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Old 11-04-2013, 04:35 PM   #1
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New to Site Help with 2012 Wildcat 312BHX Purchase

Well, first post, and been reading so many threads here I'm dizzy.
Totally new to trailers, never owned one....looking at putting an offer on a 2012 Wildcat 312 BHX. In the short term, it will be parked on our lot up north, until I upgrade my F150 to a 3/4 ton to be able to tow it. Down the road we hope to make some trips.
The trailer we are looking at was bought new in fall of 2011 and has never been used. (the owners husband passed away) Its been stored inside for the past 2 years. It is optioned nicely and we love the layout with the bunks for our grandkids.
We are going to have to drive 5 hours to see it later this week.
The only thing we cannot fire up is the water systems as they have been winterized already....or should we insist on this?
We really dont know what to look for in terms of any issues. It does have a 5 year extended warranty which is transferrable so that gives us peace of mind to some degree.
Is there an inspection list that we could get somewhere so we know what to look out for? Has there been any major issues with these trailers we should know about? Will sitting in storage for 2 years have caused any damages anywhere?
We have so many questions and just looking for a little guidance from members here....
Thanks so much for any advice and we look forward to contributing in the future.

Mike
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Old 11-05-2013, 01:59 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum, Mike! I can't help you with your particular trailer, but I'm sure there are other wildcat owners here who will be able to help and will be along soon.
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Old 11-05-2013, 02:06 PM   #3
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I would think finding a used tt that has been stored inside would be ideal. If it hasn't moved at all, may have some flat spots on the tires. Not being able to run the water system isn't ideal, but if it was properly winterized, probably a pretty small risk there for the trade-off of a like-new camper.

Good luck with your inspection.
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Old 11-05-2013, 02:21 PM   #4
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Kawliga, take the PDI as serious as for a brand new rig. Take a PDI list with you (download from this site) and take your time. If possible spend some time in the rig as a site close to the dealer as shake down to find issues not detected during PDI. May be difficult as the rig is winterized. But something to consider.
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Old 11-05-2013, 02:30 PM   #5
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You say the Wildcat has already been winterized. If it has been setting for two years unused has it been winterized all that time? Unless you know these folks selling the trailer personally, I wouldnít take their word as gospel. They are trying to sell the trailer after all.
Should you insist on checking out the water system? Absolutely! You want to be sure to fill the fresh water tank and run the water pump to be sure it works. Be sure the water heater works too. Run plenty of water through the system so you can make sure the holding tanks donít leak. Since they say the trailer has never been used you can check out the black and grey water drain valves to ensure they arenít stuck closed. Would you buy a used car from a private party and not check it out thoroughly? Same goes for used RVís, maybe more so.

Personally Iíd hire a RV technician to come out and look the fifth wheel over before Iíd even consider buying that trailer. My opinion of course.

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I agree with Oakman. The un-winterizing and re-winterizing process isn't hard to do and would be a good learning experience anyway. I think it makes sense to hire a mobile RV tech to go with you, check it over (un-winterized) and really work through it. Once you buy it, you can have the RV tech show you how to re-winterize it.
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You say the Wildcat has already been winterized. If it has been setting for two years unused has it been winterized all that time? Unless you know these folks selling the trailer personally, I wouldnít take their word as gospel. They are trying to sell the trailer after all.
Should you insist on checking out the water system? Absolutely! You want to be sure to fill the fresh water tank and run the water pump to be sure it works. Be sure the water heater works too. Run plenty of water through the system so you can make sure the holding tanks donít leak. Since they say the trailer has never been used you can check out the black and grey water drain valves to ensure they arenít stuck closed. Would you buy a used car from a private party and not check it out thoroughly? Same goes for used RVís, maybe more so.

Personally Iíd hire a RV technician to come out and look the fifth wheel over before Iíd even consider buying that trailer. My opinion of course.

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I agree with Oakman. The un-winterizing and re-winterizing process isn't hard to do and would be a good learning experience anyway. I think it makes sense to hire a mobile RV tech to go with you, check it over (un-winterized) and really work through it. Once you buy it, you can have the RV tech show you how to re-winterize it.
I second what Oakman and ependydad have quoted

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Old 11-05-2013, 10:36 PM   #8
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Thanks all for the replies...an RV Tech is a great idea. This is a private sale and I am uneducated about trailers and their systems operation.

It does concern me that it has never been camped in as it appears from reading here that most issues are "discovered" during the first few trips.

I would also worry a little about the brakes etc...

I have been told that it has been regularly maintained while in storage...

Their is the extended warranty which FR has said they will transfer to me for a small fee, but I would guess all the warrantys on the appliances are expired?

We plant to take the 10 hour round trip in the next week.

I have got a few PDI checklists but a tech is a great idea.

Appreciate any more advice and thanks again folks

Mike
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I looked at that floor plan when we first started shopping for a new fiver. I really liked it. The one item I read to watch for was the tankless water heater. Agree with the others that you should test all water systems, including the water heater.

Good luck. Enjoy it all
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I looked at that floor plan when we first started shopping for a new fiver. I really liked it. The one item I read to watch for was the tankless water heater. Agree with the others that you should test all water systems, including the water heater.

Good luck. Enjoy it all
Thanks, I beleive for the 2012 Model it is a 10 gallon water heater, not tankless....? I beleive in 2013 they went to the Girard....Can ayone confirm this, I guess it will be easy to tell when we head up to see the unit...It is part of a comfort package and just says "endless water heater".

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