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mkenyon2

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Posted: 10/25/21 07:47am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The exciting news is my wife and I have pinned down exactly what we're looking for in a used TT. We spent several hours Saturday on a dealer's lot and stretched our budget up to ~$13k and picked one that looked good. We put a deposit down on a Used 2013 Heartland Travel Trailer RV
Trail Runner SLT 25 SLE. (https://www.rvtrader.com/listing/2013-He........tland-Trail-Runner-SLT-25-SLE-5018046751)

The only thing we're worried about is that inside we noticed a couple of the ceiling panels had a bit of sag. I'm assuming some type of delamination. You only notice it if you press on the ceiling, so my feeling is, if this is from leaking, and the leak has been fixed, I could live with the small sag.

Is that a safe assumption?

The second question comes up... on our way home we stopped at another, smaller but more local dealer and saw another TT with the same floorplan, 1 year older, but seeming to be in better condition for around the same price. I'm planning to go look at it today (it was dark when we looked before) and see if there are any concerns with that one.

How bad would it be to drop the first one if we decide we like this second one better?


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Posted: 10/25/21 08:13am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The question is would they give you your deposit back? You have to do whats right for you. They may not unless you have an agreement to the contrary.


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Posted: 10/25/21 08:26am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Depending on what is said in your contract and receipt you could lose your downpayment (or a portion of it) if you decide to backout of the deal if it mentions the downpayment is nonrefundable.

Your deposit question would be better answered by the dealer you put the money down at..

As far as the sagging ceiling goes, some sag can be considered normal between the ceiling /roof joists as there is unsupported space between the joists. Excessive sag with discoloration of the ceiling panels would be a big red flag of a major leak in the past or ongoing leak in the present.

Lets face it, you are looking at 8+ yr old used RVs, some things to fix or address are to be expected..

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If your intuition's batting average has been more right than wrong, then: Use the force, Luke.

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Posted: 10/25/21 08:36am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Tell them the loan for the remaining funds was not approved....hope this clause was in the document you signed when you gave them a deposit. Doubt they will want to return your funds if they know you are buying from another dealer.

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Tough call. Are they sagging in the middle on on the edge? Mine have a small sag in them that I can push up on. I pulled down one of the AC vents and I could see up into the ceiling and there is no sign of leakage. Maybe the dealer will have one of their people pull down a vent or two so you can stick your phone up there and take a picture.

As far as getting the deposit back, only the dealer can tell you. Hopefully they will allow it though.


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Thanks for all the info. This site has been really reassuring during this process.
Here's the update. The 2nd trailer is in a pending state, so I'm guessing it's off the table.
The first one sent us some pics of the roof.
https://resource.kenect.com/YJ7kdRPWTTQNQ
https://resource.kenect.com/cK6uXRPWTTQNQ
https://resource.kenect.com/byA47RPWTTQNQ

Any thoughts or suggestions?

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Looks like caulk has not been maintained. Several areas showing cracks in caulk. Probably has leaked and is still leaking. No way I would buy it.

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I'd of offered them $7000 and would of been prepared to do a substantial amount of work to it. Those Tom Shaeffer shceisters will be more than glad to grab your deposit. They're stealers, nor dealers.


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Getting a deposit back from a signed contract is doubtful, unless there is a stipulation in the contract. If you are on good terms with the RV dealer/salesperson, maybe??

Ceiling panels may sag a little over time. A person familiar with leaks can tell if sag is water intrusion.

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