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Posted: 08/05/19 05:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Lynnmor wrote:

I know of a trailer purchased recently that was totaled and it had very minimal damage. A dealer will do the assessment and determine that the cost of repair is too much giving him the opportunity to sell a new unit.

If the damage to the trailer in question is limited to the slide, I would buy it in a heartbeat.


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Dealer does not "asses" anything, your INSURANCE ADJUSTER is the one that "assesses" the damage, determines how much labor by industry standards, cost of materials then writes up and submits the paperwork and cuts the check.

The INSURANCE ADJUSTER will determine from the labor and materials cost to repair vs the value of the trailer. IF the cost to repair EXCEEDS THE VALUE (pretty darn easy to do with a depreciating asset like a RV) then they SCRAP THE TRAILER (IE TOTAL).

They sometimes will cut the check then offer the trailer at scrap value to the owner of the trailer with the caveat that it is no longer insurable.

Some states may prohibit that, PA if title gets marked salvage it MUST go to a SALVAGE YARD, do not pass go, do not collect $200. Salvaged title cannot be registered and plated, to get rid of the salvage stamp would require getting a RECONSTRUCTED TITLE and you will have to show proof of parts and repairs. Reconstructed title will lose the manufacturers name and date of manufacture..

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Posted: 08/05/19 06:01pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

badsix wrote:

most totals are because of the labor cost. if your skilled and have the tools to repair, yes it can be a good deal. but probably not for resale.
Jay D.


^^^THIS^^^

IF you were to attempt to have a RV dealer repair major damage it will cost you an arm, leg, both your kidneys, first born and perhaps if you are lucky your heart as well..

Dealer labor is not cheap, going shop rate can be anything between $100-$160 PER HR..

I suspect the trailer from the little bit of picture will easily hit 100 man hrs at a minimum just to remove the outside and inside paneling and re square the slide then replace any broken studs or structural parts then reassemble..

100 man hrs at $160 per hr for the labor alone is $16,000.. and I suspect that is being on the low side of the real cost to repair properly..

This is ONLY a project for someone who is a HANDY MAN and has a lot of spare time on their hands and yet the result WILL be a trailer that IS unsalable due to the salvage title..

In other words, a "LABOR OF LOVE".

And yes I have rebuilt not one but to completely rotted out trailers, my current trailer took NINE MONTHS of me working every night for 2 hrs and every weekend (8-10hrs per day on the weekends).. It is not for the faint of heart..

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Posted: 08/05/19 10:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Gdetrailer wrote:

badsix wrote:

most totals are because of the labor cost. if your skilled and have the tools to repair, yes it can be a good deal. but probably not for resale.
Jay D.


^^^THIS^^^

IF you were to attempt to have a RV dealer repair major damage it will cost you an arm, leg, both your kidneys, first born and perhaps if you are lucky your heart as well..

Dealer labor is not cheap, going shop rate can be anything between $100-$160 PER HR..

I suspect the trailer from the little bit of picture will easily hit 100 man hrs at a minimum just to remove the outside and inside paneling and re square the slide then replace any broken studs or structural parts then reassemble..

100 man hrs at $160 per hr for the labor alone is $16,000.. and I suspect that is being on the low side of the real cost to repair properly..

This is ONLY a project for someone who is a HANDY MAN and has a lot of spare time on their hands and yet the result WILL be a trailer that IS unsalable due to the salvage title..

In other words, a "LABOR OF LOVE".

And yes I have rebuilt not one but to completely rotted out trailers, my current trailer took NINE MONTHS of me working every night for 2 hrs and every weekend (8-10hrs per day on the weekends).. It is not for the faint of heart..


Ya thanks for the information I’m gonna stick with getting a trailer with interior damage because I have experience in repairing it.

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