The dealer closed in 15 minutes. If I was looking he had better keep it open while I finish looking. He better pull out a ladder and let me look on top. I agree we all want this to be a perfect RV for you. But with that said, your going to have a lot of down time while its in the shop. Did you talk to the shop prior to buying to see how much to have repaired. Buyer Beware, and I don't think you did.
I thought more people would have been excited that I found a good deal and a nice trailer. I probably should have spent more time checking the extent of the damage, the underbelly is enclosed so I couldn’t look at the frame and didn’t have a ladder to check the roof. I was also in a rush and only had 15 minutes to do my inspection before they closed. Hope it’s an easy fix, I will post pictures when I pick it up next week.
Considering that you are getting a deal of 1/2 price, I honestly think your best bet would have been to not sign any papers or seal any deals until you had more than 15 mins for an inseciption. That isn't even long enough for a non damaged camper. Checking the roof would have been a priority before I even considered buying....but like everyone else I HOPE you don't end up paying more to fix than the dollars you saved. You took a real gamble with only doing a 15 mins inspection and putting that much trust in a salesman. If the repairs were that easy and not that expensive, trust me, the dealer would have in 99% of likelihood done it to get more money out of it. Dealers are not stupid, if they knocked off that much they probably already did their homework and realized that fixing it and selling for more wouldn't be very realistic.
Sadly, the fact that they were telling you that you only had 15 minutes for the inspection and didn't remain open for you to finish sounds VERY FISHY. My internal warning bells would have been RINGING LOUDLY! I don't know any dealer who would not stay later to let a customer finish the inspection - ESPECIALLY one who has wired the money! I have a good friend who works for a dealership - he knows going home on time is mostly a non event as a customer might come in before closing and they NEVER push them out of the door until they are finished - even if they are browsing. That is LOUSY customer service, so I don't think i'd have one bit of trust in anything this sales guy told you (and he is a SALESman, not a repairman).
I think most think maybe this is a prank because it kind of seems surreal to buy something with this kind of damage with such a quick inspection. I am still trying to figure out if you are pulling our leg.
I am surely no fiberglass repair expert, but I have to assume that fixing the fiberglass that is full of cracks might cost about the amount you saved all on its own. Sounds like a pricey job!
I hope we are all being naysayers and you get it fixed easy and cheaply.
Tipping over on the side while moving can cause a racking that permanently loosens joints far back in the structure. Think of a house that has only fallen 6 inches off its foundation in a hurricane.
On the other hand, get a quick professional opinion on damage from another dealer. Maybe it is the deal you think it is, maybe not. Sometimes one has 10 days to rethink a major purchase according to state law. The dealer you bought it from may have merely collected a large insurance settlement (possibly totaled) and not want to sell a refurbished unit with a salvage title.
Trust in the Lord, but bolt your door.
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