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Old 10-07-2014, 11:17 PM   #1
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Help with Jayco used purchase


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?

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Old 10-08-2014, 05:13 AM   #2
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Sounds like you are pretty handy with a tool belt so make them an offer and fix it up right!

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Old 10-08-2014, 05:22 AM   #3
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I would run personally but if that is what you can afford go ahead. I wouldn't want to have much money in it knowing there are water issues.

Water can and will run a lot further than what you may see. It could have major floor issues as well and I wouldn't want anymore than a couple of thousand in it.
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Old 10-08-2014, 05:48 AM   #4
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I would go for it myself because it sounds like a fairly easy fix. I would tackle this project the same way you are. At 5-6K you won't have that much into it and you'll get many years of enjoyment out of it.
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Old 10-08-2014, 07:07 AM   #5
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Do you know for sure if the roofing under the rubber is solid? Any time you look at one and have questions snap a pic and post it up. A picture is worth a thousand words sometimes and would help show what we are talking about.
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Old 10-08-2014, 07:17 AM   #6
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I guess to me it would depend on how much you are paying for it, and how much you are going to spend repairing it. Keeping in mind that you will probably never be able to get what you put into it, back out of it down the road. If you plan on keeping it for a long time yourself and keeping it up, may well be worth it. Just remember, if there is water damage on the roof, that water has probably seeped everywhere. You also said there where soft spots on the floor. Make sure you check for soft spots on the front and side walls near the front. I would suspect at least one of those areas may be damaged also. Water damage is one of the worst enemies of recreational vehicles.
If you are as handy as you seem, it may just be a very worthwhile project. Be sure to keep us posted with pictures to follow your progress if possible.
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Old 10-08-2014, 07:31 AM   #7
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Only question so far is if there is additional, unscene, damage under the roof. You can use Eternabond to seal the room seam when/if you do the roof patch/repair.
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Old 10-08-2014, 09:03 AM   #8
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I don't have a lot of experience with it, but I have read MANY accounts of people who do. If it were me, I would be worried about the entire front end being rotted out. If the roof leaked at the front seam, and the floor is soft, the walls could be complete mush. You could end up having to take out the entire front of the trailer from the roof to the frame to replace rotted wood framing and insulation in the walls. IIRC, there are a couple guys on here doing a similar project replacing walls and such. If you are as handy as it sounds like you are, this might not be a big deal for you, but I would prepare myself for it. If I didn't have to replace any walls on that trailer, I would consider myself VERY lucky.

It's been stated before, the water damage you can see from the outside is likely only a fraction of the true damage. Most of the situations I've read about like yours are a bit like peeling an onion, it just keep going and going; once you pull off that roof (the first layer) and get a look at the inside, you could find a much bigger problem than you thought.

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Old 10-08-2014, 09:29 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by nbhybrid View Post
I would run personally but if that is what you can afford go ahead. I wouldn't want to have much money in it knowing there are water issues.

Water can and will run a lot further than what you may see. It could have major floor issues as well and I wouldn't want anymore than a couple of thousand in it.
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Old 10-08-2014, 09:36 AM   #10
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If it were me, I'd pass and keep looking. Patience is your best friend. We bought our '04 hybrid for $6K at a dealership in almost-perfect condition. We have a camping buddy who always buys used in the $5K-6K range over the past 20 years, usually in the 26-30' range, and finds them in good condition too....

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