We've Found Our PUP

Discussion in 'Camper Pre-Purchase Questions' started by EvTech, Mar 2, 2009.

  1. EvTech

    EvTech Vancouver (not BC), WA (not DC)

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    We've been working for a few days now with the dealership. They started at $9,828.00 (odd number, I know, but I don't know where it came from) and we finally settled at $6,000.00 plus they are putting in a new battery and some baseball caps. I collect the caps so I had to make them throw them in as part of the deal!

    The PUP is a 2005 Fleetwood Niagara, one owner, and in good shape with the exception of one hole in the plastic window just above the stove. They wanted $500 to fix the hole but I figure I can either live with it or, possibly, fix it myself if I can find out how. :) Overall I really like the trailer but there are a couple small things I would have liked to have seen. It apparently doesn't have DSI for the water heater; at least neither the salesman nor I could find a switch for it. Also it doesn't have AC. That normally isn't a problem as we usually camp at the coast here in Washington and Oregon but we always go to a group campout with friends every August around the Portland area. I'm hoping to find a brochure for this year/model with the specifications listed conveniently but have been that lucky so far. Anyway, we're really looking forward to getting it home and making it ours.

    1999 Ford Ranger 4.0L V6
    Looking for the near-perfect PUP
    SW Washington State <img src=../Images/flags/us-army.jpg border=0 align=middle alt="US Army"> <img src=../Images/flags/us-powmia.jpg border=0 align=middle alt="POW/MIA">
     
  2. kmh1596

    kmh1596 Wilbraham, MA

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    Sounds like a sharp rig! Not that it matters, but sometimes the last number means what month it came in, etc... Meaning they may have taken that in in August. It gives the sales guys an idea of how much "movement" there may be in price, based on how long it's been there. This could be wrong, but it's how a LOT of car dealers do their pricing...

    Whichever the case, $6K for that rig sounds like a heck of a deal! Check with a local Upholstry guy, I'll bet they can fab something up for you. Worst you'd have to do is remove that piece of canvas, and bring it to them to repair. I'll bet they can repair and/or replace it.

    Get some pics of the rig up! <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Smile">

    *Kevin*
    <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle alt="PopUp"> 2001 Starcraft Constellation Gemini <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_suv.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Tow Vehicle"> 96 Cherokee 2dr 5spd,
    Booked '09: 49 <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_tongue.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Tongue">

    Edited by - kmh1596 on March 02 2009 02:22:59
     
  3. bud121156

    bud121156 Western North Carolina

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    Congrats on the new camper.
    Like Kevin said....lets see some pics! <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_camera.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Camera">

    Donnie & Cheryl
    North Carolina
    07 Fleetwood Westlake
     
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    awsandlin Active Member

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    You can get the plastic material at a fabric store and cut a patch. I fixed a hole for a buddy of mine by cutting two pieces and then using E6000 glue on both sides. It looks like a patch, but it works well.

    Allen
    2004 Fleetwood Utah
     
  5. hvac1877

    hvac1877 Old Dominion Iron Chefs Highland Springs, Va

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    Congrats to you on your new camper.

    Peter & Amy, 2008 2407 Starcraft <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle alt="PopUp">, 2003 Dodge Ram Quad Cab 4X4 <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_suv.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Tow Vehicle"> 08 nights <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_camping.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Camping"> -14 2009 nights booked -11
     
  6. Storm Trooper

    Storm Trooper Home is where you park it!

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    Congrats on the NTU pup...

    Lou

    32 days booked 09,<img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_camping.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Camping">49 nights camped 08
    07 Fleetwood Avalon (Great White) 03 Ford Expedition (Green Monstah)
     
  7. Mr Zip

    Mr Zip Member

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    Hey Great, Congrats on the PUP.

    Good Luck and Have Fun..I am sure you will.

    Post PIX!!!!

    Tom

    2007 Rockwood 2280
     
  8. jtbeck

    jtbeck New Member

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    Congratulations!

    When does it get to come home and live with you?

    Me (69), DW (69), DD (95), DS (00), DS (01) and Tucker the camping fox terrier (08)
    '00 Chevy Suburban 4x4, '06 Aerolite Cub 23BH
     
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    jdpenn New Member

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    Sounds like a great deal. I used a bicycle tire patch to repair a crack in my vinyl. You could also use a few pieces of that clear packing tape used to seal cardboard boxes. Put it on both sides. Enjoy it!

