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Old 07-12-2012, 08:14 PM   #1
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please help beginner

Hello everyone i am glad i have found this site. i am about to buy my first camper and dont really know what i should be inspecting when looking at used campers i found a 2006 flagstaff m-829BHSS for 10500 its seems to me and nice shape. So is that a fair market vaule? any comments on this camper would be much appreciated.

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Old 07-12-2012, 08:33 PM   #2
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Hello everyone i am glad i have found this site. i am about to buy my first camper and dont really know what i should be inspecting when looking at used campers i found a 2006 flagstaff m-829BHSS for 10500 its seems to me and nice shape. So is that a fair market vaule? any comments on this camper would be much appreciated.

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I just traded my 832bhss 2006 for 10,000
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Old 07-12-2012, 08:39 PM   #3
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Thanks , how did you like that trailer, is there any problem areas i should be looking for. sorry i really have no clue when it comes to campers and what to look for
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Old 07-12-2012, 08:53 PM   #4
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Welcome, first of all!

You can do a search for "PDI" for help on what to look for on any camper. In general, plan an hour or two to inspect everything. Start with the outside walls for delamination. Inspect the floor and interior walls for soft spots or discoloration that might be the residuals from past leaks. Climb up on the roof and check all seams and the caulk and look for any damage. Next, work EVERY system - water and waste, power, cooling and heating, slides, and every appliance. Use both A/C and D/C. That's just the basics and there are others with your trailer that can help with more details.

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Old 07-12-2012, 08:55 PM   #5
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I'm no expert, but look for water leaks, soft spots in the roof, soft spots in the floor, check the condition of the undercarriage, and general condition. If your not sure of your expertise, try to bring a friend who knows, something like bringing a mechanic to check out a used car after all it will be a a big investment. Good luck.
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Old 07-12-2012, 09:04 PM   #6
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thanks , those are the kind of things i was wondering about , can you walk on the roof? i did find someone that has owned campers to come check it out with me. Do you guys know if that price seems fair . like i said i really have know clue about if they hold there value
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thanks , those are the kind of things i was wondering about , can you walk on the roof? i did find someone that has owned campers to come check it out with me. Do you guys know if that price seems fair . like i said i really have know clue about if they hold there value
You can walk on the roof. Just don't do a jig up there

As for value, I think that is area specific, but Turbo gave you something to use in comparison.
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Thanks , how did you like that trailer, is there any problem areas i should be looking for. sorry i really have no clue when it comes to campers and what to look for
We loved it but wanted a 5th wheel.
We had very few issues.
My dw misses it.
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Old 07-12-2012, 09:21 PM   #9
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Call your local bank to get a idea for pricing Loan \ Retail.

Check for water leaks make them plug it up to the city water and run the water
Rotten or soft floors
Awining damage
leaks under sink and toilet
around the tires for damage from blow out
Black and Gray tanks for leaks
Water pump works. This is the pump that will give you water from the white fresh water tank without the city water hooked up
Slides dragging

That AC works
Fridge Works
Hot Water Heater works

Climb on the roof and make sure it is in good shape

This is off the top of my head. If you have a friend or know someone who camps have them go take a look with you. People who camp are most the time aware of ALL the things that get worn out and damaged from not being taken care of.

Please don''t let this list make you think twice of joining the camping family. It is a ton of fun with lots of great memories!!
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Rent it for a week-end. That will give you a chance to check it out. If it doesn't rain, make sure you hose it down real good, or wait and inspect it again right after a hard rain. If you can't tow it yet, make them take it to a local campground, pay them for that also of course. If they want to sell it, and feel it is in good shape, it can be worked out.
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Old 07-13-2012, 05:11 AM   #11
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I am really thankful for all of your tips. I am looking forward to buying our first camper. I just wanted to be prepared for what to look for. i am going back to check the camper out so i will look into all of these things. i am buying it from a lady that got it in her divorce so she can't really answer all of my questions because her ex husband usually took care of everything. i am sure i will have more questions later after i check it out
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3 main things to check before you go ahead with this camper/ Check the outside fiberglass finish for bubbling and waiving. Delamination can be a very expensive thing to fix. If you see this dont buy it. Next go under with a old blanket and check the floor membrane all around and touch with your finger applying pressure. If you feel some soft spot stay away from this trailer. . Borrow a step ladder from the dealer and check the roof. Check the roof membrane for condition. Is it rotting and chalky. How is the caulking condition, etc. If all these items are good you can think about a dealing price with the dealer.
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Old 07-13-2012, 07:57 AM   #13
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Here's a PDI checklist that will give you good reference for what to checkout. http://www.eaa1358.com/Wildcat/Checklists/PDI%20Checklist.pdf
Resale values for this trailer as per NADA book is 11550 high to 9590 low so 10500 is a fair price if it's in good condition and everything works!
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My $.02 = if that 2006 is in like-new condition and comes with various accessories / camper gear, then it seems like a fair price. That number looks like a dealer lot price rather than a private sale, at least in my neck of the woods. Triguy is correct, like many big purchase items, prices can vary greatly depending on area.
I recently paid 2K less than that for an 06 27BHSS in very good condition with lots of accessories (from complete hitch setup to supply of toilet paper!). I paid the owner what a local dealer was going to pay him for it, same dealer he bought it from. Maybe I just got lucky!

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