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#1 OFFLINE   busfacebitbit



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Posted 09 May 2018 - 12:51 AM

   Well after a long winter, I finally got to work on the old 66 truck. New wiring fixed the light problems and just finished putting discs brakes on the front. Still need to add power steering. Now to the camper. Within easy driving distance is a shadow cruiser camper. Looks really goodand owner has stated that it was always garage kept when not in use. Is there opinions out there on these campers? Price seems fair for what seems to be a well cared for unit.

#2 OFFLINE   joerg68



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Posted 09 May 2018 - 02:31 AM

Any camper that was treated well and that was regularly maintained can be in good shape regardless of its age. The original build quality matters less after a couple of years of use or abuse, maintenance or neglect.


The camper should have no leaks - which may be difficult to detect when it is stored dry. You can sometimes see water stains, but the absense of evidence is not really evidence of absence here. The way campers are built, a leak tends to let water into the camper structure and not back out again easily. Which aggravates any water intrusion issue rather quickly. But most inside surfaces are covered in some plastic, and may look remarkably intact even if there is significant rot behind. And any problems that you can see or smell usually turn out to be much bigger once you start disassembly.


Everything should work and the owner should be able to give you a full presentation of all features.


The jacks, especially, should be straight and there should be no movement in the jack mounts.


There was an article not long ago in TCM on how to inspect a used camper: https://www.truckcam...d-truck-camper/


When the camper was in dry storage and only infrequently used, be prepared to run into issues once you start to use it more frequently, or keep it outside. You might want to give it a very thorough inspection and reseal everything that looks the least bit questionable right at the beginning.

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#3 OFFLINE   Norske


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Posted 11 May 2018 - 07:18 PM

There is, or was, a very good video about inspecting used RVs on YouTube.  Look for it.

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