Re: Replacing the top cover
I also bought a 2006 park model from a friend who got it unused. It had been in covered storage, and was used by his son for 2 years. So I now own it and have been it full time 6 months. I love living in this thing. Yes, it's tight and hard to keep clean with 2 dogs, and yes I know I have some serious repairs coming up in the Spring, but I only paid 1500 for it, knowing of major repairs to be done and I am not a well healed individual, but I LOVE to tinker.
Having said that, I understand from other forums that some units were cheated on subfloors and roofs/sealant/design. As a result of unknown issues with the roof, it has had rain coming down the back wall by the bunks since it left storage. I have to replace (at least) the roof -properly, and the subfloor. I may also have to replace some rotten joists or at least sister in some new. That's okay, because I will make modifications. In addition, the lighting and bathroom electric does not work. I see this as a live-in project and will stay in it as long as I possibly can while remodelling.
So I have no advice yet, but hang in there and I will share with you what I learn along the way. The real trick is to think smart about a project before spending the money for what may be a wrong repair or one made out of order with other repairs that may need to be done first.