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Old 09-28-2014, 08:19 AM   #15
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Old 09-28-2014, 08:47 AM   #16
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Just because it's got some water damage doesn't mean it's junk just beware of what your looking at. It is a good deal if your handy enough to do the repairs yourself, if you have to pay for all repairs start looking for something newer in the long run it will be cheaper. It may also depend on how you plan to use it.

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Old 09-28-2014, 09:43 AM   #17
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No, even if you are capable of doing your own repairs, replacing a roof is a terrible job. If you ever do one, I'd be really surprised to hear you were considering doing another.

That 3000 dollar coach is STILL a 3000 dollar coach when your done....
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Old 09-28-2014, 09:51 AM   #18
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have you climbed up and checked out the roof,,,i always take a ladder and feel around making sure its solid,,,,even a small leak ca turn into a huge job....i know..lol

look under for rusty frame as well.,,and wood rot inside the walls , cabinets, storage bins,etc,etc.

wish u could post us some pix..
this is important information. Some units had little more than lauan plywood on their roofs and walls, and water travels a long way in flat plywood. Get onto the roof and crawl back to front to back (be careful!). You'll be able to feel the soft spots and magic marker their perimeters. Often, the whole darned thing needs to be replaced. At a dealer, about $10,000, and on your own, a royal PITB.
NOTE: you'll need a pole barn or large carport/garage to do this job.

As with old cars, sometimes the most expensive purchase is a low-priced MB or RR.

P.S. some rental stores have moisture meters that would help a LOT.
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Old 09-29-2014, 08:54 AM   #19
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Well I got it for 3k. Everything on it works great. Has a new rooftop ac unit and conv microwave. Well they are a few years old but used just on one trip. Ive cleaned it up and put a couple coats of kool seal on the roof. I walked all over it and its seems fine. Not seen any leaks but we havent had any flooding rains yet. Im taking a lot of the cabinets out now and going to paint them as well as putting laminate flooring down. Just a couple cheap updates. Theres no rust anywhere I can see. I know tires wont be cheap but I think for another 1500 I will be in her right. Hope so anyway...my neighbor will give me 4k for it now just after a good cleaning. It has a screen room for the top and a cover for the rv too.
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Old 09-29-2014, 09:01 AM   #20
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Im gonna use it on some local trips for a while like when my daughter travels for ball. If all is well id like to take it to the beach and maybe out west. Im not expecting a perfect rv, just one that keeps me dry and everything works. I am pretty handy but no way would I attempt to put on a roof! Id put 50 gals of caulk over 20 tarps first. ha
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Old 09-29-2014, 12:55 PM   #21
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So if I want to redo the ceiling where its sagging... is there anything up there to screw to other than the metal framing of the chasis? wood? metal? Besides the luan of course...
Thinking of putting a lightweight flexible hardboard up or similar. Thanks for all of your replies, I can see this site will be my best friend for years to come
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Old 09-30-2014, 01:14 PM   #22
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NM, Im going to staple it near the seams and put a 3" thin piece of laminate to match the floors over the seams. Should turn out ok.
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Old 09-30-2014, 09:15 PM   #23
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Check out the thread Total Rebuid. It can be done. I replaced the sheeting and membrane on our 41 5er and other than my DW helping me get the roll of membrane on the roof I did it by myself. Took a couple weeks but it can be done.

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