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Old 07-28-2018, 06:25 PM   #1
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Default Possibly Buying a Used Fun Finder. Need Advice.

Hello everyone! My wife and I are considering buying a used 2012 Fun Finder X 189 FBS. We looked far and wide on the Internet and can't seem to find a lot of information about the quality of these trailers. I'm trying to get a sense of what are common problems and how reliable the electrics/plumbing/AC/slide outs/etc. are in these units, especially the early 2010s models. The camper is in great shape cosmetically and all systems currently work but as you know, you never know what happens after you take it home. I'm very handy (I built our current camper that has 12v/120v electric, AC, plumbing in the galley), so I'm not afraid to do most maintenance items. I need to know what I should be looking for when I inspect it and what kind of possible repair costs I am looking at with a Fun Finder of this vintage. The price the current owner is asking for is fair and in line with market value which is many thousands less than a newer camper of this build quality and features. I just don't want most of the cost savings that I would get buying this Fun Finder being lost to repairs.

Thank you for your time. I may be a Fun Finder owner in the very near future!

Brian
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Old 07-28-2018, 07:08 PM   #2
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The quality of Fun Finders is pretty good -- we have a 2012 X-139 and it has been trouble free. But a few folks have gotten lemons. If the trailer you are looking at has survived six years, it is most likely not a lemon.

As far as I know, there are no special problems that are unique to Fun Finders. There have been some reported cases of delaminations, a few roof leaks, a few window leaks, etc. Just the usual things that happen to older trailers.

Since you are a "handy" person, you will have no problem maintaining it. I am much less skilled than you are and have made a lot of successful modifications.

I should add that we camp about 80 nights a year, travel about 10,000 miles a year, and do a lot of boondocking on very rough forest roads. So our trailer has not led a sheltered life. (And it is parked outside on our driveway, all year long.)
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Old 07-28-2018, 08:44 PM   #3
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our's too is well built and everything work well. it's older, a 2006, and the T139, which is a wood and metal model. But before we bought it, we noticed some soft spots indicating a window had leaked. the roof material was in good shape, but not the calking around the seams. It was a big job to clean all the loose, old sealant off, clean and re calk the roof seams and penetrations. We re-sealed the windows with butyl tape, replaced a cracked skylight, things like that. I know the X models are the smooth walled campers, I don't know what can go wrong with them, except delimitation, which is easy to spot. fridges & AC are the most expensive things to replace. good luck!
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You won’t find a lighter double axel trailer (that I can find). And the designs are pretty good. If you can go for the white cupboards as they make the interior appear larger.

Some weak spots for water intrusion are the front window (esp pre 2010) and the two lights up high on front exterior that go on when you turn on your headlights and where the antenna is on the roof. So be vigilant with the caulking.
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Thank you for the information! We are about to go see the trailer now.
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Old 07-29-2018, 12:13 PM   #6
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We have the 2012 for 2 years now. The camper was well kept. We were not able to meet the owners unfortunately we do not have a history.
We had a very small ac issue as mud bugs built a nest. We have a leak in the side window we will have take care of.
We changed the mattress to foam. The camper tows beautifully. We love it. Will most likely we will replace the couch next year.
The information given on this site is outstanding. Good luck
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Old 07-29-2018, 03:40 PM   #7
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Aside from what was said above, probably the biggest headache you will have is getting all the water flushed out of your fresh water tank. It is likely that the tank sits on rails below the floor and is bowed below the drain. The result is that several gallons of water get held up. There are way to fix this so don't worry too much about it.
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We have a 2008 189FBR. No problems with our water since the tank is inside

We did have a problem with the sewer vent for black tank. They cut it short and it was sticking slightly below the roof and had the final vent cover cemented over it. Foul smell went everywhere inside the roof and the trailer reaked when you towed it somewhere.. No smell if sitting still for several days. I had to extend the pipe through the roof and install a turbo vent.
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Default We are buying the Fun Finder!

We agreed to buy our new-to-us 2012 Fun Finder M-189 FBS and pick it up from the seller on Wednesday. All appliances, AC, plumbing, heater/hot water, and slider work. Cosmetically, exterior is in good shape for its age. Awning needs a good scrub but is intact and functional. Interior is in terrific shape. Roof was just replaced by a RVIA certified pro in the past month prior to sale due to a tree branch tearing a hole in the original roof. Roof job looks to be done properly. Two tires look to be original so they will be replaced immediately. We also need advice on a new mattress but I will put up a separate post for that.

Since I tend to fix everything myself and love to modify things to better meet my needs, I'm sure you will see my posts popping up shortly.
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Great news, and welcome to the club!! Where are you located? What trips do you have planned?
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