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Old 03-10-2014, 11:45 AM   #1
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Yearly maintainence costs?

As some of you know, I have recently started searching for an Alpine. What an experience......
Perhaps I should have asked this earlier, but in reading post after post here on this forum, I'm starting to feel a little overwhelmed and scared. All of you guys sound so knowledgeable, and it appears that many of you perform your own routine repairs/upkeep. While I am not afraid to get my hands dirty, the reality is that I am a woman in my early 60's and do not possess the skills to even understand half of the conversations! I have also retired now so am dealing with a fixed income.
Considering that I am looking at Alpines in the 2003-04 range, can y'all give me some realistic estimates of yearly maintenance costs, minus big ticket items such as tires. I'm going to assume that I would be buying one after an inspection, but honestly, all of the after-sale upkeep would be done by a shop. I am somewhat close to a Cummins facility, and always see coaches waiting to be serviced, so I could use them, I guess.
Can I reasonably offset these routine costs by purchasing some kind of warranty/insurance?
Any estimates of yearly costs will greatly help me figure my budget, and will help determine how much I can spend when I find the right one.
Thanks again for all the advice....and don't be afraid to tell me if you think I'm crazy to even consider this! I've been called worse!

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Old 03-10-2014, 01:35 PM   #2
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Extended warranties won't cover maintenance and will be voided if you can't show routine maintenance has been done. Put ~$300/month into repair maintenance fund and pay for work as needed. Routine tearly oil, filters, lube should be under $500, with every few years being ~$1200 when other fluids/filters have to be changed. Batteries/tires every 5-7 years.


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Old 03-10-2014, 01:41 PM   #3
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You're certainly not crazy.... or if you are... at least you're in good company around here.

You're right to be concerned about the cost of ownership on one of these beasts. It can add up quickly. Extended warranties might provide some peace of mind but they are expensive on older coaches so it's a matter of how much risk you're willing to assume.

I just had a basic oil change done on my Cummins at a local Frieghtliner shop and it cost $344 for just lube, oil and filter change. This has to be done once per year on most modern DP's.

In addition, there are more comprehensive chassis services which need to be done every three or four years... depending on how much you drive. These services can cost around $1100.

Many folks do much of their own service work, but I've chosen not to, even though I probably have the skills. I like having Freightliner give my chassis a good once over every year.

If something breaks outside of the normal maintenance, it can be expensive. Seems broken things on diesels can really hit the pocket book hard.

Don't overlook tires when making out a budget. Six tires for a DP can cost between $3K and $5K and they need to be replaced every seven years or so. That adds $500/$700 per year to the cost of ownership.

It can be frightening when you stare at these costs but it's best to go into this with open eyes.

Best of luck

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Old 03-10-2014, 01:47 PM   #4
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Think of a number and double it. As Barb said there are recurring expenses like oil changes you can estimate for but it is all the little things going wrong that will eat up the money. I would budget $5000 a year and hope you have some left over. I took out a 3 year extended warranty when I bought my coach and it did pay for itself twice over. But others had no problems and thought it a waste of money. Cummins in WV is not part of Coach Care so they will only work on your engine and generator. For the transmission and other jobs I can't do myself, like hydraulics, I go to Western Branch Diesel. You won't find an RV dealer that wants to work on these.
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