell the trailer, the dents won't matter much if at all because of how fast RVs depreciate. And when it storms now, we have no worries about hail dents in the siding.

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Old 10-15-2017, 09:03 AM   #3
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Go for it! Siding always can be replaced if you wish someday.
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Old 10-15-2017, 09:08 AM   #4
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You should be able to squeeze more out of them for a damaged unit. The MSRP on that TT is $25,500, normal 30% discount would put you at $18k for a new undamaged TT. Are they letting it go out the door for 17k, or still adding Delivery, PDI, Tax, Plates, Etc.
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Old 10-15-2017, 09:09 AM   #5
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In some cases hail damage can be more then just cosmetic, especially around the roof area...., I would personally inspect the roofing material "very" carefully, because hail damage isn't covered under the roofing manufacture's material 10 year warranty.

Hail damage could also mean hidden moisture damage...., look for signs of exterior/interior moisture intrusion (stains, dimples on interior wall surface, cracked skylight covers, vents, etc.). Look for signs that the axles/frame may have been exposed to flooding (recent Texas floods). Look for signs of repair.

Review Jayco's owners manual in respect to owner responsibilities and terms/conditions of warranty.


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Old 10-15-2017, 09:17 AM   #6
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Don't worry, they claimed it and bought it back for penny's. Read the reviews of camping world before you make that offer. On a new one with no damage you can buy at 30% off easy.
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Old 10-15-2017, 09:25 AM   #7
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If you can get an out the door price of $17000 and the roof looks ok and doesn't leak it might be worth it. If you develop a leak a year down the road and take it in I'm sure jayco won't cover it under warranty due to hail damage.

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Old 10-15-2017, 09:30 AM   #8
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Good points above. I would also get quotes on a new identical unit from online dealers such as Rv One or Keystone RV center. Once you know what a new one can be had for, with hail damage I would offer several thousand less. You can have a quote in a few hours via email.
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Old 10-15-2017, 09:32 AM   #9
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Around here everyone gets hit with hail eventually. I wouldn't worry about it too much as long as the roof is in good shape.
No idea of that's a good deal or not. I'm not up to speed on discounts.
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Old 10-15-2017, 09:43 AM   #10
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I also think the price drop is not enough. Our hail damage which was just cosmetic, visible if you look for it. Ended up with a check for about 6,000 $ for a $14,000 unit.

BUT, remember that if insurance paid on the hail damage you may not be able to get paid if there is future damage to the same area. Especially if it is noted on the title.

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