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Deb and Ed M

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Posted: 11/02/13 10:05am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Would you willingly buy an RV with water damage if the price was right?

Hubby and I own a 2004 Gulf Stream Class C which has served us faithfully; but now we're pondering going south with our 3 dogs to escape some winter, and since we need a big towing vehicle for our work anyway, we thought a 5th wheel with a big slideout would be more spacious than our non-slide C for extended stays (and would still be tons cheaper than upgrading to a slideout motorhome).

Today we looked at a very nice 2004 28' bunkhouse with a floor plan I LOVE. Everything appears to be in good condition: it's clean and not stained or mildewed - BUT - when I went to push on a bubble in the wallpaper in the back bunk area; my fingers went right through. Clearly, there's been a leak for long enough to rot away the luan plywood at that point (I'm guessing the leak is in a marker light?). The wallpaper is also wrinkled along the front side of the master bedroom, although the wall behind it is still solid.

The 5th wheel has the ribbed aluminum siding, so we can't see the extent of water damage. There was no ladder, so we couldn't take a look at the roof.

I'm a pretty handy girl when it comes to fixing stuff; and I have an RV-savvy mechanic at my disposal, too, who ironically owns this same model. I'm hoping we could buy this for less than $5k - and probably spend less than $2k to do the repairs and buy it a fresh set of tires. All we need this 5er to do, is go down the road to somewhere warm for a month; then come back. And it will live the rest of its life stored indoors.

Are we insane?

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Posted: 11/02/13 10:11am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I wouldn't buy it, but I'm not a handyman either. If you can see the total extent of the water damage that would be good. Mold is nothing to mess with.

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I would bring it to a shop to estimate the repairs and then do my calculations.


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Posted: 11/02/13 10:32am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

danoren wrote:

I would bring it to a shop to estimate the repairs and then do my calculations.


Can't do that - we don't have a hitch yet. Actually, we don't have a truck yet, either - but since we're a used car dealer, getting a truck is easy-peasy.

I'm certainly not afraid to cut out a section between "studs" (from the inside); then replace the foam and luan plywood and wallpaper over it. It's in the space on the rear wall, between the bottom bunk and the upper bunk. The RV doesn't smell musty - and I have a good nose for that sort of stuff.

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Deb and Ed M wrote:

danoren wrote:

I would bring it to a shop to estimate the repairs and then do my calculations.


Can't do that - we don't have a hitch yet. Actually, we don't have a truck yet, either - but since we're a used car dealer, getting a truck is easy-peasy.

I'm certainly not afraid to cut out a section between "studs" (from the inside); then replace the foam and luan plywood and wallpaper over it. It's in the space on the rear wall, between the bottom bunk and the upper bunk. The RV doesn't smell musty - and I have a good nose for that sort of stuff.


What happens when you open it up and find that it is not contained to the area you thought and you need to pull the bunks out and start repairing from the floor to ceiling?? And the cost of the repairs start to exceed your estimate???? Just asking!

I would not undertake that task and I consider myself hand also!!!!!!!


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Poppy & Nana wrote:

Deb and Ed M wrote:

danoren wrote:

I would bring it to a shop to estimate the repairs and then do my calculations.


Can't do that - we don't have a hitch yet. Actually, we don't have a truck yet, either - but since we're a used car dealer, getting a truck is easy-peasy.

I'm certainly not afraid to cut out a section between "studs" (from the inside); then replace the foam and luan plywood and wallpaper over it. It's in the space on the rear wall, between the bottom bunk and the upper bunk. The RV doesn't smell musty - and I have a good nose for that sort of stuff.


What happens when you open it up and find that it is not contained to the area you thought and you need to pull the bunks out and start repairing from the floor to ceiling?? And the cost of the repairs start to exceed your estimate???? Just asking!

I would not undertake that task and I consider myself hand also!!!!!!!


Then bring someone to your place.

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Google "RV Water Damage" and check it out. Plenty of eye-opening examples.


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I wouldn't risk it,and I am very "handy."

You know about the problem BUT you do NOT know the extent of the damage, or the cost to repair. It could be just a little, or a whole lot of damage!


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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xx0SPexRHgo

Watch this video before you decide.

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OK - armed with You Tube videos and gobs of online images, I'm going to try to look at the 5er one more time before we start negotiating.....

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