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Old 04-30-2011, 07:46 PM   #15
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Old 04-30-2011, 08:20 PM   #16
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Keep smiling and look at it as a learning experience. The more you learn the better off you will be (feeling confident/secure and $$ as well). It took me 3 months to get the bugs worked out of an RV that was well taken care of. For me, that first 3 month window had me thinking how nice my old simple pop-up was. Now I enjoy my portable home away from home.

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Old 04-30-2011, 08:39 PM   #17
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On the positive side you will know a lot more about the unit once you've fixed everything. When I bought our unit I felt completely overwhelmed at all the gadgets and components. I was constantly inspecting things for months just to learn what each was.

Good luck.
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Old 04-30-2011, 08:40 PM   #18
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Here's their web site: www.carefreeofcolorado.com Good luck with them, our Carefree's are in horrible shape, I would not get them again.
Thanks for the link Cat320. I missed the 'tec data' section on the first pass and had park wifi connection problems. Seems there's always something...did install the pass. side windshield electrical sun shade motor and roof mount.

Sorry to hear of your Carefree awning problems...ours have worked pretty well up to this point...I think I've sheared something between the motor/gears and the roller on the main awning. Hope to get this fixed next week. Well, it's gotta be before we move on... Bob
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Old 05-01-2011, 07:41 AM   #19
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My response to problems

Thanks for all of the encouraging comments. Yes, we knew what we were getting into and things would need some fixing up. Have had it at the house for two days now and been cleaning 2 years worth of Arizona and California dust and dirt as well as cleaning up after several mouse families. Have the basic list of things taken care of and we are very pleased with the results so far.

As far as the brakes, I checked every fuse I could find and couldn't get the under the dash panel off to get to the switch. Have an appointment in the morning with a mechanic. So, I am not pleased that there was something that I couldn't fix myself, but figure "It is what it is." We'll deal with it and move on!
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Old 05-01-2011, 08:33 AM   #20
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I agree that it this can ruin the fun of your first MH. I remember the first time my then DW and I borrowed my Dad's MH. We went from the Seattle area to Wyoming. Our first problem occurred crossing the Rockies. The exhaust system came apart right behind the headers. Sounded like an aircraft engine. Temp fix on side of road, had it welded at next town. Next we were going down the road and lost power. Alt quite. Fixed. Everything was fine for awhile. Saw family, visitied Yellowstone, and had fun. Started home going down the freeway and then bang, bang, bang. Old Winne had headlight doors that swung open. Yep both came unlatched and flew open. Picked them up, pull out the tools, repaired the damage (got them working) and continued on. Got home told Dad about what had happened and he just laughed. Said thats part of the fun of owning a MH.

Fast forward 30+ years. Bought our first MH and began the fixing to make it ours. Took the family for a trip 2 weeks ago to see how it road and how the dogs handled the ride. Brakes locked up, had it towed, found out the previous owner had the brakes system done (without changing the hoses), $800 later the brakes work great, all things fixed and ready to go on first trip of the season in 12 days.

Now me I enjoy tinkering around with the MH. DW thinks I'm crazy, but it keeps me out of her hair. The garage is my man cave.

Enjoy the simple things in life because you never know what my happen tomorrow.

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Old 05-01-2011, 08:35 AM   #21
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We bought an RV from a person who we knew thru a mutual friend. The woman's husband died we paid a obscene amount for a basic piece of junk.

Spent a lot of money before we ever even went any where in it.
Made a trip in July, A/C didn't work in the dash. Gas tank had a big leak in it. The thing vapor locked several times on us.

We spent 2 weeks broke down in Reno, in July & August. Had to spend almost half as much as we paid for the MFH (motorhome from hell) Just to get out of Reno.
I think that if we would have know all of what was wrong with this RV when it quit on us in Reno we would have signed the title took all of our belongings out of it , left it sitting on the side of the road and rented a U-Haul truck and went home.

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Old 05-01-2011, 08:46 AM   #22
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Old 05-01-2011, 10:14 AM   #23
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Originally Posted by MegaRoadie View Post
Couldnt believe the "Great Deal" on 2005 Itasca... less than 7500 miles, interior like new, many many upgrades and amenities, super high offer for my 2004 LANCE !!!

1. Windshield literally flowed rain water down onto dash, bad seal, rust...:(
2. First trip on return home started missing badly, Plug Wire #6 ($75)
3. Third trip ran like it should, 8.7 mpg avg YEAAAAAAAA
4. First long trip, 1000 miles... 75 miles from home Rear Outside Michelin Explodes
sidewall ($700) had 8000 miles total on it, BUT 7 yrs old
5. First leg completed without further incident, I-95 mostly flatland running (9.3 mpg)
6. Ran Maryland, WV, Pa Mountains like a big diesel, flawless 7.6 mpg !!!
7. On way home, engine breaking downhill going towards Bluefield, WV tunnel the
motor died... :( awaiting results suspect rolled main bearing or lost valve)
This one could be $12,500, RT-66 Warranty already balking on payout ! Anyone
had experience dealing with them ???

Definately RVing can be a Dream/Nightmare... but that open road and this great country make it all worthwhile and a trip not to be missed !!!

Be safe, enjoy the trip...
Had Rte 66 on our 94 Adventurer. never had a problem with them balking. Fixed generator for over $3,800 + many other repairs including replacing ball joints, tie rods, etc.

Would still have them except for age of motor home, too old for coverage.
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Old 05-02-2011, 02:12 PM   #24
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Roamer1... THANK YOU for the positive comments about RT - 66 Warranty folks !!!

Their Emer Road Service left a lot to be desired, took over 6 hours to get them to understand where in WV we were and then they advise me "they only cover up to #300.00 on Towing and $100.00 on Tire Repairs" !!! Yikes Thankfully have had AAA RV Plus Coverage for last 38 years and they came thru in flying colors !!!

When I tried to explain to the Rt-66 Claims dept that I would need a rental car, which is part of my plan coverage, they indicated that they had to know the extent of the repairs that would be needed and inspect the damage before authorizing rental ! Almost three weeks have passed and no "inspection" has yet occurred :(

Was the same reply with the covered hotel/motel, meals expenses coverage. Not a heck of a help with all the "Pre-qualifiers". I understand their position, in a way, especially with all the scammers out and about, but darn frustrating when you are brokendown, have to go 500 plus miles to get home and all you get is negative responses from someone sounds more like a telemarketer than a CSR !

I am gonna try and stay positive, think positive, and pray more than a little that it all ends up well !!!

Anyone else in iRV2 had experiences with RT - 66 Warranty Service ????? Would appreciate hearing from you !!!!

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Old 05-25-2011, 08:54 PM   #25
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You guys are scaring me. We had an appointment with the dealer to take delivery of our 2005 Beaver today. We signed the deal a week ago. I confirmed with them twice Monday and Tuesday that it would be ready. We planned a quick 3 day weekend shakedown trip to a local RV Park. Took 4 hours off work today, drove an hour to the dealer, guess what not even close to being ready for us. Disappointed now, will be really bummed if any of your stories come our way on our way home once we finally do get it!

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