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Old 04-19-2015, 08:03 PM   #57
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For those that are doing their own service work, are you a full timer? I am a newbie but my first two RV parks do not allow you to work on your RV in the park.
Not a full-timer here and don't ever see myself being one. My hat is off to those that are but I could never be without my stick and brick house NOR my shop. My wife and I are in our mid-40's and I see us taking longer or extended trips when we retire but we won't be going full-time.

I just hope to be in good enough physical condition when I am in my 70's to still crawl under an around our coach.

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As I have said in the past. Service is a thing of the pass. So times you can find someone that does a great job. But sorry to say to many don't. I though I would have the RV dealer service my 7.5 QDG Genny and cost me 4 time more then what I was quoted. 50.00 dollars plus parts. Cost ended up 300.00 dollars. So everything I can fix or maintain I will do. I own a 2002 Fleetwood Revolution that had 3 original tires that were not bad or cracked. With the use of this site I corrected my electric drains both 12 volt and 120 volt. With one small UPGRADE on the BCC corrected every 12 problem. The BCC is also know as The Battery Control Center and every 12 volt goes thru it. The BCC upgrade was to be done by the RV dealer but they tried to fix something .
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I'm in the middle of rebuilding the brakes on the wife's Civic. Bought parts a couple years ago but then she had medical problems so put it off, then the weather got bad so I put it off, then we bought the Magna and the engine went. So, today I started, pulled the pass side and found they sold me the wrong rotor! Naturally too much time has passed to return the old parts so had to buy new rotors.
And now the Odyssey is making grinding noises when stopping. Guess I'll go buy the parts later this week! Sure hope I can start working on the new to us MH soon! It spent 5 weeks at Cummins!
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New to the RVing thing and love to tinker, just changed all the filters and oil in the ONAN 8000 it was a breeze. Just ordered all the filters, Fuel X2, Oil, Air and Air Dryer gonna do it myself. Any advice on where to get a big jug of Oil from?

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I use Shell Rotella or Chevron Delo Diesel motor oil 400LE. I usually get mine either at Tractor Supply, Royal King, or Costco when it is on sale.
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Not a full-timer here and don't ever see myself being one. My hat is off to those that are but I could never be without my stick and brick house NOR my shop. My wife and I are in our mid-40's and I see us taking longer or extended trips when we retire but we won't be going full-time.



I just hope to be in good enough physical condition when I am in my 70's to still crawl under an around our coach.



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Hey Mike,

You just put your finger on the problem. I'll be 70 this year and I have noticed a serious decline in my flexibility over the last couple of years. I'm still rolling around under the coach and installed a TruCenter last year. Took a 30" breaker bar and a 4' section of black iron pipe to break the nuts loose on the chassis to install the mounting plate. Tough on an old man.

We are 9 years into our full time adventure. I really love reading your maintenance and repair posts. Gives me more ideas than I'm capable of accomplishing.
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Same here about the 70 bracket. Today I dis-assembled the covers on our Onan QD 7500 in order to research a High Temp alarm that has no basis in fact.
Take to a dealer and wait weeks, while paying a small fortune for somebody else to turn hex bolts. I like doing this kind of stuff.

For cars, I like BMW e39s because they're the last bimmers that somebody can do most repairs without electronic diagnostic equipment.

I'll never be a CP, so might as well accomplish things
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Hey Mike,

You just put your finger on the problem. I'll be 70 this year and I have noticed a serious decline in my flexibility over the last couple of years. I'm still rolling around under the coach and installed a TruCenter last year. Took a 30" breaker bar and a 4' section of black iron pipe to break the nuts loose on the chassis to install the mounting plate. Tough on an old man.

We are 9 years into our full time adventure. I really love reading your maintenance and repair posts. Gives me more ideas than I'm capable of accomplishing.
Thanks Steve, I really appreciate the comments. We just came from an rv rally and many of our friends at the rally are full-timers. Again, while I admire their opportunity to travel full time, I just couldn't do it. We arrived home today after being gone for a week and a half and with a few minor things to address, I would much rather do them in the shop with all of my tools and equipment at my disposal vs. doing them on the road in either an RV park or other venue.

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