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Old 02-26-2013, 01:35 PM   #1
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have a money pit

I knew I was going to have to spend some cash to fix a few things on our Motor Home but i did not realize just how much it would cost to bring a 15 year old back up to top shape. the interior and exterior are in great shape, motor and transmission all good, the $$$$ came from the oil & filter change all the way around, new brakes, new trailing arms, 5K and still in shop waiting on parts. I hope I still have enough money left to buy some diesel so we can use it ,for a few trips .
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Old 02-26-2013, 02:01 PM   #2
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DP's are a bit more on the maintenance end. But this way you know what you have. I'm on my 3rd RV and always plan on $2000 to $4000 on fixes before I will take any trip. I'm fortunate enough that I can do most repairs myself or know someone who can assist. Enjoy
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Old 02-26-2013, 02:18 PM   #3
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I'm in the same boat, spent about $10k so far but we also got all new furniture inside. We didn't have to do too much maintenance as the PO was really good at it but I did replace all belts, hoses and filters just to have a starting point.
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DP's are a bit more on the maintenance end. But this way you know what you have. I'm on my 3rd RV and always plan on $2000 to $4000 on fixes before I will take any trip. I'm fortunate enough that I can do most repairs myself or know someone who can assist. Enjoy
MONEY PIT??.....how right you are!

My coach 1s 17 years old, w/130k miles, (103k mine).
There was not much that needed fixing when it was "new to me", (at 27k miles).
But, I have owned/driven it for the last 12 years....
As of today, everything is working, although it is amazing how many things have had to be repaired or replaced in those 12 years!....(not to mention the maintenance bills over the 103K miles).
I have all the receipts but will not total them up....
(that would be far to depressing).
I want to continue to pretend that I enjoyed the experience and had a great time.
Thankfully not much breaks, (or needs work), while it sits in winter storage.
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Old 02-26-2013, 02:53 PM   #5
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MONEY PIT??.....how right you are!


I have all the receipts but will not total them up....
(that would be far to depressing).
I want to continue to pretend that I enjoyed the experience and had a great time.
Same plan ... I carefully store all receipts in a cardboard box which I will now use for starting the BBQ grill.
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The money keeps flowing, I have a 2004 Country Coach Allure, its time for new tires (8) 12R/22.5 approximately $600.00 a tire. Plus the shocks should be replaced with the tag axle there are 6 shocks, I am looking at Road King Shocks about $400.00 each. I should also have the annual maintence performed, I am actually slightly overdue on that, but haven't used the coach very much recently, so holding off for the next trip. The batteries were recently replaced, it never seems to end. Aside from the routine maintence there always seems to be something new to fix. Yes it is expensive, but I still like the lifestyle and would not trade it. Hoping to go full time in near future.
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I also have a box of receipts I keep hidden from the DW. I try to justify the cost by thinking that it costs as much to maintain the coach as it does for other hobbies, and we can both enjoy this one. I would estimate my annual maintenance and upgrade costs at about $2,000. Maybe more if she wants something big. Travel costs are about the same as for a car, hotels, meals out, etc. for a shorter trip and a little cheaper for a longer stay (3 weeks or more) This can be controlled a little by the distance of the trip. I hope this helps.
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Thats a big bill but once you get it done you should be good except for the oil changes.
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Money Pit

What's the old adage? If you want to play you gots to pay.

The only thing more expensive is an airplane.

Well, maybe a trophy wife would be more........
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What's the old adage? If you want to play you gots to pay.

The only thing more expensive is an airplane.

Well, maybe a trophy wife would be more........
X2. I have been there and done that with the airplane-- I always cringed when I got the bill for my annual inspection. I had a boat I kept at a marina in the Chesapeake Bay. Boats in saltwater makes airplanes and diesel pushers seem to be a bargain.

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I'm like Mel,,, I'd hate to add everything up "so far" on our 95 MH.. It really has been reliable so far, but at that age, things need to be replaced. $755 for 2 springs and shocks up front, and I did the work myself... Next week another bill for alignment. But when we get home from a good trouble free trip, it's well worth it ! You only live once...
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The best thing to do is not look at how much money you are spending
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Your right it's too expensive, just give it to me and I'll take it off your hands then you don't have to worry about it anymore.
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Money pit? Naw!
My house was a money pit. Without the house, being F/T is for free
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