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Old 08-31-2016, 10:35 AM   #1
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Moving up to a DP

The storage facility we use for our Winnebago 30T has a 2010 Fleetwood Discovery LE with 360 HP. It has 37K miles on it and has been stored in our indoor facility for three years without much use. They now have three little kids and just don't get out much. It appears to be pristine inside and has been maintained by the RV repair folks that also have the storage facility. New batteries, but original tires, which are Goodyears with a 2009 date.

We are going to drive it on Friday and will have the repair place go over it for potential issues, like belts. What else would knowledgeable folks do? We are not so savvy about the kinds of things to ask.

We know it will cost over 10K for registering, 5K or more for new tires, and 120K for the rig. How much more can we anticipate paying in addition to that and the higher insurance, storage, etc. Just trying to figure out if we can swing it without breaking the bank and putting the dogs on a diet!

We mostly use our RV for traveling to dog shows and agility trials, but our national is in Michigan next year. We know we can't go from California to Michigan in our Winnie, and a more comfortable ride would be heavenly. However, it may be overkill for what we actually do...
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Old 08-31-2016, 10:55 AM   #2
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Only you can really decide if it's "worth" the cost of owning such a rig.

I know I wouldn't be able to justify such an expense for occasional use. If you can get a great price and only had the MH for a year or two you might still be out 20-30k. That's a lot of moola.
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At the age and mileage I would think $2500 extra to make sure things like oil change, air filter, air dryer, Gen service, fuel filters, batteries both coach and chassis, front hubs either wet or grease, radiator coolant.

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Have an experienced RV tech check it out. He should check all the systems...elect (12v and AC), plumbing, gas, water, etc., the appliances, TVs, stove, refer, M/W, and the maint records.
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Only you can really decide if it's "worth" the cost of owning such a rig.

I know I wouldn't be able to justify such an expense for occasional use. If you can get a great price and only had the MH for a year or two you might still be out 20-30k. That's a lot of moola.

X2 and I might add in my opinion they MH are a luxury money pitt toy. It's your money I love mine.
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Old 09-02-2016, 07:26 AM   #6
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I have never heard of a Discovery Le
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Hi Kathy! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

When you say it hasn't had much use in three years, has it been taken out and driven on a regular basis? Just starting the engine but not taking it out on the road is bad for a DP! I would be leery of a DP that's pretty much sat idle for that long!

Have you checked to see if that's a good price for that unit? You could start with NADA and maybe RVTrader.com to see what they are going for.

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Gasser thermal fan clutch $60 for part, $120 to install. DP thermal fan clutch $800 for part, $1000 to install. If it ain't broke on a moho, it will be!!!!!!
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Thanks everyone for your thoughts! We bought the RV, and we are in the process of registering it. An ordeal all its own, since it requires verification in California and must be taken to a DMV, where parking is oh so much fun!
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Good luck.
The hassle will be a distant memory soon.
And, if you get it sorted out, you will love your Discovery.


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Congratulations, time to go out and enjoy it and maybe share some pictures of it with us.
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Good luck.
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And, if you get it sorted out, you will love your Discovery.


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And in other news, it turns out to be a Providence, a slightly better model than the Discovery. Only the decals on the outside are Discovery, everything else is Providence. Tomorrow we drive it to the DMV for its VIN verification. First time driving it by ourselves! Wish us luck!
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Thanks everyone for your thoughts! We bought the RV, and we are in the process of registering it. An ordeal all its own, since it requires verification in California and must be taken to a DMV, where parking is oh so much fun!
If you use a independent registry service it's typically much easier than dealing directly with the DMV. I did so with our coach registering for the first time in California. The registration service handled everything including verification. About 30 minutes with them and I walked out with new .CA plates.
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If you use a independent registry service it's typically much easier than dealing directly with the DMV. I did so with our coach registering for the first time in California. The registration service handled everything including verification. About 30 minutes with them and I walked out with new .CA plates.
I did check with AAA, but they couldn't handle it. We finally managed to get it done after four visits to three DMV offices, many hours of waiting, and throwing a whole bunch of $$$ at them. If the coach hadn't come from Ohio, it would have been less complicated.
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