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Old 10-18-2015, 03:25 PM   #29
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Originally Posted by AggieDad View Post
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.
Just wondering why the engine blew? Did you replace or rebuild it?

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Old 10-18-2015, 03:31 PM   #30
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Have never had a coach stopping or trip stopping repair. Never a major failure of any kind.

I'm furiously knocking on wood as I write this.

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Old 10-18-2015, 03:44 PM   #31
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Originally Posted by ahicks View Post
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.
In the first 15000 miles on our new motorhome, these are the things that were not fixable with a screwdriver and duct tape :

Carburetor failed on the generator and needed full replacement

Hydraulic jack pump failed and needed replacement

Ignition key will not go into the cylinder, lubrication will not help and is not advised. Therefore replace cylinder

Power steps, well lubricated, motor failed, replacement covered under warranty.

Main door lock malfunction, locking us out of the RV at night. Trimark updated version was needed and replacement was done.

I envy all of you who have not had any malfunctions! & I am looking at this thread to get hope that once we get all these things fixed, they will not come back again for our 2015 Itasca Sunstar.
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Old 10-18-2015, 07:48 PM   #32
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10 years 55,000 nothing but routine maintenance.
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Nothing. Ever. May as well have been a Toyota.

Doh! Edit: That's not entirely correct. My Tundra weeps from valve cover. My 8.1L in the coach.......does not. :-)
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Old 10-19-2015, 07:08 PM   #33
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10 years no show stoppers yet.

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Old 10-19-2015, 07:20 PM   #34
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There is no way in H**L that I am going to tempt Karma by posting miles driven and days/months/years without major trip stopper. Just sayin . . . . !
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Old 10-19-2015, 07:25 PM   #35
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Originally Posted by Hit_the_Rhod View Post
There is no way in H**L that I am going to tempt Karma by posting miles driven and days/months/years without major trip stopper. Just sayin . . . . !

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Old 10-19-2015, 08:14 PM   #36
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Two motorhomes 170,000 miles between the two and no show stoppers. Lost more tires than I can remember on the first one but it never slowed us down more than a couple of hours. Slide stuck in the out position once but I managed to use a jump start box hooked to the slide motor to bring it in. Lots of little issues over the years but never stuck anywhere. First one was a 2005 gulf stream super c with 150k on it and the new one is a 14 bounder with 20 k on it. Both purchased new and the bounder has been flawless. Knocking on wood.

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