    JD
    2007 Fleetwood Williamsburg
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  10. Luv2ridebikes

    Luv2ridebikes New Member

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    Congratulations! We have an 05 Sequoia with most of the specs for all the Highlander models that year. What specifically were you looking for?

    BTW - The water heater is a manual light pilot/ gas heat only unless the previous owner changed out the heater.

    Steve & Deb (boys are grown & gone)
    Aspen & Riley (the 4 legged children)
    05 Fleetwood Sequoia & lot's of bikes! <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_bike.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Bicycle"><img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_bike.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Bicycle">
     
  11. kmh1596

    kmh1596 Wilbraham, MA

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    Another question.. How big is the hole in the <s>canvas</s> vinyl window? I have another solution which would work better, if its not too big, and it'd only cost you about $5 total and 5 minutes! <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Smile">

    <b>Manufacturer Website</b>

    <b>Eastern Mountain Sports</b> has them as well.

    I used one of these on a small tear I had in the linoleum floor of my camper. Worked amazing. THe size is 1.75x3", so not all that large, but it all depends on the size of the hole.

    Having worked at a bike shop, I had used them before and they're VERY strong. Put one on each side of the hole (inside/outside) and you'll probably never have a problem again. Wait until it's warm out though, or it won't stick properly. I'd also clean up the vinyl prior to sticking it on too.

    You <i>should</i> be able to get them at any bike shop. If not, they're readily available online, but even a bike shop that doesn't have them, should be able to order them with ease.

    Good Luck!

    *Kevin*
    <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle alt="PopUp"> 2001 Starcraft Constellation Gemini <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_suv.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Tow Vehicle"> 96 Cherokee 2dr 5spd,
    Booked '09: 49 <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_tongue.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Tongue">

    Edited by - kmh1596 on March 02 2009 16:43:38
     
  12. Unstable_Tripod

    Unstable_Tripod Well, there's your problem!

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    I think the OP is saying that the hole is in the clear plastic window covering and not in the canvas.

    1998 Explorer Sport & 2007 Fleetwood Yuma
     
  13. grcooperjr

    grcooperjr Lunatic

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    Congrats on the New PUP....

    Now you can break it in at one or both of these events....

    <center>Barview Oregon Coast Getaway Weekend</center>
    <center>OR</center>
    <center>BAS/Bruneau Dunes State Park Campout/Starparty</center>

    we are in spot 50 at Barview and spot 64 at Bruneau Dunes State Park

    See ya there if you want to attend either or both....

    BTW congrats again on the new rig, Now GO CAMPING....

    Ray Cooper - Tigard OR. - Skype id: GRCOOPERJR
    <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_suv.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Tow Vehicle"> 2007 Hummer H3 - <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle alt="PopUp"> 2007 Fleetwood Evolution E3
    The boys & one Girl... Katie, Buddy, Toby, Ralphie, Sammy, & D.B."Cooper"

    Edited by - grcooperjr on March 02 2009 16:57:37
     
  14. Digger

    Digger Foothills of Central Virginia

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    Congrats on the new Niagara! Here is the specs sheet for the 2004 model year...I doubt much has changed...hope it helps.


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    ~Cheers~ <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_scooter.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Scooter"> Ðigger
    '04 Fleetwood Westlake (StonyBlue)/'02 Ford E-150
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    Crackshot New Member

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    Ditto on the congrats on the new PUP!
    I am sure you are really going to like it!

    2006 GMC Envoy
    2001 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad cab 4X4
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  16. EvTech

    EvTech Vancouver (not BC), WA (not DC)

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    Wow, thanks for all the advice! Yes, the hole is in the clear plastic window. Looks like about 2 to 2.5" in an irregular blob-type shape. :)

    I discovered that the Fleetwood home page allows one to download and print out brochures, with the specs, for units going clear back to the 1970's, so I've now got a brochure with all the specs. Helped to answer my questions.

    We hope to pick it up next Monday, March 9. Gotta do a camp driveway so we can practice set-up and take-down and also confirm we're able to use all systems. I've also got to design some sort of system to combine the separate drain for the shower and the drain for the sink.

    1999 Ford Ranger 4.0L V6
    2005 Fleetwood Niagara
    SW Washington State <img src=../Images/flags/us-army.jpg border=0 align=middle alt="US Army"> <img src=../Images/flags/us-powmia.jpg border=0 align=middle alt="POW/MIA">
     

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