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Old 07-13-2015, 10:30 PM   #1
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Went looking for our first TT today and ran across a Rockwood Ultra Lite (2004) 2605 rear kitchen. Wife and I love the floorplan, dealer has good long-term reputation, weight well with our current TV limits. Super clean and appears well kept.

So, good, bad, things to check closely, etc., etc. ?

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Old 07-14-2015, 12:01 AM   #2
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Went looking for our first TT today and ran across a Rockwood Ultra Lite (2004) 2605 rear kitchen. Wife and I love the floorplan, dealer has good long-term reputation, weight well with our current TV limits. Super clean and appears well kept.

So, good, bad, things to check closely, etc., etc. ?

All replies greatly appreciated.

Jeff
Jeff, look for ANY signs of water leak/damage. Could have come from outside, could have come from a water line leaking. Look inside cabinets, under sinks, etc.

Walk all over the floor, and see if you feel any soft spots.

If you can get on the roof, see what it looks like...any torn places, caulk around roof penetrations missing, etc.

If dealer wants to make the sale, ask him to pull the wheels, repack the bearings, and inspect the brakes, and tell you how much brake life is left.

Make sure all appliances work, including AC, heat (just run it for a few minutes), and water heater.

Good luck.
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Check the black tank level. If it says anything higher than empty have them fix/clean the sensor.

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Old 07-14-2015, 09:52 AM   #4
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Capt Mike covered it well!


Also, when the dealer is repacking the bearings and checking the brakes just go ahead and have them put a set of Goodyear marathon trailer tires on the unit. Have them bump the tires up a load rating and install metal valve stems AND spin balance them to 65MPH (the MAX speed you should ever tow).
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Old 07-14-2015, 03:00 PM   #5
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Second Look Today

Spent 2.5 hours today re-visiting the 2005 Rockwood Ultra Ultra T2605.
Pretty thorough look over:

Roof: no tears or scuffs in membrane, all through roof vents and such have been re "caulked" by dealer. Found no interior evidence of past leakage: no wallpaper bubbles or discoloration.

Floor: no soft spots nor loose vinyl flooring

Appliances: 30 day repair/replace warranty on all (micro, oven, range, refer, furnace, AC, water pump, drains, water lines, electrical, etc.). Dealer will fix anything not properly working (tank senders, etc) at PDI.

Wheels/Tires, etc.: New white steel wheels with new Karrier (Kenda) Trailer tires (load range C) - 73 miles on tires. Bearings repacked with new seals. Dealer agreed to inspect the brakes.

Exterior: all newly caulked, no delamination or bubbles in glass. Used sighting down the sides and the "thump" test on every square inch.

Dual 20# LP tanks with cover. New battery. Spotless appliances and throughout. No wear visible on anything, including sofa and dinette fabrics.

Dealer asking $7995 - $9000 out the door (tax 6%, Title $50, Perm Plates $200 and new Husky equilizer hitch and sway bars).

NADA Used Low/High Retails are: $9115/$10985. It has a few options: Outside gas grill, ducted AC, AM/FM/CD, Outside shower, Skylight, long awning, etc. Nor really sure what was included or option when first sold.

We are thinking it may be a good buy, but we have only looked at 12 TT's and wonder if dealer is high. We prefer to buy used. I don't believe we will find a cleaner unit of this vintage and we very much like the floor plan. However, we are not in a big yank as we will not depart MI until early Jan. But, if we pass on this, will we be left with something later which we are not as pumped about (or, might we find an even better deal)

Who knows; it is a struggle making up our mind - grab this one or take more time......

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Be sure you're using NADA values correctly.
You don't add values, for things that are standard for the model, especially things that are in "packages".
Things like oven, entertainment systems, a/c, awning and so on.
Things that are upgrades, like bigger fridge and slide toppers, can be added values.
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So, if not sure what should or should not be added to base prices, likely best to just use the base low and average retail prices on Nada as a guide?

If so, dealer is right at average retail.

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If it feels right, don't worry too much about price (JMHO). If you love it, a few hundred dollars or whatever doesn't matter. Buying used can be a challenge. This one sounds good to me.
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If it feels right, don't worry too much about price (JMHO). If you love it, a few hundred dollars or whatever doesn't matter. Buying used can be a challenge. This one sounds good to me.

I tend to agree with you!
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