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Old 10-19-2013, 10:23 AM   #15
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I recently purchased a 2005 Newmar that appeared to have all the maintenance records. With the exception of new tires and batteries it looks like the previous owner spent, on average, about $500/year.
Just because you have all the records doesn't mean that all the recommended maintenance was performed. MH owners are notoriously bad with respect to performing maintenance that is supposed to performed on a calendar basis rather than on mileage. For example, check to see if the generator has been serviced annually; has the coolant ever been changed? Similarly, has the coach's air dryer been serviced or the transmission filters changed?
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Old 10-20-2013, 02:28 AM   #16
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My coach was also ten years old when I bought it. I take it to Freightliner for routine checks. I've spent a little over $2K/year or so for routine preventive maintenance and small repairs that they find. Additionally, I've had two breakdowns: rear roof A/C = $2400; engine mounted a/c compressor = $1800, plus a 40 mile, $550 tow. Of this latter $4200, over $3700 was paid directly to the repair provider by my service contract, and the tow was paid by CoachNet.


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.... Coach has 80,000 miles on it and pretty well maintained. 1st trip out this year water heater quit.... The pac brake quit... Then it started smoking... Turbo and CAC went bad.... $5000... Next trip a wheel seal.... .
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...Oh, and the Dometric Fridge only gets down to about 44 degrees. I hope that's not next.
I would assume that when buying a 10 year old coach, you gave some consideration to a good service contract. Apparently you chose to defer. Every item you've mentioned above would be covered by my contract, with the possible exception of the wheel seals, depending on how the failure occurred.
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I would assume that when buying a 10 year old coach, you gave some consideration to a good service contract. Apparently you chose to defer. Every item you've mentioned above would be covered by my contract, with the possible exception of the wheel seals, depending on how the failure occurred.
We assessed service contract options and decided they weren't worth it for us. One of the factors in pricing contracts is annual mileage; they consider 10,000 miles a year as full-timers to be heavy use and that raises the price to the point where we didn't consider it to be a good deal. So far we've spent far less for repairs of covered items than it would have cost to have bought the contract.
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Who is your service contract with?
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There are numerous Extended Warranty companies out there and most are negotiable
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Who is your service contract with?
Wholesale Warranties. You'll find several discussions of the subject on iRV2.
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Once the current work is done on our coach, that should be it for a while. We haven't had any breakdowns, and the maintenance/repairs are to avoid having one. The coach is 24 years old with just under 100k miles. Work we've had (or are having) done since buying it earlier this year...
  • Oil change, coolant check, replace oil, fuel, trans and coolant filters. Check other fluids
  • Replace radiator hoses
  • Replace turbo flex couplings
  • Replace exhaust flex pipe
  • Replace axle seals
  • Replace brake shoes (Due to axle seals)
  • Replace front airbags
  • Adjust steering box
  • Check/reseal roof
  • Replace air tank drain valves
  • Replace all 6 tires
  • Fix some plumbing leaks
All this adds up to near $7,000. If we had to spend nearly that much EVERY year then we wouldn't be doing this. Yes, things happen and stuff breaks, but I would say once everything is in proper working order you shouldn't be spending more than $300-$500/yr to do routine maintenance.


If you're having problems with things constantly breaking then it sounds like you inherited someone else's problems. It's hard to believe that something that was "properly maintained" has constant problems.


We've done two "long-distance" trips with our coach so far, for a total of around 1,600 miles, and it's run like a champ but ONLY because I took the time to inspect, clean, maintain or repair where needed before hitting the road.


Sometimes parts just fail, but that shouldn't be happening with every trip. Hope you get everything sorted out.
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Just because you have all the records doesn't mean that all the recommended maintenance was performed. MH owners are notoriously bad with respect to performing maintenance that is supposed to performed on a calendar basis rather than on mileage. For example, check to see if the generator has been serviced annually; has the coolant ever been changed? Similarly, has the coach's air dryer been serviced or the transmission filters changed?
Complete records are rare, a fact understood by everyone.
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