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Old 08-02-2014, 11:16 PM   #1
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Going to look at a Winnebago

Last minute but i am going to look at an 88 Winnebago Elandan 37RQ for a good friend that is currently deployed in Afghanistan but wants to be ready for some vacationing when he returns. The pictures make it appear to be in excellent condition. says it has brand new carpet and custom paint. I am very mechanically inclined, build custom offroad race vehicles for a living, and i am familiar with RVs and trailers as im an avid camper but im just looking for any specifics to this model or type that i should look at. Ive never layed a hand on a Class A RV, only class Cs, trailers and truck campers. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.
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Delaminated exterior skin or interior paneling (wall and ceiling) would eliminate further inspection if I were looking at it. Delaminated skin will appear as a largish bubble, easiest to spot while looking down the sides, but not so easy when looking straight at them. Easy to make a coach with this issue look good in pics. Either problem (inside or outside) are signs of water intrusion and a level of rot that often include mold. There is a distinct smell to these coaches that is difficult to mask.

If you can find no traces of water intrusion, then go ahead with your inspection. What you'll likely find is that half or more that you look at won't pass this first check...

Regarding repair of this issue, most find it more than what the coach is worth. It's the number one cause for scrapping an RV.
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