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Old 04-18-2012, 08:40 PM   #1
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Looking at buying a 5th wheel with known Dry Rot

Hey, im knew to the forum but not new to camping.

Looking at buying a 5th wheel. Done tones of looking around and found a few different ones that meet my needs and prices.

I found what would be a good deal, its allready a decent price but the owners told me theres dry rot in the one slide. Ive asked him for some more info and pictures on dry rot so when I know how much or get a picture ill post it.

Its located 8 hours from me but I got a buddy whos a trailer dealer who lives there (enclosed/horse/stock trailers) and he said he could get his mechanic to give it a go threw if I was serious about the trailer before I drive all they way.

With all that said any tips or advice to looking at or buying a trailer with known dry rot? For the right price is it a decent idea or something to stay away from?

Any input or advice is appreciated.



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Old 04-18-2012, 08:48 PM   #2
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IMHO, run away from this deal. If the dry rot on the side wall is visible, there is probably a lot more that you can't see before you tear the wall out. You are looking at a very big project to remove/replace the rotted out wall.

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Old 04-18-2012, 09:56 PM   #3
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Id think real hard oh it i redone a front wall that had dry rot ill never do that again

Id think real hard on that one itook that job on never again alot of work i just kept on finding more dry rot

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Old 04-18-2012, 10:58 PM   #4
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I would say it all depends. Our fiver had dry rot that I detected a few months after we bought it. With a lot of hard work I removed the rotted wood, replaced it with new wood and attached it with screws and glue instead of staples. I had to redo the rear wall, front wall, and the entire skirt below the floor line. The rig is actually better than it was when it left Jayco's factory in 1995.

With any recreational vehicle with wood components, it's not a question of if it has dry rot, the older the rig the better the chances that it does. But if you're fairly handy, the rig has aluminum siding, and you can find a dry and warm place to work, you can fix it and make desired improvements while you have the skin off the rig. I added TV cabling and wiring for additional light fixtures and a Fantastic Vent.
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Old 04-19-2012, 05:52 PM   #5
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In this day and age, there are lots of rigs out there. Think I'd pass on this one.
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Old 04-19-2012, 11:49 PM   #6
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Purchase price, verses repair cost, verses value after repairs. It all depends on the extent of the damage, and how much it will take to make it right. Sometimes a fixer-upper is bargain, other times a money pit. Without lookimng at, it's a tough call. Check out www.delamrepair.com for repair options.
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Old 04-20-2012, 06:26 PM   #7
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If you can see dry rot...what's there that you cannot see?
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Old 04-20-2012, 11:32 PM   #8
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Thanks for the input.

Yea ive been leaning away from it, buddy selling it wont tell me how much there is or send me a picture...so somethings fishy and im moving on

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