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Old 02-28-2013, 06:43 PM   #1
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How much do you spend on repairs to your DP annually

Hi, Ive been spending way too much time over the past couple of weeks shopping for warranties and getting a lot of advise from folks in here to save my money and "self insure". So in trying to consider this advise, I am going to approach this based on what "like" coach owners spend on average annually.

Can those of you that have class A DP coaches 8 - 12 years old, give me an average of how much you spend annually on repairs... not maintenance... Strictly repairs... I know there are big repair years and little to no repair years, so I'm asking you to please average.

If it turns out to be less than, close, or slightly more to what an extended warranty policy will cost, then maybe I should consider self insuring.
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Old 02-28-2013, 06:50 PM   #2
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I carry complete drive train warranty the rest is on me.
So far both the insurance co. and myself are claim free.
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Old 02-28-2013, 06:52 PM   #3
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Can't give you info on a coach that old, but we spent zero dollars last year on repairs on our 08 40 footer DP. Maintenance is a bit higher than a gasser, but the intervals are further apart. IMHO a key to keeping repairs low is (1) the coach being kept under a shelter or in a garage and (2) 'using' it.
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Old 02-28-2013, 06:55 PM   #4
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We put the insurance money in the bank and so far if I add up expenses that may have been covered it is under $1,000. Keep the money and have the engine and drive train inspected/serviced by Cummins. Very reliable equipment that needs attention about once a year.
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Have had our 80K mile DP for 18 months or so and had a turbo let go on us as our only repair to date. I understand that's a pretty unusual event. 3500.
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3 MHs over 20 years. About $5K in repairs.
We are self-insured.
I put away some money every month. Has more than covered me for repairs and maintenance, tires...so far.
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Old 02-28-2013, 08:36 PM   #7
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Hi StevieG,
If the coach is "new to you", consider the service contract. From the $s point of view I have always come out close to even. Add in the peace of mind against catastrophic problems and for me, the contract is worth it.
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10 year old new last year to me Discovery New cooling unit for nevercold was the most and with that and new microwave/convection still less than $2000 for parts If you can do repairs yourself you will save tons of cash like I have.
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1998 MADP with 80k mileage....

No big repairs yet, just solid on preventative maintenance, think my front air might need to be replaced but wont know till June.
Preventative Maintenance is a big cost but I look at it as hidden insurance
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Old 02-28-2013, 09:54 PM   #10
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On extended service plans, a financial perspective: I've had 3 rigs in 20 years. My total expense on what would have been covered was about $5000, or about $21/month.
If it had been $20,000, it would have been about $83/month.
$130/month in extended service coverage costs over 20 years would be over $31,000. Just a perspective.
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New refer cooling unit (fixed myself), new heating element for refer.(fixed myself), new front TV (rebuilt cabinet myself), a few interior bulbs, do need a new motor for main slide though (and I'll do the work myself), new Fantastic Fan covers (free and did work myself).
Newmar had Spartan replace the overloaded front 12,000# axle with a new 14,600# unit and I spent some money buying tools to change the 5 sets of shocks out they sent to experiment with. Does that count?
Comes to less than $2000 total over almost 11 years. I'm enough ahead over the cost of a service police to pay for the new Alcoa wheels, tires & TV upgrades and still have some left over.
Now if we'd have still had our '98 Santara it'd be FAR higher as it was falling apart after two years!
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Plus you have deal with fighting with the warranty company.
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First I do all my own work so no labor. In the past 12 yrs the unit has been all most trouble free for 60k miles. Rear axle seal leak, HWH fluid leak-bad hose,and this year the inverter failed. So in 12yrs about $400 per yr for repairs
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I made a lot of money selling extended warranties. The only benefit is a intangible. The peace of mind thing. Otherwise, just self insure. You will be ahead of the game most of the time.
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