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Old 11-26-2013, 08:08 PM   #1
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I am looking at a 2006 Flagstaff 26FS. It is priced really well at an asking of $7500, including all dishes etc. + hitch. This issue is that last year he had a leak. He fixed the leak and had it inspected at the local RV shop. There was some delamination near the roof, but the RV Shop said it would not spread and hasn't done so in 8 months. They quoted $1800 to remove the affected area and fix it, but said it was mostly cosmetic. There is no evidence of damage on the inside walls or ceiling.

Other than this, it is exactly what we have been looking for, fits our TV and has the floorplan we want, and at this price, is within our budget.

I know most would say run, but is there any chance that this won't get worse if the leak has been properly stopped? Would the epoxy fix method be viable solution? Is it going to be unsell-able or untrade-able in a couple of years when I am ready to trade in my TV for something big enough to haul a 5'er.

I have also considered asking him to drop the price a little more and pay the $1800 to fix it.

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Old 11-26-2013, 08:16 PM   #2
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Cosmetic is everything when you go to trade it in and that looks like it was leaking a lot. If I were in the market for a pre-owned trailer, I would tend to shy away from something with water damage.
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Old 11-26-2013, 08:47 PM   #3
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I agree it is like buying a car with key marks and dents, be hard to move later. Have you tried searchtempest.com Web site. It will search Craigslist and away at the same time based on mile radius of your home. I found a 2006 cardinal 24 ft that looked brand new for 19,000 last may. The book on the camper was 25,000. Keep looking you will find a deal.
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Old 11-26-2013, 08:49 PM   #4
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Have him get it fixed and give him his $7000 IF it looks good after the repair.
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Old 11-26-2013, 08:58 PM   #5
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The damage looks serious from here. Like certain diseases, can't tell the extent till it's too late. Any factory would change the entire side, thats what you need here. Maybe a CTL, ready to fall apart.....
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Old 11-26-2013, 09:12 PM   #6
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Consider water behind the wall = mold, damaged insulation, floor and frame corrosion and, depending on where the leak was, possible leeching into the roof structure. Since u asked, I think you should walk away (or run). There are better fish in the sea.
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Old 11-26-2013, 09:15 PM   #7
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Have him get it fixed and give him his $7000 IF it looks good after the repair.
I like this advice. Likely unrealistic that the seller would actually do it, but I'd prefer it be fixed before shelling out my mullah.
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As for trading / selling it - you're here and worried about buying it. The prospective owners that you're selling to will be too.
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Old 11-26-2013, 09:31 PM   #9
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I'd wish him well and walk away.

Or offer 5K and get it fixed if he bites.
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thanks everyone for taking the time to reply. We are going to take a pass on this one. Not getting it and somehow finding out it was a gem is not nearly as painful as getting it only to find out it's a money pit. Our TT is out there ...
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