Warning- this is just a personal rant; no larger issues involved.
We've been fulltiming since early 2011 in our '89 Fleetwood Southwind. We're not well-to-do, and our retirement funds took a big hit in the financial crisis in 2009. But we bought our 34' rig and had fun looking forward to full time RVing.
We had totally rehabbed the interior before going on the road, new paint, tweaked and modded nearly everything.
The first two years we had minor issues, but nothing wildly expensive or catastrophic. New water pump, vacuum leaks in the engine, that kind of thing. A storm ripped the awning fabric last fall, so we put lovely new fabric on.
But this year...
Ah, this year's different.
We ended up having to have the motor rebuilt for an unmerry Christmas present. Yikes, there goes the savings account.
In January we went to work in the oil patch as gate guards on an oil rig, working out of the RV and had trouble with the power steering as we drove up here- something to deal with when we leave, right?
Six weeks after we arrived on the job, a turning truck ripped the patio awning, awning hardware and passenger side mirror right off the RV with its load. We are STILL struggling to get compensated for that.
About a month ago, the company we work for replaced the generator we had been connected to with a newer one (we are totally off-grid here: the company supplies a 15KW diesel gen+fuel, fresh water and sewer tanks to dump into) and we've had nothing but electrical issues since.
Also, as the weather heated up, we realize our old Dometic reefer is not keeping up- not completely ruined yet but clearly getting there.
Yesterday was the culmination: the main breaker on the company's generator got so hot it melted into slag but stayed open- lost one leg of the 50 amp power which burned up our 50 amp splitter, plus when they finally got the generator back on line (sans breaker!) we discover what appears to be the compressor in the front air conditioner is shorted out.
Now this is south Texas- we've already had plenty of days over 100 degrees, and today its 90 something degrees and 85% humidity, so the lack of the front A/C is major (bedroom A/C still works, thankfully).
(Before anybody says anything YES we should have had a surge protector on the coach; we had a portable 50 amp Progressive that was stolen while we were in South Dakota last fall. I meant to replace it, of course, but kept putting it off. )
So it looks like we'll say sayonara to this job and head back to Corpus to see about getting the air conditioner replaced or repaired. Sadly, we are not able to install a new one ourselves- just too old and crippled up for hoisting an A/C up on the roof.
Then there's the fridge- pulling that out and replacing the cooling unit makes me exhausted to even think about.
I have to say I love this old beast (the motor home I mean) and I love the fulltime life but I'd sure like to be able to get back on the road and not feel like I'm just waiting for the newest disaster.