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Posted: 06/25/21 11:33am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Any 1991 RV with a roof that has not been maintained properly isn't worth fixing. Most people would never even look at a '91 TT if they were buying. I wouldn't. Sorry.


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Posted: 06/25/21 11:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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... Based on what you posted I'll speculate that considering cost and effort replacing the trailer is the best option.


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Since a DIY carport over the top is out...replacing the trailer is your best bet and likely cheapest option.

When you buy, avoiding another trailer full of leaks is your first priority. Most RVs die when the roof starts leaking.


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Hi Nice Folks
Thank you all, excellent responses, and pretty much what I have been thinking.
Kind of a tough spot to be in, purchased this during pandemic from out of state.
I know I needed to do my due diligence, but was really limited in being able to and couldn’t travel to see it. ( and I trusted that the seller was representing it fairly.) I own my mistake. I was pretty desperate to return to New England. ( from fire ravaged Northern CA)

So I have a camper that is pretty far gone for too much money. Seller claims to be unaware of issues but it’s evident that issues are longstanding.
Would there be any fix better than tarping, not too expensive, that’s worth a try? Even for the season or short term til I can determine next smarter course of action.
At this point the cost of getting it out of its’ spot is another dilemma.
Oh boy... a strong example of Buyer Beware here.

Thank you again. All of the responses that I’ve received have been kind and considerate. I appreciate that very much. Have a great weekend.

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Posted: 06/25/21 02:57pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Seeing as you don't need to worry too much about snow, I would just tarp the roof. All other fixes would not be worth the effort and expense.

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I can easily detail how to replace the entire roof. I am building a website on a total TT rebuild of an 81 Citation, but the site isn't up yet. Still have about 20% more to go.

However, as one who has rebuilt a totally rotten trailer, I can tell you that from a monetary standpoint, it is not worth doing unless you have a sentimental attachment to it. As others above have stated, replace the trailer, it by far the easiest solution. You can pick up nice older ones for a lot less than the cost of fixing this one.

And here is a total guarantee. For every bit of rot you can see, there will be 10 times that in hidden damage. If the roof is leaking, you will also have wall and floor damage too.

Too bad my rebuild site isn't finished....


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2 many 2 wrote:

CarnationSailor wrote:

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... Based on what you posted I'll speculate that considering cost and effort replacing the trailer is the best option.


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Posted: 06/25/21 06:10pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Boon Docker wrote:

Seeing as you don't need to worry too much about snow, I would just tarp the roof. All other fixes would not be worth the effort and expense.


I'm not sure where in Massachusetts it's parked, but Boston, for example, gets a fair amount of snow. In the past 10 years they've had several 20+ inch snowfalls.

I'd be concerned with his rotting roof supporting that snow load even if he tarps it over and prevents further water damage.

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Posted: 06/25/21 06:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I thought Cape Cod got very little snow.

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Boon Docker wrote:

I thought Cape Cod got very little snow.


I think that is true, but I'd be more concerned about the snow where the RV is parked :-)

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I’m the new owner of a 1991 30’ Dutchmen Travel Trailer.
It does not travel, located in a seasonal campground in Massachusetts.


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