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Bumpyroad

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dennych1 wrote:

How many people camping in a 11 or 12 year old camper. Do you think I'm crazy look to purchase one. ?


if it has a rubber roof, yes.
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I would say if rubber roof was exposed to sun most of its life.
The mentioned 17 years old camper I have, that spend most of its life in "wet" places has rubber roof and the coating is in very good condition. Way better than cabover floor. Caulking require some attention, but the rubber holds pretty well. I still plan to pressure wash it and cover with that $200/bucket new technology stuff from Home Depot.
Mainly becouse the front joint gives me some headaches.





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HadEnough wrote:

The only real drawback is many campgrounds.

I have an absolutely beautiful 2002 Dodge Ram 2500 and 2006 Arctic Fox TC.

Both go together perfectly., are spotless, are clean and other than being white, don’t look “old” in any way. Every system on board works and the truck is well maintained.

However, some campgrounds have turned me away upon learning the model year.

So check on your destinations first as well.

Thankfully, I almost never use campgrounds, but it’s an issue to consider.


Of the camper or truck? Either way if They has to ask I would have told them what they needed to hear to get a spot!
But like you, I don’t camp in them kind of places anyway.


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I think the excuse was more becouse of camper than the age.
for previous teen years I was using 1972 Prevost conversion.
Have been to several "less than 10 yo" campgrounds.
Never been turned away.

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I have a 95 Dodge Cummins 3500 and a 2008 Sunlite/Apache 865. Just came back from a 34 day 7600 mile trip to Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada. Zero problems. Even drove the Apache Trail.

Stayed in National Park and National forest campgrounds. They don't care what you got or how old it is. Only mistake I made was coming back to the Cold Frozen North too quick [emoticon]


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2005 Shadow Cruiser on a 2000 F250. Never was turned away for age but once they said they didn't allow truck campers. Then said they had lots of empty spots and if I was willing to park in one of less desirable spots I could stay. We were tired so we road around in their golf cart and I picked a spot in the area they used for hire summer help, for our needs (shade, we have no AC) it was better than the other parts of the campgrounds.

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The biggest thing is not age, it's if the sealing has been kept up with.

Also, some types of construction are easier to wok on (seal, fix, maintain) etc than others.

Slide-outs add another level of maintenance.

When factoring in the cost of new campers, buying used was a not brainer for me. I would not be able to afford a new one anyway.

That way, you can try it out, and see what works for you, what you like and don't like, and not break the bank. You can always break the bank later [emoticon]

I bought my 2001 Lance with aluminum siding last year, did some sealing and some upgrades myself, for about 5 times less than a new camper. It was a no brainer.


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We have a 98 Corsair (8ft) and I don't us replacing it any time soon... When we purchased the camper I had to replace the rubber roof and some of the roof structure due to damage from the previous owner, but I knew this going in and was able to repair it myself...

As said already, the age isn't as important as how it's been maintained and it's overall condition...

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I think it’s crazy to buy one NEWER than at least 10 or 12 years old!
Have you seen how expensive they are? Totally not worth it!
I use a 1987 Vacationeer. Everything works and it was paid for in one easy payment.
I put my money into my real houses. It’s a lot better investment!


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With any TC, it's not the age but where it was stored and how it was maintained. Hard to beat inside storage and some TLC on seals. A little care ='s many years of use.

Of I went to campground that refused me because of my age, I's sue them. Attorneys love that stuff. Called discrimination.


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