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Old 03-30-2015, 12:21 AM   #1
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Are Water Stains A Deal-Breaker?

Hello, I'm interested in purchasing a 1994 Layton Skyline 5th wheel that has two slide outs. I will be living in this full-time and have a few concerns that maybe someone with more experience can chime in on. I have a small budget of $5000 for the trailer/5th wheel, with that said, I know I am going to have to settle for something that could very well be funky and old, I am willing and ready for Some repairs but nothing extensive like structural damage.

QUESTION: Are water stains a deal-breaker???? When walking into this trailer there are definitely some water stains on the ceiling. No evidence of water down the walls, in cabinets, or flooring as far as I could tell. The owner said they're just stains and that the roof has been redone and all repairs made (the roof looked new). Is there any way I can tell for MYSELF if there is damage to the frame, mold, things like that?

I have an RV inspector that's going to check it out but we all know how that can go, making up unnecessary repairs to finagle more money out of newbies like myself.

Any input would be greatly appreciated
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Old 03-30-2015, 08:14 AM   #2
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I would ask a friend who has a 5th wheel to take a look at it also. 21 years of use and......abuse can take its toll. Was is stored inside? If not, was it covered? Replacing a roof is not cheap....even if you do it yourself. Water stains mean that there is a leak somewhere. Is this from a dealer or individual? How many owners in 21 years? Lots of questions to ask.

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When you say "living in it full-time" does that mean in one spot or traveling?
If you are handy, and you budget is limited, you may have to settle for some downsides such as this. If it will be in one spot, can you construct a bare-bones cover? If you don't mind some cosmetic blems, then Eternabond can really be a friend in fixing leaks.
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If you find one with water stains be sure to check for soft spots in the floor below where the stains are. Also push on the wall where the water would run down.You will know if there is or was a leak and the structure is rotted.
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I wouldn't buy an RV with water stains from anyone. Hope you can find a good one.
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I have had two trailers with water damage. First one, I had to remove the entire ceiling, a lot of the old wood/cellulose insulation, replace several roof trusses and put on a new interior ceiling and roof. That one, I knew what I was getting into and got it for a bargain - also had an energetic son who liked to fix things to help me.
The second was our last 5th wheel - we bought it new, but it developed a leak in the rubber roof that I could never find. It wasn't severe, but would soak the insulation above the ceiling, seep through a joint in the ceiling panel and drip on the counter. I kept a towel there, and there was never any damage to the floor. It was that way when we sold it.
I think if you are on a limited budget and can determine the extent of the damage - and are handy and willing to do some work to repair/replace it, go ahead. I would also echo the idea of trying to make sure there are no soft spots in the floor - both outside and inside cabinets.
If you think it's too severe, pass on that unit and keep looking.

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Old 03-30-2015, 01:54 PM   #7
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Water stains on ceiling is indicative of roof problems and yes..I would run away from such an offer.
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1water stains

run don't walk, think mold.

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Originally Posted by sprayman View Post
run don't walk, think mold.

Exactly what I was thinking.
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We have a water stain on the ceiling. It has never had a leak though. The ac pulled condensate in thru the ducts. Finally replaced ac because we couldn't stop it. So all water stains is not leaks.
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You said the owner said they are just stains. Something caused them and he likely knows or should tell you he bought it that way and it's not been a problem. To me the owner is not being up front and honest about whatever caused the stains. That would be a deal breaker for me. Keep looking, there are lots of good quality 5th wheels out there and up front, honest people.
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I would get a quote for redoing the roof and deduct half of that from your offer. You will have a good roof for a long time and a rv you like

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