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Old 06-26-2016, 10:02 AM   #1
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Been full-time for 2 weeks, and ALWAYS fixing stuff...

Luckily, I can fix my own stuff, and don't have to take it to a dealer or repair place. Or we would be off the road for a while.

Also, came prepared, with a full toolbox, hardware, and a cordless drill with three batteries and two chargers.

So far, I have had to fix a door that will not close or stay square.

Bauer door latch deadbolt issue.

Leaky backflow valve under bathroom sink, goes to black tank rinse.

I have a new air leak when one slide is pulled in, that lets water and dirt in while we are towing (haven't fixed this yet, just shoving a towel in that corner). Probably the next thing I will attack.

I couldn't imagine being someone who had to take it in for repairs each time something messed up. We would have to cancel our trip and reservations, and call it a summer...
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yep, this is par for the course.

But once you shake down all of these issues, I betcha it settles down. Seems like there's always a little something to work on, but it sounds like you hit the big ones aside from some massive failure... like an a/c kicking the bucket, or a flat tire or something silly like that.
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Old 06-26-2016, 11:43 AM   #3
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f (noticed I missed an f in stuff)...is this typical?

Luckily, I can fix my own stuff, and don't have to take it to a dealer or repair place. Or we would be off the road for a while.

Also, came prepared, with a full toolbox, hardware, and a cordless drill with three batteries and two chargers.

So far, I have had to fix a door that will not close or stay square.

Bauer door latch deadbolt issue.

Leaky backflow valve under bathroom sink, goes to black tank rinse.

I have a new air leak when one slide is pulled in, that lets water and dirt in while we are towing (haven't fixed this yet, just shoving a towel in that corner). Probably the next thing I will attack.

I couldn't imagine being someone who had to take it in for repairs each time something messed up. We would have to cancel our trip and reservations, and call it a summer...
The next time the plastic vacuum breaker valve under the sink springs a leak, replace it with this one and two brass close nipples. Problem solved. I went through two plastic ones before I found this one. 1/3 the price and 5 times the quality.

https://www.amazon.com/Cash-Acme-173...vacuum+breaker

As for repairs, don't forget you are driving your house down the road, shaking and a rattling. Maintenance, keeps ya from getting bored.
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when you first transition to fulltime its not surprising to find a long list of to-do items; it should level out as you work through the initial wave. But heavier wear & tear from fulltime use is an ongoing issue. Some of the cheap factory parts are best upgraded to higher quality for fulltime use.
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Not full time but just finished replacing bed support in 5er.
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Old 06-26-2016, 01:20 PM   #6
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As for repairs, don't forget you are driving your house down the road, shaking and a rattling. Maintenance, keeps ya from getting bored.
Good point.

And I guess things will settle down over time.

And, as mentioned above, I am replacing everything I can with better parts. One of which was the Bauer keypad entry latch, which has already broken since I installed it just a couple months ago.

And whoever fixed my "stuf" to "stuff" and erased my edit, thanks!
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scotandanna - DW and I started full time on 7 june and I retired on the 10th. Along with the getting the house cleaned up, etc,etc I
made sure the MH and tow dolly were in good shape. We left a campground near the old house and headed north to Point Lookout MD (214 miles). About 100 miles into trip cab a/c went out(90+ outside). Didn't even look at it because next stop was my brothers house about 1 hour further north and I had 2 new slide toppers and a new awning we were going to put on. After 1 week in the state park at Point Lookout we headed north to my brothers and my first stop to check dolly straps I heard the brakes on the dolly buzzing and an error code on my electric brake control indicating the wire(blue) that runs from the controller to the dolly brakes had a short. All is now working and awning and toppers(THANKS to StoneVos btw) are mounted. I certainly hope this stuff slows down.

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scotandanna - DW and I started full time on 7 june and I retired on the 10th. Along with the getting the house cleaned up, etc,etc I
made sure the MH and tow dolly were in good shape. We left a campground near the old house and headed north to Point Lookout MD (214 miles). About 100 miles into trip cab a/c went out(90+ outside). Didn't even look at it because next stop was my brothers house about 1 hour further north and I had 2 new slide toppers and a new awning we were going to put on. After 1 week in the state park at Point Lookout we headed north to my brothers and my first stop to check dolly straps I heard the brakes on the dolly buzzing and an error code on my electric brake control indicating the wire(blue) that runs from the controller to the dolly brakes had a short. All is now working and awning and toppers(THANKS to StoneVos btw) are mounted. I certainly hope this stuff slows down.

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Coincidence...we left on 6/8.

Yeah, luckily, nothing serious while on the road. Had a couple serious things prior to leaving, but lessons learned, and was able to get them squared away before we took off.
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Aren't you glad you bought NEW so you wouldn't have issues


We FTd for 7 yrs.

Fixed something just about every month.

Some minor, some a little more involved but I would rather have been working on our 5th wheel and traveling the USA vs working on S&B and just going camping occasionally.

Which is now what I am doing

Oh well......we DID get to FT which was AWESOME
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Aren't you glad you bought NEW so you wouldn't have issues


We FTd for 7 yrs.

Fixed something just about every month.

Some minor, some a little more involved but I would rather have been working on our 5th wheel and traveling the USA vs working on S&B and just going camping occasionally.

Which is now what I am doing

Oh well......we DID get to FT which was AWESOME
I agree...way better than working on my old S&B. Especially because it was in humid and hot Houston, and we are now up in the cool, dry mountains of Oregon!

Just fixed another little minor issue that has been bothering me for about 2 months!
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