Disabled veteran sold RV with hidden problem

My name is John.  I am a 10 year U.S. Navy permanently disabled veteran  diagnosed with acute intractable PTSD in addition to some dibiltating physical injuries. I don't drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes or take any drugs outside of my VA prescriptions. I have been working hard with some  GREAT VA doctors over the last 4 years to control anger bursts, manage conflict and live a normal life again. 

My VA Psychiatrist strongly suggested at this point it could be healing for me to buy an RV & go see some of the country first hand that I served. He said many things  may make more sense if I was to do so. 

At first I balked at the idea; but  after a few months of prayer & debate, I decided to make this huge jump. I then sold everything I owned and began the search for a basic suitable RV for me & my service dog.

After an exhaustive search, I finally found one near me, only 20 years old with the layout I need, in good shape & in my price range. 

I did the best I could in inspecting it, even using a dealership's inspection checklist to test everything.  Although I inspected it very closely, the seller did a masterful job of concealing a major problem. It turns out the polyetheline fresh water tank is severely cracked and leaks badly; but only when underway on the road ... leaving  very little water in the tank following any drive. I didn't notice it at first.  I knew I was going through a LOT of water quickly;  but I didn't know why. There was no way to catch this on the short test drive and the old owner (who's gone with the wind) had covered it with an undercoating fabric that is used under rv's to protect tanks. 

Anyway, I took it in to an RV shop after constantly running out of water and the mechanic pointed the problem. He found exactly what it was and showed me the sellers concealment of the problem as well. 

My plans to travel are 100% on hold until I find a way to get this fixed. I live in it now, but I can't use the RV to travel without being able to carry fresh water. I have to stay hooked to a water hose or I run or of water in about 2 hours.

It is just over $3000 to have it fixed & I don't have that much after space rent & bills living disabled. I'm trapped in over-priced rv parks so I can be hooked up to  water. By the end of each month,  that eats up all my money. I've saved a little,  but it's a fraction is what I need to solve this and go travel my country. 

Some people have suggested that I sell it; but I won't lie & deceivingly put this problem onto someone else and no one will pay squat for a 1999 motorhome with this big of a problem. I literally sold everything I had to buy this RV. I can't sell it broken for just a few hundred dollars. I'm too afraid I'll end up homeless again. 

I'm not the type of person that easily asks people for help or takes anything free. I've NEVER begged for anything in my life... ever. My PTSD Doctor has literally ordered me to post this and just see what happens. To me, It's embarrasing... 

Please know that everything I'm stating above is 100% true and verifiable. I know there are a lot of scams on the internet, but this is not one of them. ANY help will be VERY MUCH appreciated! 

Thank you for taking the time to read about my predicament. 

Take care.

"Sailor"John G. USN (Ret.)

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