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Old 02-02-2015, 11:55 AM   #1
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Used 08 Flagstaff BHSS

Checked out a used 25BHSS and all was great except some siding issues on the super slide. Looks as though there is delam there and possibly some water intrusion. Some small bubbling and discoloration of the fiberglass as well as spider webb cracking in a horizontal fashion about midway down the wall. I am thinking the cracking could be from a prior repair where the fiberglass was stressed outward from the top down to fix the issue? No water damage visible inside and not odors etc.

Sad it's such a nice unit in all other respects. Called Forest River dealers who could not be specific, but did say fixing it would be expensive and only the factory could do a good enough job to replace the entire piece. Snds expensive!!

Anyone else experience this on just the slide of their TT or 5vr? Im thinking about moving forward with the purchase if the owner will come down a fair amount in price to cover the risk potential of the siding.

Am I crazy?

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Old 02-06-2015, 05:04 AM   #2
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If the outer glass is bowing out, the pressed wood of plywood may be expanding due to water intrusion. That's expensive to fix!!!

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Old 02-08-2015, 06:41 PM   #3
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I have a similar issue. Bought my 04 26bhss used with same as you described. The Damage Was from prior water intrusion. This happened prior to installing a slide topper. Since the slide topper was installed by previous owner No more water.
I've used the TT many times over one season with no issues, so it appears to be mostly cosmetic. I know if repairs done by dealer it will be expensive, And likely a long time in their shop, I also realize it may get structurally worse and definitely impact the trade in value at a later date. but I'm pretty handy and being a recently retired home builder with the skills and tools, I'm going to try the repair myself this spring.
I did buy the TT at about $2000. less than market value. Realizing I was taking some chance. I felt the same way, that everything else was pristine and working. but so far so good, and looking forward to finishing the repair.
Good luck. By the way my damage is on the main TT house wall interior and exterior, not the slide wall. So my soft plywood and cracked fiberglass with slight bulge (on extension) is limited. (I think) fingers crossed.

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