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Old 01-21-2012, 04:29 PM   #1
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How many miles per year?

As we ponder our future full-time coach, we are trying to compare apples to apples, so we're using 5000 miles per year with the rv and 10,000 miles per year without it. In the case of a motor home, that means 5000 miles per year towing the toad and 10,000 miles per year driving the toad around.

Diesel pushers like to be driven, and we're wondering whether this scenario would be too few miles. The plan is to drive a comfortable day's drive, set up, and stay for anywhere from several days to a month, and then continue. There will be some workamping stints during a typical year, but most of the time we will just be following our noses.

Thoughts, anyone?

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Old 01-21-2012, 04:47 PM   #2
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We are just finishing our first full-time year and our "numbers" are roughly 15,000 miles in the MH and an additional ~15,000 in the toad. To each his own.

The coach will be fine as long as you maintain it; your mileage isn't any less than many snowbirds. The real issue is to remember that you have to replace many fluids on a time basis even if your mileage is low. I would change the engine oil not less than once a year and the transmission fluid at 3-4 years regardless of mileage. You can use oil sampling as justification for extending these intervals, but doing so without oil analysis is risky. Diesel engines and transmissions are designed for many, many miles IF they are properly maintained.

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Old 01-21-2012, 04:49 PM   #3
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As I've found in the park we're in most are DP's. There are people that we have met that drive a lot more miles then you indicated for yourselves but then there are also people here that drive a whole lot less then you are planning on. It's just personal preference I guess. We don't fulltime but are close to being called that but we opted for a gas unit. Our maintenance costs are far lower then the talk that goes on around here but again that can start a whole new conversation. We don't travel a lot of miles per day when we are on the road, not because our coach isn't comfortable but again that's just the way it goes for us. Everyone is different. One thing I can say is that when we're sitting still we are all equal in regards to the ammentities that we have on board. Go drive a few of both and make your decision but remember the most important thing that you have to live with is the floorplan. Make that a priority since you'll be living in it fulltime. I guess I could mention that we traveled only 1740 miles last year and there is a couple just next to us that have a 42' American Tradition that had only traveled 1450 miles for the year.
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Old 01-21-2012, 05:28 PM   #4
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I work full time, but luckily my job as business owner allows me to travel frequently in the motorhome. We generally get a trip to Florida in March most years, and then stay mostly in PA and NY (my home state) for the summer.

I'm president of a WIT camping club, and belong as a member to another. We also camp with friends and family, getting out almost every weekend from late May thru October.

Coach is 5 years old (bought new) with about 23K on the clock. I guess that works to about 5K/year; but the years we do get to FL it averages about 7K/year.

Key to owning any motorhome, diesel or gas, is to make sure it gets at a minumum annual maintenance for oil changes, generator, etc. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's recommendations on the TIME interval, as most of us don't even come close to the annual miles interval for diesel oil changes.
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August 2008 to August 2011, 32,000 miles (plus a couple). We do not full time. We go out for various amounts of times, the longest being 89 days. That's a little over 10,000 miles a year. As stated, it is really going to depend on you. Keep the maintenance up.
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We have just crossed the 10 year DP ownership mark. 61,000 miles accrued on the Odometer or 6,100 miles per year.

Last week the rig just purred right along.
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We average nearly 8000 miles/yr and only travel for 6-7 months. Toad mileage is actually fairly low, since the places we visit via car are relatively near the RV park. If not, we move the RV to the next stop, which is usually nearer.

When we were first into long term RVing, we averaged 10,000+ per year and hit as high as 17,000 one year. There were many places we wanted to see, so we moved around more. Now that we've hit so many of the "must see" pales, we find we stay longer in one spot and our mileage is trending downwards.

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