Good morning all,
Not to be a downer on the 1st post but I am at my wits end. I grew up camping and thought I had a leg up getting into it. Little did I know about what to look for and what could go wrong.
We bought a slightly used 2018 Dutchman Atlas 2912BH from a private seller hoping to save thousands over the dealers. We looked it over and thought we were getting a deal. It had been lived in for about a year and never moved from the campground in Florida.
A couple months later after 3 short trips, we notice the slideout wall was spongy, then further investigation showed other signs of water damage. Took it to a dealer and they found a small hole in the roof. They started writing up quotes:
1. Slide out wall - $3800
2. Front closet - $3400
3. Roof repalce - $9800
4. Sidewall Delamination - $8-10K
Of course, none of this is covered on the 3 year Structural Warranty. The main reason I chose a 2 year old camper is to stay ahead of problems like these. Now we have the chance to trade ours for a new camper and I don't even want to think "Are we going to have these issues with a new unit in a couple of years?"
Any words of advice are much appreciated.