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Old 12-01-2013, 11:50 AM   #85
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No major issues at all in just short of 5 years of ownership and 32,800 miles of rolling down the road.

Just drove her to the storage lot...80,500 miles on the clock after the Thanksgiving weekend trip.

DW just made an entire Thanksgiving feast that was refrigerated, transported and cooked in our almost 15 year old appliances without a hitch.

Slide topper needs replacement now, ditto for the inverter but the coach is fully functional for our use without these items.

Zero Engine or transmission issues. Did have to replace the tires and of course the annual P.M.'s and every 3 year P.M.'s but have used heavy truck shops and Speedco which has kept the costs very reasonable IMHO.
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Old 12-01-2013, 12:16 PM   #86
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No major issues at all in just short of 5 years of ownership and 32,800 miles of rolling down the road. Just drove her to the storage lot...80,500 miles on the clock after the Thanksgiving weekend trip. DW just made an entire Thanksgiving feast that was refrigerated, transported and cooked in our almost 15 year old appliances without a hitch. Slide topper needs replacement now, ditto for the inverter but the coach is fully functional for our use without these items. Zero Engine or transmission issues. Did have to replace the tires and of course the annual P.M.'s and every 3 year P.M.'s but have used heavy truck shops and Speedco which has kept the costs very reasonable IMHO.
Congratulations on your very positive experience. Mine has been much the same. We were on the road this Thanksgiving and ate out but Christmas will see us doing the 15 pound turkey & normal sides just like the previous 7 years.

We've replaced 2 of the 3 slide toppers now. Speedco is a good option for some of the PM. So long is I'm physically able, I will do much of the L/O/F myself. Don't forget transmission and air dryer service. Speedco will not do those.
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Oh my goodness Jay!! Your new coach is gorgeous. We're so happy for you guys...

We'd heard the horror stories too and simply took our sweet time deciding what we would upgrade to. Our story began a few short years ago while towing our 19 foot travel trailer to Quartzsite for the first time. The DW saw this Holiday Rambler Aluma-Lite 31SFD and fell head over tea kettle for the full wall slide. We decided on a small used diesel pusher instead and the rest is history...

Our 2004 Journey 34H will be one year old come this January and we've camped at least one to two weekends a month since we bought her. I had to replace the house water pump so far and machine a new toilet base. So far it's been rock solid dependable. "Knock on wood"

Tons to learn with regards to diesel maintenance and very thankful to have found all you fine folks and to have met FIRE UP, our new and very knowledgeable camping buddies.

Don't let her sit in storage and enjoy your new lifestyle!!
I hear that!

This coach is really a lot about business, so we are gonna give her a lot of use. We are already spending X number of dollars to get in and out of each expo we go to, except over the last two years it was wasted on airline tickets, bad airport food, and gross hotels. The next two years are gonna be a little different :
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Different floorplan than ours, and different exterior color but basically the same. The one downside I see is that this coach does not appear to have been upgraded over the years; even the TV in the front room is the original and the satellite dish is also. That's something we see with lots of RVers; they start with a nice coach but they don't continue to update and modernize it over the years.

We've replaced all the appliances and electronics in ours and changed to a residential fridge. The front carpet has been removed and the furniture is vastly upgraded. We wouldn't live in a house without remodeling and improving it; why would we live like that in an RV?

Don't get me wrong, this looks like a nice MH, but count on putting at least $3-5K in just to replace TV's and satellite system, more if you want to replace 14 year old appliances.
Much of what you say is true, for instance replacing the carpeting. I have a quote from a local shop for less than $1000 for my 1999.. As far as the electronics, no everyone wants all that new stuff. Mine still work but I never have the desire to turn them on. Additionally, I don't see the benefit of replacing an expensive refrigerator with a household unit, at least not if you want full functionality.
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Additionally, I don't see the benefit of replacing an expensive refrigerator with a household unit, at least not if you want full functionality.
With all due respect, if you are a full-timer the difference between an RV refrigerator and a residential one is like night and day. Putting aside the fact that things in the freezer really stay frozen and there is far less humidity in the fresh food area so salad stuff stays better, the real benefit is the huge increase in storage capability. In pretty much the same space as the 12 cu ft Norcold we now have 18 cu ft of storage with a lot of the increase being in the freezer. As for losing "full functionality", we, of course, can't use propane to power the fridge, but it runs just fine on the inverter while we travel and we could always turn on the generator if we needed to.
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We purchased a 96 ellegro bus with 25000 on it, drove it home 700 miles without problems. I have been checking it out and all is working fine. I've spent an additional $3000 for tires and replacement parts and I believe I can go across country now without any issues. Planning a trip this winter for Arizona.
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Bought a 4301 Mountain Aire 04 last month have driven it about 2500 miles with no problem I think to the new buyer, it has a lot to do with what dealer yo buy from, ours for the third time was great.
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With all due respect, if you are a full-timer the difference between an RV refrigerator and a residential one is like night and day. Putting aside the fact that things in the freezer really stay frozen and there is far less humidity in the fresh food area so salad stuff stays better, the real benefit is the huge increase in storage capability. In pretty much the same space as the 12 cu ft Norcold we now have 18 cu ft of storage with a lot of the increase being in the freezer. As for losing "full functionality", we, of course, can't use propane to power the fridge, but it runs just fine on the inverter while we travel and we could always turn on the generator if we needed to.

I'm a little nervous on the ability of the norcold. I would be interested in knowing what resi fridge you put in.

I'm also a bit of an RV dummy (in RV 101 school :P) and I am thinking that as you drive, the inverter is pulling power from the batteries, but that the alternator is charging the batteries as you go? Or is that not the way it works unless you run the genny?
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With all due respect, if you are a full-timer the difference between an RV refrigerator and a residential one is like night and day. Putting aside the fact that things in the freezer really stay frozen and there is far less humidity in the fresh food area so salad stuff stays better, the real benefit is the huge increase in storage capability. In pretty much the same space as the 12 cu ft Norcold we now have 18 cu ft of storage with a lot of the increase being in the freezer. As for losing "full functionality", we, of course, can't use propane to power the fridge, but it runs just fine on the inverter while we travel and we could always turn on the generator if we needed to.
Which refer to use fulltime is a personal preference. My 8cf Norcold is truly wonderful, and just fine night and day. YMMV
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Which refer to use fulltime is a personal preference. My 8cf Norcold is truly wonderful, and just fine night and day. YMMV
Interesting, well we are certainly going to give ours a go. It was cold on the dealers lot for sure. We aren't fulltimers, but we will be "lots of timers"
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Jay, here's what I did... It works off AC/DC so as I'm going down the road it switches over to 12V but when I plug in it automatically switches to 110... I now have tons of freezer space without having to give up pantry space... Simple to use and easy to get to...

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I'm a little nervous on the ability of the norcold. I would be interested in knowing what resi fridge you put in.

I'm also a bit of an RV dummy (in RV 101 school :P) and I am thinking that as you drive, the inverter is pulling power from the batteries, but that the alternator is charging the batteries as you go? Or is that not the way it works unless you run the genny?
We installed a Samsung RF197 like many other RVers. It is an affordable counter-depth unit and it pretty much fits the footprint of the Norcold 1200 series. There are lots of threads on this forum about installing this unit; just search for "residential refrigerator" or "Samsung RF197".

You are correct that when we are traveling the alternator (and our small solar panel) are charging the batteries while the inverter is discharging them. These modern refrigerators are very energy efficient; the Samsung uses ~100 watts of power on the average.
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