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Old 08-16-2017, 09:03 PM   #1
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What systems aren't worth the fix on your RV?

For me it's the dash AC. Just did a 1500 trip in the 90s and ran the generator the whole trip.
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Old 08-16-2017, 09:12 PM   #2
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Sure hope your generator never fails at 90 plus.
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Old 08-16-2017, 09:12 PM   #3
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Funny, I just completed a 2200 M
mile trip in the 100+ and never ran the generator when the engine was running.... Figuring the cost to service or repair your generator I'd fix the dash A/C
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Old 08-16-2017, 09:26 PM   #4
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I have been running without Dash A/C for past year but am currently repairing it, should have it completed tomorrow. Generator and roof air keeps coach but is difficult to keep me (driver) comfortable without readjusting room thermostat.
The repair appliance that doesn't work and in now hurry to fix is furnace. One small electric heater takes care of our needs since we do not go North in winter months.
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Old 08-16-2017, 09:37 PM   #5
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rv fridge. if it goes south, replace it with a residential.
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rv fridge. if it goes south, replace it with a residential.
I did that the easy way, bought the 45' Magna and it came with a residential!
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On our New-to-Us Southwind. I can't think of anything that I wouldn't repair.

I added a can of Freon to the dash AC last spring before our trip - worked great during the trip. didn't need to run the genny at all.

When we bought the MH, the frig only worked on shore power so I wanted to make sure there were no other problems with it (i.e. cooling unit) before I invested any money in repairs. It worked OK on shore power during the entire trip, so when we got home, I ordered a Dinosaur control board and now it works on propane and shore power. Hopefully, I can defer the decision as to replace the Dometic or go residential for a few years.

Pretty much everything is repairable, and I've been busy bringing the Soutwind up to par:

1999 Southwind 35S – Southwind by Fleetwood

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My coach is pretty basic concerning installed systems but did replace the absorbtion fridge with a residential due to the cost differential and when the last owner installed roof sat dish went on vacation I decided it could stay on vacation somewhere else.
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The Previous owner(s) of our "New-to-Us" had a LOT of stuff on their lists of things that weren't worth repairing. So here's the list of stuff I repaired:

  • remote control mirrors and mirror heat inop
  • Dash AC blows warm air.
  • 1141 and 921 bulbs - replace with LEDs
  • Outside air leaking under frig
  • Range hood vent doesn't open
  • Bedroom TV missing, wall full of holes
  • Jacks in constant alarm
  • leaky leveler jack
  • Body damage from small accident
  • Battery disconnect switches inop
  • Exterior compartment gas springs inop
  • Frozen / cracked gray tank pipe (leaks)
  • Slide switch lose and intermittent
  • Awning shaft bent and broke
  • Closet light inop
  • Bedroom window blinds bound and tangled
  • Bedroom valance fabric falling off
  • Gas springs on bed lift bad
  • Shore power connector burnt
  • OD shift button inop
  • Drivers side windshield wiper arm mount broke
  • Frig doesn't work on propane
  • Microwave doesn't work
  • Leveler pump bad bearing - horrible grinding sound
  • Steering wheel not centered
  • Transmission shift issue
  • Battery Isolator solenoid bad
  • Toilet to tall
  • Front end alignment off
  • shock absorbers bad
  • funny vibration at 55 mph
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The Previous owner(s) of our "New-to-Us" had a LOT of stuff on their lists of things that weren't worth repairing.
I know folks that won't replace bad parts unless it directly affects them or they don't have a way around the problem such as the problem the OP suggested.

A large part of that philosophy is due to the length of time the repair shops want the RV and the quality of workmanship of those shops. I know some who have left it for a month or more for relatively small problems only to find out the problem was not repaired correctly.

I can't think of anything I wouldn't repair on my coach but I do my own work and if I screw it up I know exactly who to blame.
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[QUOTE=pplwizard;3756226]Funny, I just completed a 2200 M
mile trip in the 100+ and never ran the generator when the engine was running.... Figuring the cost to service or repair your generator I'd fix the dash A/C[/

X2......fixing the dash air is a whole lot cheaper.

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No dash air means no "dry" air on defrost. I'll just have keep mine operating for the visibility issues.
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For me, it's batteries.

I don't intentionally boondock for more than one night.

So, what I did, was to remove the water filled batteries and installed one Sealed Lead Acid battery. The type used in heavy industry. Expensive, yes. Do I have to fiddle with the batteries, no.
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I did that the easy way, bought the 45' Magna and it came with a residential!

Wow, I've heard those residential fridges were expensive, but yours is the MOST expensive residential fridge I've ever heard of!
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