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I Have Repairs After Nearly Every Trip 21 15.33%
I Only Have Occasional Repairs 116 84.67%
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Old 07-03-2003, 06:33 PM   #1
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Old 07-03-2003, 06:33 PM   #2
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Old 07-03-2003, 08:37 PM   #3
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We have a 1999 Sunnybrook and it's never been back to Dealer for repairs. All problems were small and fixed them myself.
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Old 07-03-2003, 09:50 PM   #4
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There are always a few loose nuts & bolts or screws that need to be tightened. This is 'normal' for any trailer, in my opinion. The only repetitive repair that the dealer has done under our 2-yr warranty is the water heater. At first it didn't work properly on electric (my fault) then the gas ignitor didn't work consistently. Nothing major, but we hate cold showers.

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Old 07-04-2003, 04:47 PM   #5
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My RV must not be the norm...something seems to break on a fairly routine basis. Last trip, the bathroom doorknob fell apart in my hand. Our current trip, the galley faucet cracked, and needs to be replaced. Minor things, I know...but it adds to frustration trip after trip.

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Old 07-04-2003, 05:15 PM   #6
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In my case, it seems to go in spurts. Sometimes, nothing happens. Other times, several problems occur. So far in this camping season I had to:
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<LI>Replace the relief valve on the hot water tank

<LI>Replace a failed relay on my refrigerator's circuit board. The relay was stuck on and caused the AC heater to run continuously; thus eventually causing everything to freeze in the refrigerator. I circumvented the problem until I could repair it by running on propane only.

<LI>Replace my water pressure regulator.

<LI>My Wingard Bat Wing antenna wouldn't lower when I was leaving the rally at Nashville. A little lubricant took care of the matter. Then the crank came off when the setscrew loosened.[/list]And to think that it's only July...

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Old 07-04-2003, 07:27 PM   #7
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I mess with mine a lot, but mostly doing mods and inprovements. I fix the little things while I'm messing with it. Had very few actual failures, and nothing worth taking it to the dealer for. I enjoy it messing with it 'cause I can't go camping as much as I'd like to.

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Old 07-06-2003, 01:03 PM   #8
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I routinely find things that need repairing. Of course, we live several months a year in our rig so it gets a lot of use, but the little things keep popping up. Just like any home, I suppose.

Mostly we find things like loose screws or bolts inside or out, or something that has gotten out of adjustment. Plumbing problems also seem to crop up fairly regularly. Usually small ones, but not always. And if nothing actually needs repairs, then mechanical maintenance comes due and I need to do an oil change or lube something. I do almost all of it myself and don't mind most of it anyway. If I'm not fixing something, I'm probably improving it in some little way!

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My Airstream is going on 32 years old. I have everything working like new, except a few minor things. I need a new slider for the bracket on the Care-Free main awning. The sink in the bathroom needs the faucet replaced. Other than that, just a few cosmetic odds and ends. Like some of the others, I enjoy tinkering with it, as much as camping in it.

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Old 07-06-2003, 07:18 PM   #10
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I've only had 2 actual failures on my trailer.
1) Fridge needed a new control board because of the "Check Light" coming on.
2) Furnace wouldn't operate properly, and as a consequence of repairing it I almost totally rebuilt it.

I do a lot of Preventative Maintenance on my trailer so I have very few problems. Those that do arise are minor and can be fixed in the field.

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Old 07-07-2003, 05:33 AM   #11
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I usually have repairs during the trip, too!
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Old 07-07-2003, 06:05 AM   #12
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Seems like we have something almost every trip. Nothing major. After this 4th of July weekend, the following little items need to be repaired;

1. One of the drawer glides in the wardrobe became unattached at the back wall. The fix, a couple of small wood screws and about three minutes time.

2. Toothbrush holder in the bathroom has worked loose. The fix, one of those pound in plastic screw anchors and a new screw and about three minutes of my time.

3. The cold water handle on the kitchen sink seems to want to get stuck with the water running. We were going to take the camper back to the dealer to get this fixed, then we met a fellow camper this weekend in a high end fifth wheel. They had the same faucet we have...and the same problem. So now we have decided that it is a design problem with the faucet set, and we will most likely replace the entire unit.

Overall, we have had nothing major, or even significant, go wrong. We always fix the little items as soon as we become aware of them, so that may be why we don't have major repairs to do.

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Seems like something most of the time. Our unit was 1 yr. old when we bought it. Lots of problems. I don't want to jinx myself, but this year has been a little better. But...I figure we are over due for a major problem. It does seem the dump valves may be leaking again. Had them replaced last year.

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We've only had about 4 things go wrong with our 2002 camper. 1) the 1st time out we get to Oklahoma only to find that our air isn't working and it's 90 and himid, wife wasn't any too happy. 2) the factory cut the antenna shaft too short and the dealer fixed that when the new A/C was replaced 4) the hot water line under the kitchen sink's nut broke which I fixed and 3) the little pin in the crank for our bathroom vent kept falling out so I put a wire tie thru there and all is well now.

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