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My dilemma. I have an 01 Chaparral which needs a new roof. Do I sell as is, trade in, or repair and sell/trade in. I am not sure the return will be worthwhile. I believe it will cost ~1k to do it myself (I have no good way to safely do the job, rent scaffolds?) or have a dealer perform the job ~3k. Either way I believe I am in the market for a preloved 5th wheel as the kids are getting too tall for the bunk area. What will be my best option repair or not?

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Sell, but with a bad roof, get any price you can out of it and move on. You'll not recover the cost or the time involved. Take it to a dealer and get what you can. Start over. (hopefully, since 2001 it 100% paid in full! If not, you've got a real problem, unless you're willing to invest and continue to keep it for yourself).


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Get an estimate on what it will take to repair it and deduct that from the asking price. Give full disclosure on what it needs in your advertisement and let the buyer choose. A lot of potential buyers are capable of doing repairs themselves and will take on a "project" if the price is right. I sold our leaking TC after a few days on craigslist and felt I got a fair price. lizzie

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I think it would be easier to sell with the roof repaired. I would not buy something that needs the roof replaced unless it was a very, very good deal, which means you may not get what you want, selling or trading
But it's just my opinion.

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Repair it or you may end up not getting much for it but you have to watch the cost it may end up more than you can recope

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I would sell "as-is". Once you start tearing into it, chances are you will find that the damages are worse than you originally thought - leading to more expense.


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Never would I buy a RV that needed a roof. I think you are correct in the cost being about $1000. Did mine with 2 helpers....a big job but you can do it.

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lizzie wrote:

Get an estimate on what it will take to repair it and deduct that from the asking price. Give full disclosure on what it needs in your advertisement and let the buyer choose. A lot of potential buyers are capable of doing repairs themselves and will take on a "project" if the price is right. I sold our leaking TC after a few days on craigslist and felt I got a fair price. lizzie


I am that guy and I know there are many like me.

Get a fair market value for your unit, get an estimate for the repair. disclose those details and deduct the new roof from the asking price ....someone like me would buy it, do the rood themselves and end up with a unit with a brand new roof and such for peanuts !


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Whats wrong with the roof?

Old? Torn? Leaking?

From my perspective there is a difference between functionally sound and aesthetically needed.

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Posted: 07/19/12 04:56am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

make life easy on yourself. trade in as is.

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