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Old 05-03-2012, 09:20 AM   #1
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Brand New 2008 Surveyor SV-255RS

I found a 2008 Surveyor SV-255RS on a lot that is brand new. It was bought from the finance company that provides their floor plan, and was originally from a dealer that went out of business. There is a 1 year warranty, and the price is under $13K. What should I look for on this unit, and is there any reason I should not do this?

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Old 05-03-2012, 10:13 AM   #2
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Sounds like a great deal! It has been sitting outside for several years so check on the following:
All caulking seals on roof, around vents, antenna, sky lights,
All seams around windows and anything else that would have caulking
Make sure rubber roof is clean
Make sure outside vents are clear from insects, bees, nests, etc... Especially in furnace and hot water heater
Door seals around main door, storage doors, and slide outs are in good shape and clean
Jacks are well lubricated and not rusted
All appliances work and plumbing does not leak.

Of course there are PDI lists that you can use. Here is one that may be helpful for your walkthrough.
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Old 05-03-2012, 11:29 AM   #3
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Pbrackney; good thoughts!!

We have the slightly smaller 235RKS and love it. If problem free, that is a great buy. Go for it!!
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Your situation is a little unique in that this trailer might have been sitting unused for 5 years (A 2008 could easily have been manufactured in Q1 2007).

In general, just plan to work everything from locks to lights, all switches, appliances, entertainment stuff and ALL systems (do this on battery and also on shore power).

Most importantly, check the roof, ceiling, walls and floors. I would be very reluctant to buy it if there are soft spots, delamination, signs of leaks, etc. Unless you want a project.

Pay attention to the tire date. Those may need to be replaced immediately.
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Old 05-04-2012, 09:19 AM   #5
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I'm pulling the trigger! Thanks for all the info and advice. I plan to do a complete inspection and PDI before signing any paperwork. I also informed the dealer that any tires over or near 6 years old would have to be replaced. We'll see how it goes!

P.s. They only install eaz-lift WD hitches there. Should I buy an Andersen or equal-i-zer and try to install it myself? I have plenty of tools and an area to work on it at home, but how would I get it home to install it? I really don't want to have to install it on the dealer's lot...
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Most any brand WD hitch works for WD. But there are differences in how they handle anti-sway (if at all). I would not go with the cheaper friction bar approach. So see how that brand handles anti-sway.

If 2008, your rear slide may be a queen or a king. They changed kind of mid-year. Don't know if that makes any difference to you.

Good luck. Let us know what happens!
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Magnetic, you don't need a fancy hitch just to get it home. You can buy whatever hitch you like, then install it at your leisure.
But make sure you have a VERY good look at the roof caulking. If there is any serious cracking, and any potential for it to have leaked, be careful.
What part of the country are you located? If you are down south, the heat is a lot tougher on the roof.
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I have the 2006 model that I pull with my F150 and an EZ-Lift. It pulls really well in my opinion. Good luck and enjoy yourself.
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Why not hire an inspector to look it over before you buy. It will cost $250 to $300 but it may be worth it.
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I use the E2 hitch on my 235 RKS. It is simple and works well.
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