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Old 12-12-2011, 08:34 PM   #1
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Question Hello everybody!


While my DW and I have not just yet dared to jump into this adventure we are researching what exactly it would mean to us to go FT, at least to make a continental tour for a couple of years.

We have done our MH model research and know what we would like / need to feel at home, but I have plenty of questions around the real cost of things.

Could any of you veteran FT'ers with 40-45ft DP rigs help me out to get an idea of the monthly/yearly RV maintenance costs involved? I am not concerned about fuel and/or campground costs as we can control these, but the inevitable cost we know nothing about at this time

Btw- I have followed various threads here for quite some time and would like to thank everybody for the wealth of knowledge. I have learned a lot here but there still is so much more- most of which I don't even know I need to know...


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Old 12-13-2011, 08:18 AM   #2
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Hi Chris, and welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us! I can't help on the FT questions, but you would get a lot more answers if you post the question in the MH or Full-timing sections. Not too many people hang out here. Hope you find exactly what you want. Good luck if you decide to take the plunge! Happy trails & God bless!

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Old 12-13-2011, 08:22 AM   #3
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Welcome to iRV2. You have come to the right place for answers. Browse the forums that interest you and don't be afraid to ask questions. I look at my motor home travels like an adventure. One never knows what is ahead of us only what is behind. Every trip is an adventure. When I run out of money I will have to sell it..

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Old 12-13-2011, 08:33 AM   #4
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Hello and Welcome to IRV2 Chris! Good luck finding the right MH and getting on the road to explore. Happy Travels.
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Old 12-13-2011, 10:20 AM   #6
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Welcome Chris. That cost will vary depending on the type of chassis and where you it done. My chassis maintenance run $500 - $1000 annually depending on what services are due and what has to be changed out that particular year. Maintenance on the "box" will vary depending on what breaks and how much you do yourself or what you have to pay someone else to do. Good Luck.
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Old 12-13-2011, 02:27 PM   #8
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Thumbs up Thanks!

Wow- it is the right place to be I will post my questions in the right place (at least I'll try), here I just wanted let you all know my current state...

The rig we're looking at will be either a Newmar (Dutch Star/Mountain Aire), Travel Supreme Select, Monaco Executive, or possibly a Winnebago Eclipse... still working on it

What we do know is we'd like 40ft - 45ft and we have a good idea with regards to the layouts which would work for us. Since the lottery thing didn't work out for us we're looking at a pre-enjoyed RVs of 2006 - 2009 vintage.

As far as maintenance goes, I'm quite handy even though challenged by physical limitations life events have imposed on me. But I should be able to perform most smaller repairs and maintenance tasks (to include engine oil and belt changes). But as a DP rig comes with so many components, I just don't know enough to feel comfortable planing our budgets at this time.

I'd rather spend some more time planning and learning than hitting a brick wall (of the fiscal or resentment kind ) and miss out on the fun and enjoyment.

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Glad you could join us. Sounds like you have an exciting travel life planned. I'm sure someone here will be able to help you with the costs. At least give you some kind of idea. Hope all your travels are great. Be safe and Happy Motoring!!!

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