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Old 01-01-2006, 05:24 PM   #1
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Does anyone have advice they can share dealing with the purchase of a used travel trailer in Texas? After 8 months and looking at about 50 travel trailers I bought a 2004 Fleetwood Wilderness 27' from a dealer on thursday last week. Saturday we took it out for the first time and during set-up the bottom support for the awning fell out. Upon closer inspection after removing the vapor barrier on the bottom of the trailer, large pieces of rotten wood fell out. The entire lower skirt support brace is rotten. While looking at the unit I inspected the roof, ceiling, walls, floor, and bottom of the trailer and found no evidence of any leaks also their was no odor from mold. I can't tell if the leak is from the tub just above it are from the roof. I'm not sure if legally I can get any help from the dealer either. It's Sunday night so I have not called them yet.
ANY INPUT WOULD BE APPRECIATED. THANKS
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Old 01-01-2006, 05:24 PM   #2
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Help,
Does anyone have advice they can share dealing with the purchase of a used travel trailer in Texas? After 8 months and looking at about 50 travel trailers I bought a 2004 Fleetwood Wilderness 27' from a dealer on thursday last week. Saturday we took it out for the first time and during set-up the bottom support for the awning fell out. Upon closer inspection after removing the vapor barrier on the bottom of the trailer, large pieces of rotten wood fell out. The entire lower skirt support brace is rotten. While looking at the unit I inspected the roof, ceiling, walls, floor, and bottom of the trailer and found no evidence of any leaks also their was no odor from mold. I can't tell if the leak is from the tub just above it are from the roof. I'm not sure if legally I can get any help from the dealer either. It's Sunday night so I have not called them yet.
ANY INPUT WOULD BE APPRECIATED. THANKS
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Old 01-01-2006, 07:59 PM   #3
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Caveat Emptor I think that's the correct spelling. Sorry you found expensive problems after the sale. The only remedy to you now is the benevolence of the seller, hopefully your contract include a limited warranty? If not, your expertize with carpenter tools is your last option.
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Old 01-02-2006, 07:15 AM   #4
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Chris, Ray is right, unless you have a warranty from the dealer or the state you bought it in has some consumer protection laws, you are on your own. In terms of finding the leak it is probably the tub - esp if it is one of the multi piece types that requires seam caulking.
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Chris D:
Sorry to hear about your purchase issue. One service that is becoming more popular is an RV Inspection service similar to a home inspection. This envolves paying someone a fee (sometimes hundreds of dollars) to look at the unit and look for what you're describing, in addition to other issues such as functional items.

Now, in defence of the dealership, they may not have known of the damage if it was hidden as you describe. Most dealerships do not examine the coaches all that closely when they come in on trade. Also, it is an 04 model, which means it is still pretty new, so the dealership wouldn't have a 'reason' to look into it.

I work for a large dealership and prep a large number of used coaches for sale. I not only go over the functionality of the unit, but look for water damage or anything else that could be wrong. After all, the previous owner traded it in for a reason.

Again, good luck.
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Chris,
I am a realist and think the traders new what they were trading in. I would like to think that the dealer was unaware of the problem as I think most dealers dont do proper inspections on used RV's. On that note I would take the RV to the dealer and show them the problem as it has only been a week or so that you bought it. AS IS is AS IS but a dealer with some concience would at least point you in the right directions or even help you out. You will KNOW if they knew by the way they act if you are any reader of body language. Dont stop with the johnny salesman. Demand to see whoever you have to see to get the right answer. Tough but its not a cheap fix. I know how you feel as I am weary of all saleman. I purchased a 2000 crossroads awhile back and have had minimal problems. Luckily hidden in the drawer was the previous owners name who has been more than helpful with any operator problems I have had. Thank someone for internet people search.
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As the others have said, if you bought it "As Is" then you got it As Is. I would hope that the manufacture may help out if they have a 2 year warranty on their products, of course that is usually only to the original owner, but they may help.
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