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Old 11-20-2020, 01:29 PM   #1
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Angry New to Camping - regretting it so far.

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.
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Old 11-20-2020, 09:48 PM   #2
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New to Camping - regretting it so far.

Feel terrible for you. The cynic in me wonders if the seller new about all this but good luck proving that or getting him to do anything.

Those repairs sound crazy expensive and I donít know if I would put all that money into a trailer if there was anyway to sell it or part it out. Maybe you can trade it in on another one? If you look at what you need to spend to fix it and then add that to the trade in you will know in real money what you are getting towards a new one.

And as long as you maintain it by checking the roof for wear and damage you should not expect the amount of damage you have on this one. You can expect plenty of other repairs and maintenance over the years for sure but not water damage.

Good luck.
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Old 11-21-2020, 10:38 AM   #3
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Sorry about the bad news. Maybe try a private or small RV repair center. Those prices sound like CW or something. Maybe try reaching out to the original owner? Doubtful he would offer a rebate but maybe? Otherwise trade in for a new unit. It's tough buying used. You really have to know your stuff, otherwise it's easy to get burned. Even buying used from a dealer. Hope it works out.
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Update on damage

Dealer found a hole in the roof caused by a tree branch so insurance is going to cover the roof replacement. Started looking around the internet for ways to repair the other damage. It looks like most of the repairs will be fairly easy due to the unit only being 2 years old. I now know what to look for and if I'm able to repair the other, smaller issues, I can stay ahead of any further damage.
One thing I decided is there is no use in trading it in if newer units are built just as poorly.
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