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Old 11-02-2006, 09:44 AM   #1
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Buying used - what to look for

I'm new to this forum. Considering purchasing of a used 1999 Flagstaff 25DL. Any advice on what I should look for, e.g. any known/common problems with these units? What about the roof - I'm worried given it is 7 years old and stored outside (in Michigan) year 'round. What's the life expectancy of a roof. The unit appears in excellent condition; would appreciate any advice on what to look for plus typical pricing. Thanks!
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Old 01-04-2007, 01:27 PM   #2
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I would look for evidence of any water leakage - stains on ceiling near openings and around windows. Also guess big blotches of caulking on roof. Andy soft spots (indicates water damage/rot) in floor or roof? If original stiil - the tires and batteries will have to be replaced. I'd put water in it and test plumbing for leaks and ensure it all works properly. I'd insist on a DMV inspection (most states require them - they pull a wheel and check brakes, plus for CO2 problems. Ceck AC/fridge/stove and furnace too.
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Old 01-05-2007, 07:38 AM   #3
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Give it the old sniff test. If there's mildew or rot you can smell it. If it's got a heavy frangrance of spray or deorderizer it might be masking something. Slowly walk the floor especially around the bath area feeling for soft spots. Look inside where roof meets walls watch for new paint or stained ceiling or wall tiles. Roofs a made to be kept outside but should be checked yearly for cracks in the caulking around vents and seams. After you checked it out stand back and let your spouse or significant other look around. A woman has a different eye than a man. If everything suits both of you jump right in and join the fun.
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Old 01-19-2008, 09:39 PM   #4
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Work with a honest dealer, check their history. Along with all the things you have heard in this thread, insist on a a detailed checkout by dealer. check maintenance records with the trailer. Many roofs have a limited 12 year warranty or less but this assumes proper annual maintenance. the tires and batteries, depending on age will need replacement. appliances normally have a 2-3 year warranty so detailed checkout is necessary, the seller should be sensitive to your concerns and willing to work with you if it is a good quality unit.
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