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However, the bank would then put out a statement that if the serial number of the truck camper ever appears (in insurance claims, loan applications, repairs, etc.) it would be considered stolen and the property of the bank.  The buyer of the used truck camper would then be out $20,000 and the truck camper.

To keep this from happening, the buyer should ask for an original bill of sale showing there there was no lien on the camper at the time of purchase.  Or if there is a lien, a letter from the bank showing the UCC has been released from the bank on the unit.

I had a close call with this.  I was told the unit was paid off and it was not.  However, the customer did finally pay it off after my check to him cleared.  It’s the same thing with tractors, four wheelers, outboard motors, etc.  It’s quite easy to get scammed.” – Dave Hofert, D&H RV Center

Tip 8: Ask About Turnbuckle Use and Inspect Tie-Down Points

“While you’ve covered almost everything imaginable, many of which I’ve never done or even really thought of, the one item which I didn’t see mentioned was the type of tie-downs used.

By this I mean the I-bolts that are screwed into the camper to which you connect your Fastguns or other type of turnbuckle.  I learned the hard way that our camper had standard steel I-bolts.  On a particularly hard bounce I straightened out the rear two I-bolts and was left with my turnbuckle chains dragging on the ground.

I was fortunate that close by (this happened in a very small town) was a hardware store. I was able to replace with the same sort of steel I-bolts which worked until we returned home.  Once home I replaced all the I-bolts with stainless steel which are noted to be much stronger.” – Dave Pracht, 2015 GMC Denali K3500, 1987 Lance LC 900

Tip 9: Always Verify Truck and Camper Fit Compatibility

“Make sure the camper will fit your truck.  Newer Chevys have a small bump out in the side support near the tailgate which can put the camper off center about 1.5-inches, depending on the camper.  I was able to rework the section and removed 1-inch from the camper’s wall in that area.” – Gene Funk, 2016 Chevy 3500, 1997 Alpenlite Laredo 10

“Make sure it fits your truck bed!” – Gordon Townsend, 2015 Silverado 2500, 2018 Cirrus 920

Editor’s Note: You are absolutely correct Gene and Gordon.  We have another article titled, How To Match A Truck and Truck Camper that covers this important topic in detail.

Tip 10: Check the Wings and Jack Attachments

“When the used truck camper is on the jacks inspect not only the camper’s underside, but the wings and jack attachments.

Tip 11: Look for Water Leak Stains around Plumbing Fittings

Pressurized water fittings (pump, water heater, hoses to faucets, etc.) will leave a stain if they have leaked.  Stains in any wood raise the concern of dry rot weakening of the wood.  Actually, the connectors are more likely to leak than the hoses.

Tip 12: Carefully Look At the Front Roof-Nose Seal

A roof seal likely to leak is at the juncture of the front of the roof and the top rear of the nose.  It can be difficult to access, and therefore poorly inspected and maintained.  The front bedroom window seal is always suspect.” – Philip Tron, 2009 chevy 3500 crew dually, 2012 Lance 1050

Tip 13: Use an Infrared Digital Thermometer to Detect Water Intrusion

“You pretty well covered everything except I prefer Sikaflex sealants over Eternabond and I use an Infrared Digital Thermometer to look for water intrusion.

With an IR thermometer, there will always be a temperature difference between a wall with no moisture intrusion and one with because the mold and rot behind the wallboard / wall covering will create heat and that will show on the IR.  If you find a temperature differential, it’s time to investigate further.

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