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Old 04-29-2015, 09:48 AM   #1
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Buying used Hybrid question

I'm new to this forum but have been looking to buy a Forest River hybrid. I'm a current pop up own but with 3 boys I'm hoping to get something with a little more space. I've found one for sale but not sure if it's a good deal or not and thought I'd enlist the help of those with more knowledge. It's a 2002 Shamrock. Minor water damage to floor that's been repaired but otherwise no issue stated. He's asking $5500. It's a 5 & 1/2 hr drive one way to get to the seller so I'm trying to get some opinions first. Any help would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks in advance!

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Old 04-29-2015, 10:07 AM   #2
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Welcome to FRF, Rivermom!
Which model are you looking at? Shamrock had a bunch of models from back then ranging from 17'-26' long and with different floorplans. Here is the NADA page that may help you 2002 Flagstaff Price, 2002 Flagstaff Values & 2002 Flagstaff Specs | NADAguides.

Depending on your locale, the trailer model and its "true" condition, the price they are asking is probably fine. Here is a site you can use to search out actual sales - RV Trader.

As for the water damage - I would personally walk away from anything with water damage. I know its tempting to think they completely fixed the damage and fixed the source that caused the damage, but I don't like the odds. And, I'm too busy to buy a "fixer-upper". YMMV and you have to decide how handy you are and how much time and effort you are willing to put into this thing if it turns out you are buying someone else's problem.

Glad you asked and I'm sure others here will have thoughts to share, as well.

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Old 04-29-2015, 10:13 AM   #3
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X2 to what Triguy said - I wouldn't go anywhere near any rv that has had water damage. Too much of a risk that there is hidden damage.

We also went to a hybrid from a popup, and it worked out perfectly. Keep looking until you find the right one. Good used hybrids aren't as common as other types or RV's, but you should be able to find one.

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Old 04-29-2015, 10:44 AM   #4
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I will 3RD the run from water damage....Ours had minor water damage....and every time we hauled it the roof would flex and start leaking again....I was lucky to get out of it what I did.
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Old 04-29-2015, 10:45 AM   #5
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I have no experience with hybrids but I have had experience with water damage. Even when you think it is fixed, it isn't. In my old unit each time we looked at the damaged piece we kept finding more damage year after year until we finally got rid of it. It is just too risky in my opinion. It is almost impossible to tell if everything has been fixed and there is no telling where all the water seeped in to.
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There is a member that just posted this about water damage, further proves the points above.

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Old 04-29-2015, 12:11 PM   #7
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I have to agree with the others. The floor damage could very well be an indication of a bigger problem. The water had to get to the floor from somewhere and if it came from a roof leak it could be in the roof and walls. It just may not have shown up yet. I would keep looking.
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We had a 2012 Shamrock 23ss. Loved the design & we took great care of our trailer but both ends delaminated & had to be replaced. We did decide to trade it in while all is well with it. Still smelled new. A 2002 hybrid with a leak sounds risky. Keep looking. There were lots for sale in the fall when we tried to sell ours & should be more now.
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Totally Agree. Keep Looking.
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Hybrids are great. Lots of space for the weight. Go to NADA site, rv section, and put in the make & model. NO accessories. The price will be close to current wholesale value.

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