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Old 11-29-2012, 11:37 PM   #1
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2007 19 foot Safari Bambi SE - what to look for before buying

Hello, I have come across a 2007 Bambi safari SE 19 foot, it is at a dealer and they claim it is in excellent condition. My question to experienced owners is, what should I look for while inspecting this trailier? I have read the floor rot nightmares and the lack of sealant in ares ect. How can I tell if the is potential rot and or leakage? Is it out of the question to do a hose/ rain test on the trailier? Any little tips and suggestions that you can give me is greatly appreciated. And of course, my other question is, ....is 31,000 a fair price for a 2007 19 foot Bambi Safari SE

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Old 11-30-2012, 05:07 AM   #2
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Hi Walker,
My only advice is to do your homework!
I would find an independent expert to check the trailer if you can't do it yourself with confidence. My rule is trust but verify....
You can spend some time making sure that everything works. Open all doors, drawers, cabinets, windows etc. Look for wear and tear. Does the stove light? Oven? Have you seen the awning deployed? How old are the tires (don't ask, find the DOT date codes! I say six years max...) How old is the battery? What is the trailers service history? Can you contact the original owner/owners?
What is the floor material on this unit? Is it plywood or the dreaded OSB material used during this time period...
These are just some of the questions you need to answer before you buy.
As for price, you might compare prices found in classifieds.
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:07 AM   #3
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Thanks for the great advice.. I have written all this down and will use it during my inspection if we get that far. As far as price goes, it seems about high retail, it is about 2000 more then the NADA site suggests, but I have found only to use that site as a starting point with Airstreams. I will be looking for an inspector in the area of the rv. Once again Bruce.. Thank You!
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