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Old 09-18-2021, 08:49 PM   #1
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Used camper inspection

Iím considering a used2017 basecamp. I looked it over. Thereís some surface rust on exterior under wheel wells and the heavy rust on stabilizer jack screw. As far as anything else it looks good to me. And there in lies the problem . I know nothing about what it takes to inspect a camper prior to purchasing. Any ideas? Thanks
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Old 09-18-2021, 09:33 PM   #2
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Welcome to the Forums!

Got to the top of the page where the Air Forums logo is, and click the "Portal" tab. Scroll down, and you should find a utility that helps you to identify Forums members who have volunteered to help do inspections. Also, you will find the "Trailer Inspector's Checklist." Go through the checklist, and you will have inspected pretty much everything. Having an experienced/calibrated set of eyeballs with you may help you to identify kludgey repairs or previous owner "upgrades."

The problem may be that Basecamps are quite different from the rest of the trailer lineup, so finding a volunteer inspector with Basecamp experience would be ideal, yet very difficult. But the good news is that something as recent as a 2017 is unlikely to have been fiddled with too much by the PO, so you are really just checking to make sure that the major appliances are all fully functional and that there are no rotten spots in the floor.

If you are really nervous, check with the local RV repair shops and see if they have a mobile tech service that you could use to have a truly "professional" inspection.

good luck!
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Old 09-19-2021, 10:21 AM   #3
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Welcome to the Forums!

Got to the top of the page where the Air Forums logo is, and click the "Portal" tab. Scroll down, and you should find a utility that helps you to identify Forums members who have volunteered to help do inspections. Also, you will find the "Trailer Inspector's Checklist." Go through the checklist, and you will have inspected pretty much everything. Having an experienced/calibrated set of eyeballs with you may help you to identify kludgey repairs or previous owner "upgrades."

The problem may be that Basecamps are quite different from the rest of the trailer lineup, so finding a volunteer inspector with Basecamp experience would be ideal, yet very difficult. But the good news is that something as recent as a 2017 is unlikely to have been fiddled with too much by the PO, so you are really just checking to make sure that the major appliances are all fully functional and that there are no rotten spots in the floor.

If you are really nervous, check with the local RV repair shops and see if they have a mobile tech service that you could use to have a truly "professional" inspection.

good luck!
Will do. Thanks!
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Old 09-19-2021, 10:36 AM   #4
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Hi

Towing a trailer on salted roads is not a great idea. If you do, a wash down after the fact is a good idea. It sounds a lot like this trailer went out and about in the winter and got put away without a wash.

You might want to do a search here on the forum for "basecamp fridge issues". That will bring you up to speed on what you might run into with this or that fridge and this or that mod to the fridge.

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