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Hello everyone,
First time poster looking at a 2000 Lance Lite 835 to purchase. I have some concerns as the front two jacks seem to be loose and tilting out a bit. Also on both sides of the TC I’m seeing the same small indent right where the cabover starts. The seller has stated that the camper has been sitting for two years indoors with all weight on the jacks and dually swings in front position. I’ve checked for water damage inside and didn’t see or smell anything. Should I be avoiding this TC and continuing my search? Any feedback or advice would be greatly appreciated as I’m not looking to rebuild or tear a TC apart to fix rot.

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Can you post some pictures?
Tilting jacks usually are indication of their mounts getting dryrot, but could also bend from wrong use.
Buying used TC comes with high risk to buy big project, so don't doo it without proper inspection.
Just few days ago new member posted topic, where he had his TC inspected by local dealer, while later he found damages exceeding camper value.





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You can use this site to post pictures. Just follow the instructions.

http://photoposting.is-great.net/?i=3


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Drivers side jack

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Camper has easy access to front corner via electrical cable door.
Not only you can put your hand there and feel how solid is the wood, but modern phone camera can take a picture inside as well.
This does look like a project.

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I looked inside the electrical cable door with a flashlight and did see what looked to be wood debris in the bottom corner (almost like shavings/ splinters closest to jack). I thought this may have just been from trees if the door was left open at some point. Now I'm starting to think otherwise. Camper is listed at $6500 obo

Do the jacks look like the main problem or would you be concerned with the dents on both sides (at cab over arch) as well?

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Twenty-one year old camper with issues a newbie spots...get a pro inspection IMO.


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It is possible (imo likely) the cabover structure and / or the front corners are compromised from wood rot as a result of water intrusion.
The indents could then be the result of too much flex on a rough road.
The "wood shavings" are not a good sign.
The crooked front legs are also indicative of a possible rot issue in the front corners.
This would not at all be unlikely for a 20 year old camper of unknown history.
It looks like a project to me. There are "harmless" possible explanations, but in my experience they are not likely.
There is a sticky thread at the top of this section titled "Truck Camper University". It has a section on rot repair. A lot of pictures have been lost, but many are still there. Have a look.
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