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SooperDaddy

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Posted: 11/02/13 11:43am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm not being negative, merely sharing my 30 plus years of RV experience with ya!

The biggest problem depends a lot on the brand of the RV...because some companies take huge cost saving short cuts inside of the walls and under the floors...where you can't see it.

Particle board, luan, wood studs few and far between, the fiberglass insulation inside the walls may be sagging due to getting soaked or rotting. Structural integrity may be gone due to completely rotted wood structural members. Most of this can't be seen at all...you may be able to feel it when you walk on the floor or roof, or feel the "give" in the walls.

You may in fact be "handy", but I'm sure you've heard the description of something being a "money pit". I've seen aluminum sided RV's that have lost their internal structure to the point where nothing in the walls is supporting the rv structure except the aluminum siding itself!

Maybe you should spend aroung $100.00 or a bit more on a SealTech Leak test...it used presurized air inside the rv and soap bubbles outside to detect leak points.

It may be real eye opener and could save you a LOT of headaches!

There are better RV's out there, and it's pretty much a buyers market.


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Deb and Ed M

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Posted: 11/02/13 12:04pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Would Gulf Stream have framed a trailer differently than a motorhome? I'll have to dig around for the literature on our motorhome, but I'm pretty sure it has steel studs and roof rafters? With foamboard insulation and luan plywood as the outer skin?

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Ok, I found literature from 2007, and GS used aluminum framing for the walls and roof. I would imagine that due to the "economies of scale" that they would have used the same construction for trailers, too?

Next week I might try to ask any old-time service techs at my RV dealer if that was the case?

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Try to determine where the water is getting in before making any decisions. If the roof or a window leaks and water is running down the walls that would be a deal breaker at any price. Even with a properly equipped shop and experience it will be a money pit and good trailers are plentiful.
We bought one with water damage but it is along the floor/wall seam in the nose. The roof and walls appeared sound, we got it cheap enough that we felt we could take a chance. I opened up the floor and front wall this morning, it is repairable. If the ceiling and walls had been bubbled I would have passed on it.

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Hi Deb and Ed,

Run, don't walk, away.


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Deb and Ed M wrote:

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?
Surely you don't mean the 'rest' of its life. You mean one month, every so often?

Because if you mean what you literally said, then that IS insane.

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Run! There are a lot of trailer for sale. Mold that accompanies dry rot is very bad for your health. The problem will be much worst than what you can see without tearing into it.

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Tap everywhere on the ceiling and walls with your knuckle...a clear rap sound is good wood...a dull thud means there is water damage in that area. Step hard all over the floor to find any spongy areas, which means damage...then decide!


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Take your "savy" friend and a ladder. Do a real close inspection, take the light off and see if you can verify your thoughts. Your friend will have a more objective uninvolved view. Weigh the pros and cons closely.

I bought a popup TC with damage that was contained in the top. I fixed it took one trip in it and sold it for a profit. It was the perfect RV for our Alaska trip. Shoot and scoot for 13,000 miles.

The 5er I have now was bought on Ebay as a repo. Checked it out before bidding. Had some problems, we've fixed and modified it to fit our needs.

So it comes down to your skills, time and MONEY. It's your money so you get to decide.


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Posted: 11/02/13 03:41pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Buying a trailer with a known problem at a good price and repairing it yourself does not sound insane to me. Buying the trailer, repairing it and using it for one month does, unless you think you can make a profit on it later. I'm sure you could rent a house in Florida for a month for less money than what your talking about.

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