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Old 08-29-2011, 09:54 PM   #1
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What is the Most Expensive repair you've had to make?

As new RV'ers, my husband and I have made some updates to the 2002 Itasca Suncruiser that we purchased in July this year. We put on a new set of Michelins, installed front and rear trac bars and a steer safe unit. Of course, this is just to start. We know there is more to come. We are taking it out on our maiden voyage in Sept. We were just talking about the fact that as much as everyone loves their RV's it seems that it is common knowledge that they can be money drains. What can we expect down the line in normal repairs? I'm sure there are horror stories. Just wondering....

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Old 08-29-2011, 09:59 PM   #2
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Yes. There are more horror stories. Besides a blow out, and a cracking tire, both of which required two tires to be installed, was $1000 each time. So there is $2K.

Dash AC 3-4 times in shop at $300 - $700 each time. last time in it was discovered that someone had put in 5.5 pounds of freon and it should only have 2.5 pounds.

A stint at the factory cost a total of $2.6k

Plus a lot of other little things that just add up.

Someone once said that a boat is a hole in the water that you just keep pouring money into. I think that a MH is just a hole on land that you keep pouring money into.

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Old 08-29-2011, 10:16 PM   #3
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Another boating motto may apply:

The two happiest days in the life of a boat owner - The day he buys it & the day he sells it.

As with boats, after 6-8 years from new, the $$$$ start going out a lot faster.

Of course, purchase prices on used units reflect this.
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Old 08-29-2011, 10:46 PM   #4
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Bought a 2000 National Sea Breeze in 06.
Tires and shocks are not really "repairs". Guess my only real repair cost is the $75 I paid to have them check out a front bearing, brake caliper, pad and rotor. That was in Anchorage when I had the cruse control recall done.
They are not all money pits.
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Old 08-29-2011, 11:24 PM   #5
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11.00 in five years, real lucky.
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Old 08-30-2011, 12:53 AM   #6
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MY '89 and '98, were relatively inexpensive to operate. Routine maintenance and went close to 100,000 in each, however my dream vehicle a 2005 Itasca Horizon has been a nightmare.. Multi thousand dollar pumps,engine leaks, $12.00 parts with several hundred dollars in labor to find it.I can go on but it is just the cost of indulging our hobby. I think American quality is part of our history and our manufactuers should be ashamed.

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Old 08-30-2011, 05:35 AM   #7
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Does right sizing the tow vehicle count?
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Old 08-30-2011, 06:24 AM   #8
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Sofar the ONLY problem was the ONAN Generator:
at 11 hrs = valve spring broke
at 150 hrs = the Computer said without me and it was over 700 Dollars to get him back to work.
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Old 08-30-2011, 06:36 AM   #9
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My friend the RV tech showed me a couple LARGE MHs that both had the rear end had rotted off , from a roof leak unattended ... the bill ... $27K for one , still going for the other ... Ouch !!!
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A few lessons learned:

1- find out what regulator and fuel pump your gen. takes and get backups off Ebay. The Cummins dealer charged me $490.00 for a regulator and I could have gotten one off Ebay for under $50.00. The same goes for the fuel pump.

2- I was a big believer in the Steer Safe unit until mine exploded in PA when I hit a big bump and springs went flying everywhere and one backing plate dug into the brake plate stopping me from turning left. (If it was the right one I'd still be in the middle of the road) Keep an eye on them.

3- Buy a full set of tools, fuses and a test light. One .25 cent fuse can cost you big bucks if you have to be towed or have someone come out and fix it. Also carry some bailing wire, rope, duct tape and bungee cords to temp. hold things together.

4- Make sure you carry a spare tire either on a wheel or just the tire. Waiting a week for someone to find a replacement tire is not fun... Put it in the trunk of your toad if you need to.

5- Put RainX on your windshield for when your wipers quit (and they will) and to help clean the bugs off.

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Old 08-30-2011, 10:11 AM   #11
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Old 08-30-2011, 12:50 PM   #12
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The biggest expense has been new brake lines. The previous owner didn't have them replaced when new brakes were done last year. Cost $900. Found out later that my regular mechanic could have done it for $300. Don't just take your MH to a MH repair shop. A good regular mechanic can do most work. Have put about $2k into fixed. But that is mainly due to previous owner not maintaining rig. Stay ontop of repairs and it will be like any other vehicle. If you are able to repair or fix things on your own, the cost will discrease greatly. My biggest expense now is gas. About $250 per fill up.

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The most expensive I have had to pay for is the rear radiator $2500 to replace the aluminum and plastic junk they come with, they crimp the tanks to the core with aluminum crimp beads that decay and leak. Had a new custom made brass and copper job put on that is repairable. Now Cat paid over 8 grand to repair a myriad of issues. Not an ounce of trouble in the last 10K miles.the sound you hear is me knocking on wood
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Steel hoses leading from the transmission to the transmission cooler were not crimped properly when they were installed and leaked transmission fluid over the toad. I had to have new hoses made and Good Sam would not pay for them....no surprise there....and new transmission fluid of course. Less than a $1000 but I had to diagnose it for Camping World and tell them what I thought was causing the fluid to hit the toad.

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