On another forum I posted a thread called "sawmill camper" and am discussing all things concerning buying a camper to use as my onsite camper when milling but I thought many of you here may have experience with such things too and after all, lots of cabin builders need 'support campers' to stay in while building. I stayed in a tent trailer in my case as many of you know and it was great...now I'm looking at this:
Found this 1995 Angler 9D on CL for $1k....owner said it had some 'condensation damage'.....NADA shows low retail is $825 to $1235 which I'm assuming does not account for the damage....maybe she'd take $500? $750?
This is the damaged spot. I can put my hand through it without trying.
You can clearly see the damage here.
One other spot had some minor (what I'd think of as minor in comparison to this major damage) water damage.
Owner said she sealed the roof every year and I looked at the roof and it appeared to be sealed without cracks etc....my guess is a leaking window above the seat.
I wonder if it can be repaired by cutting out the bad spot and fixing in new plywood? Is it even worth it?
My thoughts are swing from 'no' to 'maybe' due to the price. I'm not cheap but if I can save several grand by buying an older (read $1000) camper and make it work for a year or two and pay off the sawmill truck first then I'm much more likely to go out (specially if I like the camper option for the mill jobs) and buy a newer or even new camper with slides etc. I could do it now but I suppose you get to this place by NOT doing those things all the time
so I'm looking at this camper thinking "I could cut out that bad plywood, affix new plywood in it's place (maybe sandwich a piece in with 1/4" on top and bottom), rip out the bad panel and re-insulate and put in some Home Depot paneling in it's place, seal the crap outta it and make it work.
Here are a few pics of the interior
Drawbacks other than the damage shown:
1. Minor water damage in main bed area by one window
2. No AC (which isn't an issue unless you are milling in August in lower elevations or it's 90+ during the day and the camper is roasting in the sun all day
3. 3" foamy bed -- I'm 240lbs (though I hope to get back to at least 230 before long) and sleeping on a foamy induces pain more often than not.
1. Outside shower -- can wash off the dust before entering
2. Wet Bath -- bathroom in remote places? Ya that's a pro, so's the dinky shower.
3. Supposedly everything works (hot water, stove, fridge -- I saw the lights all worked).
4. Had grand kid bunk bed (they always want to go with Grandpa)
Roof looks well cared for and she said she treated it annually. My thought is she forgot the windows and her grandkids saw it was getting wet and left it (she's in her 70's or 80's now).
Otherwise it seems solid and reasonably well maintained and I suspect would go for $3000 if it wasn't for the rotten seat under the window (which i wonder if it has any structural characteristics) which leads me to my last pro: if I buy it, fix it up a little, repair the damage nicely I could probably sell it next year for $2500 and use that to step up to a much nicer one with AC
Thoughts? Am I crazy for even considering it?