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Old 12-25-2011, 01:09 PM   #29
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Chill, my friend. I think we all have days like that. All in all we love our rig but some days it can crawl up under your skin.

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Old 12-25-2011, 02:13 PM   #30
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Can be expensive, frustrating, awesome, and wonderful! Wish I had more time to spend in the thing.
Those adjectives describe my kids too!

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Old 12-25-2011, 07:05 PM   #31
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Ditto, Bucksmom, but I wouldn't want it anyway other way. Mt three year old granddaughter thinks the only way to go camping is in Poppa's motorhome.
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Old 12-26-2011, 09:59 AM   #32
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Not the current one, though the ability to make frequent use of it is financially limited. Absolutely hated our last one - corner bed, pedestal tables, no slides, 460 engine with carb, 6 mpg on a good day at sea level. Even though we took a significant money hit, we were SO glad to get rid of it.
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Old 12-26-2011, 10:25 AM   #33
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My oldest daughter was 11 months when we bought our first camper. We raised two girls camping. No televisions in the campers until they graduated high school. We sat around campfires and talked about family and the old days. Both girls are married with their own families, but call the house three or four times a day. I believe camping had a lot to do with our families closeness.
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Old 12-26-2011, 10:38 AM   #34
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Unsure if it is regret but so far it has been nothing but a money pit, and we have spent as much time in the shop than anywhere else, and so far I have gone 30 miles before breakdowns, we hope that our problem has been solved, because we really want to love it but for us to get there we must be able to go somewhere and enjoy it beforehand.

We bought her for 5 K and put more than another 5 K into her, the previous owner took it all over America and we want to be able to do the same, so we now need to test her again see if she can get somewhere and back without a break down.

We bought vintage because we love vintage, it has a new engine and transmission with just over 5K on both and those were the main selling features, so only time will tell
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Old 12-26-2011, 11:10 AM   #35
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Sounds to me that your issues are all human based and the poor coach just happened to be there and is now collateral damage.

Deep breath, pause, and tell the garage owner that this simply won't work. Either there needs to be proper access to the garage or you need to go elsewhere, and be prepared to do that.

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Old 12-26-2011, 02:18 PM   #36
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We have been camping for about 20 years. We started out in a class A and our present Horizon is our 5th Class A and 1st DP. We purchased it used this past July from a reputable dealer but the previous owner did not keep service records. The coach looked beautiful on the outside as well as the inside.

After we got more familiar with the Horizon we found lots of mechanical things that needed attention. We spent more than $5,000 this summer and fall on service to get the power train up to our expectations. There were several surprises this year that caused me to wish I had never purchased this coach. Most of the good camping weather this Summer and Fall was spent in repair shops causing me to question my decision to purchase this coach.

Now we have it is good shape and we are again looking to get her out on the road this spring. We have it winterized and stored in an attached garage and I look at it daily when we run the car in and out and now I can't hardly wait for spring.

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Old 12-26-2011, 02:47 PM   #37
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Do not regret purchases, all four times since 1989.
I do regret that the rig sits unused at times.
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Old 12-26-2011, 03:10 PM   #38
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11 yrs and 2 dp's the only thing we regret is not getting out of the boat zone earlier. we spend about 200 days a yr. now and we both are looking forward to 365. jimsue
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Old 12-26-2011, 03:48 PM   #39
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Originally Posted by Ronnie Bledsoe 2006 Dutchstar 43' View Post
Had an RV since 1974. Kids were small and continue to enjoy camping. The only regret is having to put it in the shed after enjoying some travel.
Glad you could join us, I've been RV'ing since 1958.
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Old 12-26-2011, 05:21 PM   #40
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Our only real regret is buying new instead of used. We'd never owned an RV of any kind and following retirement jumped right in to a brand new 40 DP. After looking for only a short time, I convinced myself that I could only get 7' ceilings in a new rig. I'm 6'6" tall and would not tolerate banging my head on stuff in my own coach.

I should have been more patient and looked for a later model, used, which still had high ceilings. But, it is what it is and we're glad we're here! I just wish "here" wasn't so deep under water.

Don't look back. There's a lot of fun in front of you.

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Old 12-26-2011, 06:45 PM   #41
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We had a driveway built in our front yard for the coach, the first time I drove her home it sank up to the axles. That's what happens when you take the low bid. Had to pay someone else to dig up the gravel and pack it with road foundation .

Talk about an expensive and stressful couple of weeks

Now we just laugh about it while drinking adult beverages around the campfire.

No lives were lost ....
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Old 12-26-2011, 07:12 PM   #42
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We have no regrets about our 3rd RV and enjoy traveling in it. In fact it has been to Alaska and back plus all of the lower states except HAWAII as we can't drive it there.
Sure there may be problems that have to be addressed and repaired in fact I have 2 shades that have to be strung but it is the only way to travel.
It is parked next to my garage and plugged in 24/7 to shore power. We go out to it quite often to get something or just to check it out. Once a month I run the Genny and operate the jacks and wish we were traveling in it.
Deal with the few problems you have and take time to smell the roses.


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