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Old 10-17-2015, 03:28 PM   #15
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Three years and 36,000 miles. Never a hiccup from the chassis system. The house systems are another story!
Yes I was thinking about anything that caused you to have to stop, wait for Parts to be ordered, and wait for them to have time to fix it. And yes it is almost always how systems it seems.

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Old 10-17-2015, 03:31 PM   #16
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Never have had a trip stopper in almost twenty years. We get maintenance and repairs done between trips. We traveled over 9000 miles so far this year with not one breakdown.

Course our unit is older and has all the bugs taken cafe of.

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Old 10-17-2015, 03:45 PM   #17
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15 years with our 2000 Residency on f53 chassis 91k miles no major trip stopping repairs.
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Old 10-17-2015, 04:17 PM   #18
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"Trip stopping repairs" for some may only be "patch and continue repairs" for others.
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Old 10-17-2015, 07:10 PM   #19
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We have gone 14 years in 3 different RVs with no trip stoppers. However this summer we had our first - the engine blew in the middle of Utah. That was definitely a trip stopper.
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Old 10-17-2015, 07:22 PM   #20
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On top of the four issues in 15,000 miles I just listed...tonight I discovered the ignition key won't go into the ignition lock sometimes.

So that will be another repair.
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Old 10-17-2015, 07:33 PM   #21
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10 years 55,000 nothing but routine maintenance.
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Old 10-17-2015, 11:38 PM   #22
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Been RVing since 18 years old. So that makes it 41 years and roughly 175000 miles without a trip stopping break down. On one 5 week trip in the mid 80's, from California to Canada, I lost the axle seal twice on my 1978 Chevrolet P/U with 11' Lance camper. I fixed it twice on the road, but it never delayed us more than 2 hours. Once home, I found a special seal shim that repaired it permanently.

To be fair, I do all of my own repairs and I'm pretty handy. I've had many things break that would have caused many to wait days on repairs, but I fixed them myself in a few hours. We've been very lucky and have never had anything major like a transmission or engine failure, but I never leave my driveway without everything working perfectly.
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Old 10-18-2015, 07:45 AM   #23
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We have RVed for 18 yrs, 140K, and 4 MH. We have traveled from Key West, FL to Fairbanks, AK and San Diego, CA to Montreal Canada. During those many trips we have had our trips delayed twice. Once for and alternator, near home. Once for a HUEI pump in Homer AK for 8 days. There were numerous minor repairs completed by me along the way. One should always perform the PMs on the chassis and coach before trips. A visually inspection daily upon arrival and before departure form each destinations can help in identifying problems early before they become trip stoppers .

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Old 10-18-2015, 08:24 AM   #24
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I should add: We did get close once with this coach. Had the DPF get plugged and it needed a parked regen. Freightliner said it had to be done at a shop, mass annoyance ensued and I learned how to do it ourself.

A tube running from the turbo to the inner cooler had come loose, Freightliner replaced all of them under warranty.

I learned all of this from Indianapolis IN to Mitchell SD, not stranded but slowed down.
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Old 10-18-2015, 08:44 AM   #25
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4-5 years - 1 breakdown on first trip
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Old 10-18-2015, 02:56 PM   #26
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How about house systems, everybody?

I know the chassis is pretty reliable. But the generator, refrigerator, jacks, fridge, bathroom, what about that stuff?
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Old 10-18-2015, 03:16 PM   #27
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3 years 15,000 miles in our Sea Breeze had one blowout in New Mexico. We are full timers, as far as house systems, nothing except our Dometic Convection/Micro has been showing a F-8 error randomly which is supposed to be a fatal error non-repairable, when it totally fails I will see if my Good Sam extended warranty is worth anything. I believe in keeping up to date on all maintenance which makes a big difference. I see many folks who just drive the rig and are surprised when something goes south.

I forgot had a rear pinion seal go out but the folks at Ford found it while in for service not a trip stopper.
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Old 10-18-2015, 03:19 PM   #28
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dieselclacker touched on an issue I've since been thinking about a few notes back.
"Trip stopping repairs" for some may only be "patch and continue repairs" for others."

If you panic over the need for a screwdriver or pair of pliers, you are darn sure going to run into more "show stoppers" than somebody with a working knowledge of every appliance and system in his coach.

If you are willing to get your hands dirty, ask questions and learn about some of these potential show stoppers, along with carrying a few tools with you, I would think you might find you can survive more and more of them as you develop a working "understanding" of your coach. How willing you are to do that will definitely have an effect on the the amount of down time you experience.

That said, I've never had a coach system going down for any reason stop a trip in it's tracks.

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