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Old 04-18-2013, 11:00 AM   #1
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Hello to all! My family and I have been avid campers for years, especially in the past 3-4 now that our youngest is a bit older. I'm in the military 13 years so we've had a lot of opportunity to go see a lot of things (on the military's dime!). We always check the web to find the best spots to camp everywhere we've been assigned. Even our Disney trip to Florida, we didn't go the hotel route, no sir! We camped at Fort Wilderness for five nights. The last night it rained cats and dogs; a tent, no matter how waterproof you make it, always picks up moisture. Fast forward a couple years and a couple tent trips later, we decided to check the camper route.

After a solid couple months looking online and in person, we might finally have found our camper - 2001 Thor Aero Cub. Asking price is $1500. The original owner upgraded and traded it at a local dealer. No doubt, I could easily finance something newer and grander, but we wanted to buy something "beginner" with cash first before we play against the big leagues.

The Cub is in great shape, except for some slight water damage near the door. I nkow know, ya'll just gasped, but it really doesn't appear that bad. I've read other newbie posts and have a general idea what to look for, e.g., spongy floor, mildew smell, warped wood, etc. Although, I'll take all the advice I can get!

I am mechanically minded; one of my many hobbies include small engine, metal fabrication, electronics and the ever important, v=d/t. I know to check the tires, undercarrage, seams, mattresses, A/C system, fridge for mold, plumming, etc. How far off did I miss the mark? The drive to see the Cub is a bit far,... I don't mind the drive so much but I surely don't want to get lulled by the dealer, only to find something once I get home.

Thanks in advance! I can already tell I'll get plenty of great responses.
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Hi folks! Welcome to IRV2! It's great to have you join the gang!

Congrats on the new "Cub"! Hope it turns out just like you want! It sounds like you've got the skills to do any necessary repairs!

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