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Old 05-29-2014, 12:10 PM   #1
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New Member, considering a 1996 Jayco Eagle SL-240


I am seriously considering buying a 1996 Jayco Eagle SL-240 from a friend of a friend for $4200. From the pics and her description, it looks very well taken care of, and she has all the manuals that came with it (not sure if she is the first owner or not). She says it has no leaks and everything works.

Just wondering what things I should look for that perhaps she overlooked? I heard that all RV's and trailers should be "sealed", or maybe that means having the seals re-done every 1-2 years. I have to drive 5 hours to see this thing and I want to make sure I know what to look for and ask about. Like, what parts tend to wear out? Have they been replaced?

This is my first trailer purchase and I am really excited, and it looks like it is a good deal, but I want to make sure I don't screw it up Any help would be greatly appreciated, and I'll report back my experience.



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Old 05-29-2014, 01:37 PM   #2
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Many things to look for. Most important imo is the roof seams and seals. Look outside at all the caulked seams and inspect inside for discoloration and soft paneling which would indicate past or present leaks. walk it over and look for soft spots in the floor.
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Old 05-29-2014, 04:12 PM   #3
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Very nice. We just bought the 97 Eagle in my sig, and are selling our 99 eagle both of which have the steel roof and aluminum sideing. In the 90s time frame I think there is a much better chance of having a "steel" roof and aluminum sideing. IMO those are much longer lasting and require much less maintenance. I would still feel around (poke) the walls and celing and look also for soft spots in the floors. Make sure everything works as it should (although the fridge will take about 24 hours to tell if its working) and ask the seller lots of questions. I hope it all works out for you! Dave
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Old 05-30-2014, 12:12 AM   #4
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Have them fill the holding tanks and the water tank so you can check for plumbing leaks. Check under the cabinets for moisture damage as well as soft spots in the floor. If it has a wood frame check where the siding comes close to the frame on the front and rear. If the siding seems to be wrinkling you have soft wood.
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Old 05-30-2014, 01:34 PM   #5
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Thanks very much for the replies! Going to pick it up tomorrow.
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