By Chuck Woodbury
I came across this posting on the Facebook group Full Time RV Living (a good group you may wish to join). Why, I wonder, would someone even ask whether it was wise to buy this RV (see photo below)? And the RV dealer just passes off the damage as “common in most 5th wheels due to weakness and pressure/weight from the slide.”
Of the nearly 500 comments on the post, about 95% said, “Don’t buy.”
Here’s the post:
I have a question but here’s the back story. Found a camper I liked at an RV dealer and got my appraisal report (great and very valuable info). While trying to work out logistics to go look at it I found the exact same year make and model of the camper only 5 hours away versus 12 hours so I hopped in the car and went to look.
I put a deposit down with the condition that it would have to pass the RV inspection at a local RV dealership. They sent me the picture below of this huge crack and said that it is common in most 5th wheels due to weakness and pressure/weight from the slide around this year and that they have since changed the design. Is this accurate and true information?
The RV dealer told me they recommend just putting heavy duty roof tape on it and not to even mess with getting it fiberglass repaired.
I need advice. Everything else checked out in great condition. Tomorrow they will check all the bearings, wheel wells, tires, etc. The tech said he checked the area where the crack was and said it was solid and not soft as far as he could tell. What advice do y’all have for this somewhat of a newbie?
What info would you ask the seller specifically about this crack? If it makes a difference it’s a 2014 Heartland Cyclone 4100, asking price of $33,000. Have to make a decision tomorrow or Thursday.