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Posted: 06/11/21 08:35am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Oh, I am not saying its NOT doable and that there might be some intrinsic value in the deal, just suggesting the TT will always be "damaged". So in addition to the usual TT maintenance we all are blessed with, there will also be "salvaged" maintenance.

One reason why many of us buy new TT's (which the OP did) is to enjoy years of "trouble free" use. If the OP wanted a fixer up project, then he certainly could have purchased a damaged trailer and created the workplace to work on said project. But he bought new for immediate enjoyment and now has this "opportunity".

But, if one can acquire something damaged for $4k, refurbish it for a couple of stacks of Benjamins, then use it or sell it for a profit--who am I to stand in the way?

Some of us buy new (paying a premium), some of us buy used (paying a discount), and some of us buy fixer upper (purchasing parts and contributing one's labor). All are good paths to the same destination.

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Mickeyfan0805 wrote:

I think this has a whole lot to do with your knowledge base and readiness to repair.


Also factor in how much time it will take....


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OP: did you buy it back? There is probably a time frame to deal with the insurance and storage fees accumulating.

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capacitor wrote:

OP: did you buy it back? There is probably a time frame to deal with the insurance and storage fees accumulating.


Update:
Yes I ended up bought it back, despite the towing guy, the repair shop owner told me it's bad idea. I just can't resist it.

TT is soaked in the towing company yard for a few rainning days, when I pick it up, there seems no sign of leak inside. So far everything seems working. Will do a few DIY and take it to a near by park to test out over the weekend.

Wish me luck...

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Okay, good luck and check everything bot 120 and 12volt as well as propane.

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Lantley wrote:

If you have good DIY skills, and are OK with having a permanently blemished RV go for it. Do not try to make it perfect, settle making it usable/livable.
Don't sweat the small stuff and be willing to walk away if there turns out to be major concealed damage.
Do not make any extensive cosmetic repairs, focus on repairs to make RV functional.
Go into it with not a lot of expectation. THere is a risk / gamble involved.


Agree 100% here. I would take the ins co deal all day long. If everything works, you can go camping right away, and when you sell in a few years you'll probably get $4k for it, that camper doesn't owe you anything. If it turns out it has major concealed damage, you can get $2k back just parting it out and then scrap the rest. There is risk here but it's minimal IMO.


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Very good. Hope it all works out.


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OP, do you have an update on your last outing?

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Very cool, I would have bought it back too. Good Luck!


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One thing I don't see anyone having mentioned...i understand the plan for the exterior is to patch and tape? Using that approach, you may be limited in what parks you would be permitted to use...state parks and most other public parks would be fine, but most private places have a 'no truck campers, no tents, no units over 10 years old, and for anything that might otherwise comply we reserve the right to refuse to rent if we determine the thing is just fugly' rule...that 'catch-all' might be used to keep you out of some parks if in fact it's basically held together 'with spit and baling wire'


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