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Considering buying a brand new class C

Have been looking at used class C's for a while now and virtually everyone has some degree of rot or delamination in the cab over portion. Is it inevitable due to design or does everyone just suck at maintaining them?

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I don't believe it is inevitable, although the ones with window in the cabover seem to have more problems than those without, but any of them can have leaks, unfortunately you may not notice them right away, which creates a worse problem.
Maintenance may not be a matter of neglect or poor maintenance, I resealed mine before we left on a cross country trip, a 4 month trip, before we got home, I had a serious leak at the front seam.


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There are plenty of well maintained used Class C's for sale that have no cabover problems. Maybe you selecting Class C's that are deeply discounted?


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link30240 wrote:

Considering buying a brand new class C

Have been looking at used class C's for a while now and virtually everyone has some degree of rot or delamination in the cab over portion. Is it inevitable due to design or does everyone just suck at maintaining them?


I'd say the latter. I bet 90%+ of owners don't have a clue about seal maintenance.

When the roof leaks on your house, you get a new roof. When the seals leak on an RV, it's already too late because it's rotten underneath.


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I've had the marker lights leak more often than the window.

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Dusty R wrote:

I've had the marker lights leak more often than the window.

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SidecarFlip wrote:

link30240 wrote:

Considering buying a brand new class C

Have been looking at used class C's for a while now and virtually everyone has some degree of rot or delamination in the cab over portion. Is it inevitable due to design or does everyone just suck at maintaining them?


I'd say the latter. I bet 90%+ of owners don't have a clue about seal maintenance.

When the roof leaks on your house, you get a new roof. When the seals leak on an RV, it's already too late because it's rotten underneath.


Wouldnt say a 2005 class c for 27k was deeply discounted. was a pretty nice looking unit too. but when I started pushing the areas around and above the cab it was easily apparent how soft it was compared to other areas.

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I think it's both. Leaks are easy to come by especially on older models and a lot of owners don't know how to check and/or seal.

Having completely rebuilt my cab over I have become a lot more careful about sealing and it has become easier to understand why the leaks happen and give a little grace to regular folks who own motorhomes.


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