Originally Posted by teacher29681
I'm thinking about buying a diesel pusher or gas powered Class A 38-40 ft... anything in decent shape for $20K or less. please tell me in total what I should expect to pay per year in maintenance for the whole thing including refrigerators heaters engine routine maintenance etc if I Drive an average of 6,000 miles a year in it both diesel and gasoline? I'm trying to see if I can budget for this. Thanks for your input! Brian
Other folks have covered the RV issues well. Except for one - the dingy vehicle. If you get a larger Class A, you'll need a dingy vehicle for it.
If your current car/truck can be towed 4-down, that's great. If not, then you have to budget for getting something that can be towed 4-down or buy a trailer of some sort. Here's a link to the Dinghy Guides from MotorHome magazine: Downloadable Dinghy Guides | MotorHome Magazine
. The current guide is free: http://prodcontent.s3.amazonaws.com/2014DinghyGuide.pdf
. Earlier guides are $1.99 each. This help you understand if your Dingy is towable 4-down.
If your vehicle is towable, you still have to get a tow bar installed. My CRV Dinghy came with a tow bar installed, so I'm not sure of the cost, but I think it will be close to $1,000. (Other folks, please comment on this.) So that's more money you have to allocate.
When we bought our coach, we bought it's 2004 Honda CRV tow vehicle. It was all set up with a good tow bar system. It only had 72,000 miles and appeared in great condition. Cost: $6,000. Good deal? Not quite...
After buying it, we found that it needed new front struts, brakes, clutch, plugs, tires, alignment, and a bunch of other things. Total cost: another $6,000. And the stereo is an antique (no bluetooth, HD radio, etc). So I'm upgrading it too. Cost? Another $700. I think the throttle body plate needs to be cleaned and maybe some other minor fixes, which will be another $200-300.
Overall cost of the dinghy? $13,000. Worth it? Not so sure, but it runs and stops very well now. So I'm satisfied.
Please keep in mind that this is not like owning a car or truck that you drive every day to work. Your RV and dinghy need to run and stay running. You don't want your RV to break down in the middle of nowhere. And if it does, your dinghy is your lifeline. Both have to run well.
I believe that this supports the overall response theme in this thread - budget more $.
Good luck and safe travels!