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Old 07-21-2015, 02:40 PM   #1
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Who Scr*wed Whom?

Recently bought a 2006 Wildwood 28FKSS. This is our first TT, and we had to make the purchase rather hastily, as we wanted to take it on a road trip that came up rather suddenly.

The person we bought it from bills himself as an RV dealer, but seems to know almost NOTHING about RVs. I found out he spent almost $25,000 to purchase a dealership license just to cheese-off his neighbor (long story). But I've learned more in a few hours of reading online than he seems to know in general. All that aside, I'm seeking opinions on the deal we made, so here it is:

He was asking $7900 for the trailer. My research put the "Low book" value closer to $11,500. I saw the actual invoice indicating he paid $7000 for it. Upon inspection, we found it needed 4 new tires, and I've found a few things wrong with it that I've been having an absolute BLAST repairing, because I'm a handyman/engineer kind of guy. As far as I can tell, all the mechanical/electrical systems work (fridge, heater, A/C, water pump, water heater, etc). There's a short in the slide-out that keeps blowing a fuse, but I think it's in the umbilical - I just haven't found it yet. Other than that, most of the problems are aesthetic (the outside needs a good cleaning), and there is evidence of fairly extensive repairs on the corners from water damage (the two rear corners were professionally redone on the outside with DIAMOND PLATE of all things, which I personally think makes this a one-of-a-kind eye catcher - see attached pic). A few things on the inside were repaired with beadboard and/or panelling, and one cabinet door was annoyingly replaced with solid wood. There are a few leaks left for me to fix - one around the front window, and one somewhere in the slideout seal.

So, bottom line: I chewed him all the way down to $6800 (so I got it from him for LESS than he paid for it). In the deal I also got him to throw in a torsion bar stabilizer towing package (prob worth about $650 when it was new), and he put cold-roll sealer on about 1/4 of the roof. A lot of what we've found "wrong" with the trailer was found AFTER we closed our deal, and a couple of people keep saying "Oh, you got taken! I wouldn't have bought that!" However, nobody in my family knows enough about TTs to really make a good judgement call.

So, what do you think? Who got scr*wed in this deal? Me, or the "dealer"?

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Old 07-21-2015, 03:11 PM   #2
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Based on your description, I think YOU "did good"!

If you are handy, there's some deals out there of which one can take advantage.

Are the axles/wheels/tires in alignment?

The diamond-plate makes it look "tough".

It always leaves me wondering when the clueless make judgement calls on things about which they know nothing.


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Old 07-21-2015, 03:35 PM   #3
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Hey the deal is done so just enjoy your new TT. My only real concern would be with the water damage, did they get it all repaired and such. I would keep a very close eye on the unit for water intrusion, and jump right on any leaks that you may find.
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Old 07-21-2015, 03:35 PM   #4
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You got a good deal IF, you mention previously repaired leaks and my IF has to do with the possibility of dry rot or mold of the wood under the outer shell, press on the surfaces where the evidence of leaks are and check for soft wood underneath which cold be dry rot, the mold question can be answered by any odors you can smell if it's there it will get worse with time and more moisture. Good luck I hope you enjoy your camper, being your first TT I think the $6800 is a good starting point and worth the money to find out how much you enjoy camping. I have had 2 TT's and now a 35 foot motor home and have been out several thousand dollars wishing I bought as they say "my last camper first".

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Old 07-21-2015, 03:37 PM   #5
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If it is safe and meets your needs you made a good deal. Welcome to the community from Kentucky. You will find a wealth of good advice here. Go camping and enjoy.
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Old 07-21-2015, 03:46 PM   #7
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Be absolutely sure there's no floor rot. If not... you did pretty well.
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Old 07-21-2015, 04:41 PM   #8
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A few trips in it will tell the tale. Main thing is if you are happy or not. That's where the value is. Enjoy.
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Old 07-22-2015, 10:38 AM   #9
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^^^^I agree.
If you got what you wanted, at the price you wanted to pay, and the seller got the $ he wanted I think each person did good!


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Old 07-27-2015, 06:06 PM   #10
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If your happy doing some repairs and upgrades yourself it looks like you got a decent deal.Plus i like the way the diamond plate looks

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