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Old 02-21-2013, 05:14 PM   #1
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Looking into a 5th wheel and wanted to know things to look for when buying a used one... Not getting something that's really really nice... Just something with in 10 years old, around 32ft and under 20k... I have never owned and I am still learning so any advice as far as maint. Or corrosion or anything else to watch out for to keep me from having major issues down the road would be greatly appreciated... Thanks...
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Old 02-21-2013, 05:31 PM   #2
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Welcome to the FF!

Take your time and plenty of inspections...especially when looking at much older units, working condition all depends how the owner(s) maintained & stored the camper.
Have fun in your search & you should get plenty of tips here on buying used.
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Old 02-21-2013, 06:07 PM   #3
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Before we bought this time (our 4th and largest) I was also concerned about what to check / inspect.

If you do a google search for "rv checklists" you should find some forms you can print and take with you. As I recall there were several sites that have forms. I ended up making my own form using the info from 2 or 3.

It worked out really well. Checked things I would never have come up with on my own. You also need to bring things with you like a flashlight and extendable mirrors so you can see what's going on in hidden spots - still a concern even if you are looking at new. Bring something to lay on and a ladder if you can or ask if they have a way for you to see the roof.

Good luck with your search and happy camping.
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Old 02-21-2013, 06:41 PM   #4
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Before we bought this time (our 4th and largest) I was also concerned about what to check / inspect.

If you do a google search for "rv checklists" you should find some forms you can print and take with you. As I recall there were several sites that have forms. I ended up making my own form using the info from 2 or 3.

It worked out really well. Checked things I would never have come up with on my own. You also need to bring things with you like a flashlight and extendable mirrors so you can see what's going on in hidden spots - still a concern even if you are looking at new. Bring something to lay on and a ladder if you can or ask if they have a way for you to see the roof.

Good luck with your search and happy camping.

- thanks guys... I'm actually going to be living in it for about a year until my time in the military will be done with.. And then I may or may not keep it.. I'd like to but I may sell and use for a down payment on a house... Anywho... So it will be a daily thing.. I may move it just a couple times with in that year if I decide to go to padre island or something for a week... Just want something that I'm not gonna have to dump money into ya know.. Trying to save not spend.. Lol
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:00 PM   #5
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IMO, the biggest concern on an older unit is water damage; water spots on the ceiling, soft floors, soft or damaged roof, spongy walls, or moldy smell would indicate some water damage. Other concerns is towability; tires and axles.
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It took us a year to determine exactly what we wanted. It finally came down to needs vs wants. We did determine that for us, used was a bit too scary and we found that a new was not that much more expensive; so we bit the bullet.

Take plenty of time and good luck we your journey.
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:10 PM   #7
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Thanks... Another question.. How is financing done on a camper.. Is it like a mortgage loan or like a auto loan? Or is there like a special rec vehicle type of loan.. ? Always wondered that ...
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Similar to a car loan. If you're talking about a used unit, then the lending institution will normally only loan the blue book value minus a required down payment percentage. A lender may also not loan on an older unit.
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Similar to a car loan. If you're talking about a used unit, then the lending institution will normally only loan the blue book value minus a required down payment percentage. A lender may also not loan on an older unit.
Oh alrighty... Are you located in Texas? If so what area, I'm around corpus.. .
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:29 PM   #10
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No, I'm in South Louisiana, also in the military.
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