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Old 08-16-2015, 10:02 AM   #1
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$1200 to replace an alternator........

which includes over $900 for labor!

Back in May... $2300 to replace an exhaust manifold!

Two years ago, $3300 to replace the fan clutch!

Three different repair shops.

All of this on a 5year old Damon Astoria with 60 000 miles on it.

I feel like I've got a "sucker" sign written on my forehead.

I'm also wondering if the shops are trying to communicate that they hate working on an engine thru the bedroom floor!

Are these repair bills way higher than I think they should be?

I'm wondering if we should have gotten a 36-40 foot Class C instead of this DP??
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Old 08-16-2015, 10:18 AM   #2
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Prices sound higher than I would expect.

Who does your service work?
If you are using an RV Dealer to service the chassis of your DP I recommend trying a Cummins Coach Care or Freightliner Oasis service location.
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Old 08-16-2015, 10:21 AM   #3
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Imagine that diesel repair costs are expensive. That's why you buy gas or just leave your wallet open when you hit the repair shop.
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Old 08-16-2015, 10:24 AM   #4
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I'm also wondering if the shops are trying to communicate that they hate working on an engine thru the bedroom floor!
Are these repair bills way higher than I think they should be?
I'm wondering if we should have gotten a 36-40 foot Class C instead of this DP??
Access will always drive the price up, Takes a while to walk around from the engine to the bedroom, or a second set of hands, and that drives the price up too.
Four years ago , stuck on the road and had to pay $1,250 for a water pump replacement , on a side rad coach.
I've seen posts where members paid $500, labor for belt replacement on a rear rad coach, part of the reason , that I went looking for a rear rad coach.
36'+ Class C , do they even make them?
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Old 08-16-2015, 10:28 AM   #5
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Sounds like some of the bills I received . I've felt the same way . At shop labor of 125.00 an hour and engine access limited it adds up as they plug in a lot of man hours to do the work. I paid 16 hours, labor only ( do the math) to replace a side radiator with fairly good access ... And that was the labor bid I got from 3 places! Expensive toys .. Expensive fixes unless you can do your own labor
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And I thought I was ripped off this May to pay $543.26 to replace a alternator when on the road. I was charged over double $$$ for the alternator then what I could buy it for at the same NAPA store they did. Labor was OK at $126

When I replaced the one before that myself for $208.65

When on the road sometimes there is no choice when something breaks.
But for preventive maintenance you do.
I have had belts(twice) & hoses changed at Gaffney Freightliner all at a reasonable labor price.
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Old 08-16-2015, 11:04 AM   #7
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I have 2 gas MH's but in Denver, It seems like nobody wants to work on these motorhomes. If you do find a truck shop that will work on it, the cost is insane. I now have found a couple of private mechanics that will work on it at a very reasonable rate. I try and do as much preventative maintenance as possible during the off season so the mechanic can have the motorhome for as long as they need it and have the flexibility to put it aside if they have to get to other urgent customer needs, kind of like fill work. I also will replace items before they breakdown, like an alternator or starter or fuel pump, etc., this way I'm not dealing with this during a trip and subject to those $2000 emergency fixes. Yes, people will tell me that it's crazy to replace an alternator or starter that is working perfectly fine, but at a certain age or mileage, it's a matter of "when", not "if". I'd rather spend a few hundred dollars and get it replaced by a trusted mechanic around my schedule then spend a thousand and be stranded and have our trip ruined. So far I think my strategy has worked.
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which includes over $900 for labor!

Back in May... $2300 to replace an exhaust manifold!

Two years ago, $3300 to replace the fan clutch!

Three different repair shops.

All of this on a 5year old Damon Astoria with 60 000 miles on it.

I feel like I've got a "sucker" sign written on my forehead.

I'm also wondering if the shops are trying to communicate that they hate working on an engine thru the bedroom floor!

Are these repair bills way higher than I think they should be?

I'm wondering if we should have gotten a 36-40 foot Class C instead of this DP??
Yes those are Highway robbery prices I think.

I would tackle it my self before I would pay 1/3rd of that labor price.
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It's not just the DP folks, I'm thinking a lot of "shops", especially those along freeway corridors, make a LOT of their money by taking advantage of people. Car, truck, RV or bicycle.... People need to be careful about where they take their vehicle.

Many times campgrounds will have the name of a local reliable mobile tech or local shop.
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which includes over $900 for labor!

Back in May... $2300 to replace an exhaust manifold!

Two years ago, $3300 to replace the fan clutch!

Three different repair shops.

All of this on a 5year old Damon Astoria with 60 000 miles on it.

I feel like I've got a "sucker" sign written on my forehead.

I'm also wondering if the shops are trying to communicate that they hate working on an engine thru the bedroom floor!

Are these repair bills way higher than I think they should be?

I'm wondering if we should have gotten a 36-40 foot Class C instead of this DP??
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"The squeaky wheel gets the oil".

During the 14 years, (114k miles), I've owned my coach I have had many shops charge ridiculously expensive prices for service and or repairs.

However, sometimes complaining can get you a better price.

Two Examples:
A $2,500 transmission diagnostic and repair price reduced to $1,500.
An alternator voltage regulator replacement reduced from $250 to $150.
BTW, in both of those cases I think I still paid to much.

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Old 08-16-2015, 12:08 PM   #11
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which includes over $900 for labor!

Back in May... $2300 to replace an exhaust manifold!

Two years ago, $3300 to replace the fan clutch!

Three different repair shops.

All of this on a 5year old Damon Astoria with 60 000 miles on it.

I feel like I've got a "sucker" sign written on my forehead.

I'm also wondering if the shops are trying to communicate that they hate working on an engine thru the bedroom floor!

Are these repair bills way higher than I think they should be?

I'm wondering if we should have gotten a 36-40 foot Class C instead of this DP??
Our 2005 Itasca Horizon 40' with 57,000 miles has been expensive this year.

New exhaust system $2165.00. Includes $446.00 labor

New radiator surge tank $504.00. Includes 289.00 labor & fabricate a new bracket.

Replace dash a/c compressor $1390.00. Includes $425.00 labor.

Replace turbo $4862.00. Includes $1520.00 labor.

I have an appointment to replace the exhaust manifold Monday. No estimate at this time. It would have saved lots of labor if the turbo and manifold would have been done at the same time. 2 different shops.

I am starting to question my lifestyle as I might want to change it.

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Actually the prices do not sound that bad.. I've never worked on a rear engine Diesel but I understand the issues involved in working on an engine that's shoehorned in place then boxed in later..

And I've done some Alternator replacements.. And GM type alternators with built in retulator computers EXPENSIVE.

That said.. I need 10 grand for a new 8.1 L Vortec FRONT engbine (Way easier to work on but still 3 grand in labor to swap it out they tell me).
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Wa8yxm, how are doing on the engine replacement? Will it be this year or next?
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Sounds like a rear radiator is the issue here?
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