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Old 05-10-2009, 08:21 PM   #15
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Really, that house is very well kept inside. Looks very clean and has been cared for looking!
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Old 05-10-2009, 09:04 PM   #16
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That rust is on the rear wheel well. From the rear of the camper I can only see 2 frame components. One of them is directly under the picture that you mention. The right one is in the 3rd group of pictures on the right, 2nd from the top. Now I'm off to the 'frame forum' for some more education
Maybe someone else will jump in and confirm or disagree with my above rust concern.

The photo below the rusty photo shows normal surface rust.

The other frame pics look OK, but the outriggers rust out first. Unfortunely for the most part they are hidden above the belly pan. Maybe you could get a peek at one or two from that hole in the belly pan.
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Old 05-10-2009, 10:00 PM   #17
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Maybe someone else will jump in and confirm or disagree with my above rust concern.

The photo below the rusty photo shows normal surface rust.

The other frame pics look OK, but the outriggers rust out first. Unfortunely for the most part they are hidden above the belly pan. Maybe you could get a peek at one or two from that hole in the belly pan.
Oh, it's definitely rust and you'll notice the bondo (automotive body filler) in the very same picture. I'm not sure why anyone would put that there.

The camper does seems to be taken care off... It's on the second owner who owns it for the last 19yrs. My gut feeling is telling me to buy it.
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Old 05-10-2009, 11:28 PM   #18
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Hi. Pulling rig is already waiting for some work. Currently I have an '06 F-350 diesel 4x4. It should go nicely with the Airstream. Here are some pictures
Whoa, that's more than enough. You could pull two Sovereigns with that baby!
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Old 05-11-2009, 06:33 AM   #19
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From all the pictures the coach looks pretty straight. The rusted outrigger could probably be patched / replaced. it doest not look like the structural integrity has been compromised, but it is something to get fixed so you do not introduce anymore moisture and road debris into the belly. The belly pan looks OK too...excpect for the one picture where there is a tear. Do you know the history on that tear? was it torn from outside or corroded from a water leak from above?

Check out the Trailer Inspection Checklist and that may help you in your quest.
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Old 05-11-2009, 07:00 AM   #20
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The rust in the wheel well area looks like it was caused by exposure to road salt and the elements. I think that is sealant (Vulkem) along the bottom edge to keep water from being thrown into the pan area from the tires. My TW is sealed that way as well from the PO.
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I'd like to thank everyone here helping me assess this camper.

I left a deposit it today and next weekend it should be sitting in my driveway. We're all very excited and can't wait to get it home . I think we need to do a test campout this weekend in my driveway
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Old 05-11-2009, 09:02 PM   #22
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Way to go and congratulations. Hope to get mine soon, still looking.
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