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Old 10-08-2014, 03:38 PM   #11
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Thanks for all the input. I have mixed feelings. I missed one that "Looked" from pictures and description to be very nice and similar and I asked seller what it sold for and they told me $4500 - ouch. Listed for $6, I would have snapped it up at near that price.

This one did not show water damage but understand the advice given, that the entire interior front maybe needing rebuild. I did see sag on the support structure for the bed, but also it was so lightly constructed it appeared that some of this was just from a pretty poor design and didn't see active rot inside, swelled wood, mold, that sort of thing.

Although he's asking $5900 I'd estimate a good offer might start with a 3 even though it has electric tongue jack, new tires, new microwave, a updated car stereo, working awning, and no dents or other damage, good interior.

However, Bed was horrible up front and bunks also sucked but kids could make do, the chipboard under the mattress had gotten wet and needed replacing. Plus the roof. Backwall of bedroom looked / felt solid as did ceiling as much as these things go. But it might be hiding damage, I know.

I do have a bore-scope sort of tool but with the insulation I doubt I'd see anything. Its a bit over-rated too in most respects but has been handy on a few things.

I wonder if someone who is not handy /or educated on such things may buy it from him (the "greater fool" theory) for a better price.

Jayco sales rep said when we wandered into a new place one time that this was the most popular model, so I guess they will keep showing up and I can be patient.

The inverse opinion is that we have an oil boom going on south of Houston and the roughnecks have been buying all the lower end trailers like crazy and the market is pretty hot, so it will take a fast draw to get one. This was best so far, but I guess I'll have to keep lookign if he's not interested in a lowball price.

My wife is not enthusiastic about another project as I seem to have as many projects as possible going at one time and we're trying to finish assembling a convertible project car that's been ongoing for years in my garage at 90% done. I'm leaning towards not even pursing it, but I was so disappointed as the roof was the last thing I checked and everything else seemed pretty decent.

There was a dirt-bag guy who was selling a dirty, poorly maintained version of this trailer that had missing air vent adjusters, rusty refrigerator, dirty oven, broken table mount, corroded sink drain, dented exterior, original looking tires that needed replacing, etc etc and he wanted $6k, and I overly politely declined to even offer, but he said he was "in the business of buying and selling" and it wouldn't last weekend. But you never know (see greater fool theory)

If I get a wild hair and he hasn't sold it I'll take a picture.

For now I'm dam glad I had a step ladder in my vehicle to check it out!

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Old 10-08-2014, 04:07 PM   #12
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There are so many good used campers on the market I think I would pass. We looked for two years before upgrading what we had. ďLife is not like a box of chocolates.
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Old 10-08-2014, 04:24 PM   #13
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I would take my time and keep looking, there are better fish in the sea. That one could be a can of worms.
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Old 10-08-2014, 04:30 PM   #14
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I think you made the right choice. In time you will find the right one for the right price just keep your eyes open.
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Old 10-08-2014, 05:46 PM   #15
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The closer to Xmas the better the values. But do it before the RV shows in January as people get RV fever....hard to cure...and prices go up.
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Old 10-08-2014, 05:55 PM   #16
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I wouldn't buy anything that had water damage unless you can get it really cheap and you are very handy. You never know how bad the water damage really is. Could be much worse than it appears.
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Old 10-08-2014, 08:30 PM   #17
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DIDO...on looking for 2 years!
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Old 10-08-2014, 08:47 PM   #18
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OP, I don't know how far out you've searched, but perhaps expand your search radius. Up around the Midwest here, camping season is just about over and there usually are lots of folks looking to unload their old trailers.
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Old 11-03-2014, 07:00 AM   #19
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OK...we passed on that trailer I first posted about.

I just looked at one last night. Its roof had not leaked from what I could tell, but was older 2000 era and a little dog had jumped from a deck to the roof and damaged the membrane in the corners of the front.

It was otherwise well maintained, clean. Asking price was $5k


Here is a video I shot of the roof. Only this little area had this problem. There was a section where the top of a thin membrane had little cracks in it and was loose. when I pressed down water came up, you could feel water underneath as shown in video.

I didn't see any roof damage inside and the water seemed to trapped not leaking in, but still I'm concerned.

I was thinking if one was to slit that area so it could be opened up and totally dried out, then use that RV caulk inside the area, push it back down and then also caulk the whole area and smooth it out with a puddy knife.

It also needed a new refrigerator as the old one was replaced with a AC only job w/o latching doors. Tires questionably age but good tread, and the AC control section won't turn it off but it cools just fine - I'm thinking contactor is stuck. He was good with mechanical bits but not electrical.

The upholstery and everything was in good shape.

What do you folks think of my idea to seal the roof and does this look bad?

The wrinkles in the roof membrane are from where he pulled it back to reseal it after the dog messed it up, then he pulled it back down, i guess this wasn't 100% successful appearance wise as there are the wrinkles. Is that bad in itself?

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Old 11-04-2014, 08:48 AM   #20
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bump! Any comments? sorry was so long - winded.

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