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Posted: 12/09/21 04:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Looking to purchase this 1997 Bigfoot 2500 9’6”, and everything looks good except for the front section of the roof. It appears to be sagging in front and to the side of the bedroom skylight. Rainwater is pooling in front of the skylight as well.

Is this evidence of water damage? I’ve heard on other forums that pooling rainwater is a bad sign. The rubber siding on the windows looks like it’s starting to pull away as well.
I tried to highlight the areas of concern in the attached photos.

The asking price is $10,200. Thank you for any advice.

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pianotuna wrote:

Water Damage = RUN don't walk away.


Do you think this is water damage? Some people on other forums have said that this is a normal part of an aging fiberglass camper, so long as there is no evidence of water damage on the interior.

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From the pictures, the camper looks pretty nice for being almost 25 years old.

Considering how Bigfoot TC’s are made, I think it’s unlikely that’s evidence of water damage. If it was, I would expect to see some signs of water intrusion on the inside around the roof vent.

Any stains on the ceiling? Any sign of damage or cracking of the fiberglass shell on the outside?

The window seals you circled look like they’ve shrunk and pulled out. If they’re not torn, they may be able to be repaired, or just replaced. A glass guy could probably fix those.

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I would not wish to buy it.

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It’s gonna take more than a puddle of water on the roof of a fiberglass shell camper to make me think there’s water damage. There has to be some evidence inside if it’s there, either visible or smells.

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Correct me if I am wrong, but aren't BigFoots build with fiberglass shells?
Water is not going to damage fiberglass, but still sagging should be carefully inspected.
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Those hatches are known to fail due to fatigue and weathering but are readily available and cheaper than a Heki hatch. I would be more concerned with the window seals than the pool of water next to the hatch unless you see signs of water inside the roof. Look for water damage on the inside lower portion of the window framing to see if the windows are beginning to leak.


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The window trim is no issue, almost all of them do that with age and it is cheaply replaced (though a bit fiddly to do). It does not affect the watertightness of the window.

The sagging roof - depends. While these are fiberglass shelled, there is wood used between the fiberglass and interior paneling in many places, including around the skylights. The fiberglass and foam will not deteriorate with moisture, but the wood will. If the skylight has been leaking, it is possible the water has run elsewhere, it can run a long way from the source of the leak in these campers. If the current owner let me, I'd pull the trim off of the interior of the skylight, you should be able to access the wood surrounding it in the gap between the skylight spigot and the paneling. Poke at it with a bent nail, probe, or whatever you can get in there. It may be obviously wet or soft, or may be soft when poked, indicating moisture and rot.

The roof on a Bigfoot can sag or distort or delaminate a bit without any help from moisture intrusion, if not excessive I'd call it par for the course at that age. If there is significant rot to the reinforcing wood in the roof, it is repairable, but expensive to do, and hard to find an RV repair shop with the skill to do it.


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Posted: 12/10/21 12:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

$10,500 is about $8000 too much for a 25 year old camper regardless of condition, let alone with a sagging roof and bad window seals. It better be covered in gold leaf for $10,500.


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