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BurbMan

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Posted: 02/26/19 08:38pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Have been RVing for years and have undertaken extensive repairs on my TT to remediate water leaks.

I know in general how RVs are constructed and am not afraid of tearing into them for repairs, but don't know much about truck campers per se. DW and I have been contemplating selling the TT and getting a TC or Class C, and this one popped up.

This is a 2001 Lance camper with a slide, dry inside, but the RF corner where the jack goes is shot. It's sitting on cinder blocks and not sure how to get it on a truck to move it.

We were looking for a project, but am concerned about the fiberglas buckled on the opposite corner....it this a major structural damage?

The price is right, what are your thoughts?

This is the RF corner where the jack attaches

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Here is the other side

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Posted: 02/26/19 08:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If it was free the price would not be right.

That is a lot of work, if it is damaged there it probably has issues in other places.


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Posted: 02/26/19 08:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wood framed truck campers are built like travel trailers. If you like projects and are familiar with water damage than have at it. Personally I wouldn't buy a project like this. If this camper has been neglected to the point of this much damage at this location I'm sure many other surprises will reveal themselves once you start peeling back the layers.


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Posted: 02/26/19 09:12pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Well coincidentally it IS free....I just have to move it off the lot where it is. Forgot to mention that the inside is bone dry, no water stains or signs of leaking at all.

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If your up for a considerable project... Lots of obvious water damage and delimitation apparent in those pics. Be ready to take a lot apart to get to the damage. And for it to look like it was repaired, unless your really good with body work. It would depend on my time availability and in person inspection if I were to take on that project. Been there, done that.


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Posted: 02/26/19 09:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How do I move it?

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Is it Lance ?
Typical issue with them.
Even on the picture you can see steel chanel in the vertical corner and steel chanel under the slide. But those steel angles were never connected and there is limit how much wood can hold. No dryrot necessary.
If you can get welder there, all it takes to patch the frame is add about 2" of steel to connect the channels. That suppose to be strong enough to support the jack on empty camper.
Once you get it home - you can make it longer project.
The siding buckled at cabover pivoting point is "normal" as well.

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Get a couple 4x10 10 footers. Slip one under the front and rear. You can build any additional support framing to support the front right corner. Get or rent a flat trailer and lift the camper high enough to get the trailer under it between the 4x10s. Strap it down securely with heavy truck cargo straps. Haul 8t home and reverse process to unload.


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You can lift a TC with only three jacks. It requires keeping the camper out of level with the back kitty corner jack low and the camper tilted back. Scary but possible.

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Since you are going to be tearing that entire corner apart anyway you could lag into whats left of the corner framing that isn't rot and bolt a 2x to the camper and use another 2x screwed to that down to the ground with a bottle jack or such.

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May I suggest you take a look at some of the rot restauration threads up in Truck Camper University? That is a sticky thread at the top of the forum page. It will give you an idea about what you are getting youself into. It is much more work than what it looks like.

The driver's side corner is probably no better than the passenger side. It just has not given away yet. When you load the camper, I would not expect that corner to be any more structurally sound than the other side.

To move the camper you will need to build some temporary structural reinforcements and attach them to the camper structure where it is still solid. Some disassemly is probably needed to find out where that is.

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