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garyemunson

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Posted: 08/02/20 08:19am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A lot of issues I'd rather avoid.

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mrad wrote:

This is not a concern for us right now, but if we decide to sell it down the road, will this be a road block to a potential buyer.

They will have the same question you have !

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Would there be any other concerns about buying such an RV?

My biggest concern would be the sub-floor.

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Don't walk away....RUN away. You don't need that many issues hanging over you if you want to enjoy RVing. My biggest concern would be the seller's honesty about WHY it was salvaged. Could have been many reasons but remember the historic FLOOD in Texas a few years ago? You say he was working on other units so that sounds like his "business".
The next buyer (when you sell) will have the same concerns as you.
There are too many GOOD units to waster your money and grief on this one!!

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Salvage title means the insurance company, in the past, decided the damage to the vehicle is greater than the amount they are willing to pay for the repair.

At that point, the insurance company generally lists the title as salvage the money is paid to the owner of the RV.

If the owner decides to keep the RV, then it's title is listed as Salvage and the repairs the unit with the money provide or it's off to the salvage yard it goes.

in this case, the owner (or the flipper) decided to repair the unit and resell it.

As others have said, if it's inspected, and it's clean, that's a decision you have to make. Personally, I wouldn't purchase a salvaged RV - because the way they are assembled to begin with is well below what I consider to be decent standards.

After just repairing my own 5er (and still in the process) i'm astounded they hold up as well as they do on the road.

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IDman wrote:

Don't walk away....RUN away. You don't need that many issues hanging over you if you want to enjoy RVing. My biggest concern would be the seller's honesty about WHY it was salvaged. Could have been many reasons but remember the historic FLOOD in Texas a few years ago? You say he was working on other units so that sounds like his "business".
The next buyer (when you sell) will have the same concerns as you.
There are too many GOOD units to waster your money and grief on this one!!


Okay, I am seeing the general opinion. I have a buddy who will be gong with me tomorrow who is well versed in RV construction to look at it.

The current owner has been using it for three years. He now has two small childeren and the wife prefers a smaller unit with a bunkhouse to put the kids in verses putting a sleeper in the garage on the beds. The other vehicles he was working on were at his personal residence. They were car restorations. He had them completely stripped down and was rebuilding them. We will most likely not buy as my wife didn't like the feel of the toyhauler.

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mrad wrote:

IDman wrote:

Don't walk away....RUN away. You don't need that many issues hanging over you if you want to enjoy RVing. My biggest concern would be the seller's honesty about WHY it was salvaged. Could have been many reasons but remember the historic FLOOD in Texas a few years ago? You say he was working on other units so that sounds like his "business".
The next buyer (when you sell) will have the same concerns as you.
There are too many GOOD units to waster your money and grief on this one!!


Okay, I am seeing the general opinion. I have a buddy who will be gong with me tomorrow who is well versed in RV construction to look at it.

The current owner has been using it for three years. He now has two small childeren and the wife prefers a smaller unit with a bunkhouse to put the kids in verses putting a sleeper in the garage on the beds. The other vehicles he was working on were at his personal residence. They were car restorations. He had them completely stripped down and was rebuilding them. We will most likely not buy as my wife didn't like the feel of the toyhauler.


I have had good luck purchasing salvage/rebuilt titled vehicles. As long as you go in eyes wide open and understand all the risks it can be a viable option. Other than the obvious checking everything out and independently confirm the quality of repairs. I also will not touch a rebuilt title vehicle unless I have full access to pre-repair damage and that can also be tricky.

Everyone selling always says something like, had some damage to front end but just needed a bumper. But also might mean they grafted on the front half of a donor car. Or it had some hail damage but didn't reveal that hail was also accompanied by 6 feet of flood waters.

Also, remember this is a branded title so the purchase price should reflect that. DO NOT over pay for a branded title.

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My only experience with a salvage/rebuilt title was on a car. I got a really good price because of the Rebuilt designation, but when it came time to sell I almost couldn't give the car away because of the title. The car looked perfect, but the pool of buyers for anything with a clouded title is diminished. But if you decide to go forward it will probably serve you well, just be prepared when the time to sell comes. I actually really enjoyed driving the car but locals wouldn't even look at it. Sold on eBay no reserve auction and sent it on it's way.

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