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Old 03-20-2016, 10:17 PM   #15
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RV repairs on a DP are not any more expensive than on a gasser...but engine, chassis, drive train and engine repairs usually are.
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Come on man... any house parts is the same for a gassers or a DP but mechanical repairs on Freightliner or Spartan chassis and diesel engine like CUMMINS or CAT are 5 times more expensive then gassers, agree to that !
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Old 03-20-2016, 10:27 PM   #16
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ECU for the transmission, $3K
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Jacwjames, that's scary.
Hah, I got that beat by a long ways!
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i know what it's about and feel your pain mr d. hopefully it's over and gives you decades of worry free rving
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2007 Monaco DP..........I don't believe the annual "maintenance" cost will be that different, the big difference will come if things start to malfunction............you cannot roll a DP into a ford dealer to have it fixed.........that is why I strongly recommend to anyone getting into the game to find a good mechanic...............personally, the wife and I budget $12,000 per year for repairs and such..............
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Stepside454 I would concur that annual diesel maintenance will cost 2x to 5x more each year considering that there are 2 fuel filters, an air filter that costs $60-$80 and a litany of items that should and need to be checked in order to prevent the unexpected and expensive repairs that normally don't occur with good maintenance. I have owned a gas C and A and an A dp. Depending on the year and what is required, the annual diesel maintenance cost will be between $450-$750 per year compared to $150/yr for gasses. Having said that, if you do you own work the cost can be significantly reduced. Also know that dp will last significantly longer than a gasser which will have significant costs if kept as long as the dp. In my opinion, the diesel performs better and has a much better towing capacity. You might want to go to the Freightliner page and download the annual maintenance checklists to get a better handle on what is required and why the cost is slightly higher.
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Come on man... any house parts is the same for a gassers or a DP but mechanical repairs on Freightliner or Spartan chassis and diesel engine like CUMMINS or CAT are 5 times more expensive then gassers, agree to that !
If you reread what you quoted, you'll see he already agrees with you.
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FWIW The other issue with DP's is often the level of luxury goodies in the house. A DIY light switch is a few dollars or a few more for a fixture. A bus controlled relay is probably more than a fixture after you find somebody to trouble shoot why the tablet will not turn on the lights. The same pattern through the rest of the high end coach.
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Thanks , I'm starting to think a gas rig we'll work just fine .
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Old 03-21-2016, 11:33 AM   #23
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(Either can, (and probably will), be a "money pit")

I thought every motor home (I have had two) or boat was a "money pit".
Mine has yet to put any money back in my pocket, but we consider the lifestyle worth the cost.

Have fun and enjoy your choice.
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The diff tween my DP maintenance costs and the gas ones I had is pretty much chump change. On repairs they are about even. But we live in this one. They don't fail as much if being used.


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Maintenance costs

If you are far more concerned with how much something cost than how well it works I would concurs a gas rig is your best bet.
It will serve your needs.
It is just my opinion that all our "opinions" are based on our life experiences. We spent a lot more $ maintaining a Ford 460 gas motor with 40,000 miles on it then we ever have on our dp with 100,000 miles.
In the 2 1/2 years and 30,000 miles we have put on the dp, we have spent just upwards of $900.
My opinion on this topic is based on our exp owning both.
What amazes me in these topics is just how seldom it is pointed out that an oil change on a gas coach is performed about 3 to 5 times more often than a dp. We changed the oil every 3000 miles on our gas rig and now every 12,000- 15,000 miles on the dp.
But that's just us......
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tMan, would you change oil more often if you drove less miles per yr? Say if you drove 6-7k per year .
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I have the oil changed it every 2 years or 12,000- 15,000, whichever comes first.
Even at 6000 miles a year your not far off that plan.

If I am doing a lot of hot weather mountain driving I would shorten up the interval compared to "normal" conditions.
We use the Cummins Valvoline premium blue oil and the Fleet guard filter.
Same oil I use in my 2004 dodge p/u that I bought new. It now has 315,000 miles on it without issue.
And the 1998 dodge that I traded in with 215,000 on it without issue.
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On our gas units I've done 5000 mil oil changes using syn blend.
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