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Old 09-16-2015, 08:38 AM   #1
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Please tell me that things will get better. We just bought a 2008 Holiday Rambler Arista 310, bought as is and purchased a warranty but we drove it 70 miles and it had to be towed in. Electrical system went haywire parking break shot. I know when you buy as is, I expect that if I spend $3000 on a clunker this might happen but when you spend $50,000 on a vehicle you don't expect it to shut you down right off the lot. They have had the vehicle since September 2 and still can't get a parking brake. I hate I ever became an RV owner. The first payment is due October 1 and I haven't even taken it any where.
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You may have some bugs to work out, and I agree that it should not have broken down on you right out of the lot. But once you get it going you will be happy that you became an RV owner. Once you get out camping it will be worth the troubles you have experienced. Hang in there.
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Even "as is", it need to function in it's intended purpose in the first few days. Did you have it towed back to the dealer, if you purchased it from one?. If you purchased from a dealer, and at any point, if they stated that they conducted any type of "20 point, or whatever Safety Inspection, than the parking brake is on them since they were negligent on their inspection for a major safety item.
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What electrical went haywire?
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Be glad you purchased a warranty.
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$50,000 or $5,000,000.00 doesn't matter on a clunker its a crap shoot.
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Sorry to hear of your troubles so soon after purchase.
I purchased a used Motorhome and spent $7000.00 the first year. Most expenses were foreseen (tires, shocks, flat screen TV upgrades) but some items I found and decided to replace/upgrade before our cross country trip to Yellowstone. I'm glad I did but still extra money on top of original purchase of MH.
I found this community and have had such great help from so many people that I let go of the regrets and now love our MH and our adventures.
The up side is I know more about my rig after all my replacements/upgrades and feel more comfortable going anywhere the DW suggest.

Hang in there, it does get better. Hopefully the repairs you deal with up front will be minor and you will be out enjoying your new lifestyle very very soon.

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Please tell me that things will get better. We just bought a 2008 Holiday Rambler Arista 310, bought as is and purchased a warranty but we drove it 70 miles and it had to be towed in. Electrical system went haywire parking break shot. I know when you buy as is, I expect that if I spend $3000 on a clunker this might happen but when you spend $50,000 on a vehicle you don't expect it to shut you down right off the lot. They have had the vehicle since September 2 and still can't get a parking brake. I hate I ever became an RV owner. The first payment is due October 1 and I haven't even taken it any where.
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I'm sorry you bought one but you are not alone, (if it that makes you feel any better).
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You may have some bugs to work out, and I agree that it should not have broken down on you right out of the lot. But once you get it going you will be happy that you became an RV owner. Once you get out camping it will be worth the troubles you have experienced. Hang in there.
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That is great to hear.
When can I expect that to happen?
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Please tell me that things will get better. We just bought a 2008 Holiday Rambler Arista 310, bought as is and purchased a warranty but we drove it 70 miles and it had to be towed in. Electrical system went haywire parking break shot. I know when you buy as is, I expect that if I spend $3000 on a clunker this might happen but when you spend $50,000 on a vehicle you don't expect it to shut you down right off the lot. They have had the vehicle since September 2 and still can't get a parking brake. I hate I ever became an RV owner. The first payment is due October 1 and I haven't even taken it any where.
Well, we spent multiple 6 figures on our Magna in mid Feb, 2,600 miles later the engine blew to the tune of over $33,000 (Cummins did pay $10,400 of it). Took 5 weeks to get it fixed too. Had to close out an IRA to pay for it.
Break downs of any kind are never fun nor cheap!
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That is great to hear.
When can I expect that to happen?
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I guess it's all what you make of it, for us it happened the day we bought it, and haven't regretted it since, other than the days I wash and wax it. Being what it is and having had numerous RV's and a boat, you have to expect a few repairs along the way. But it's worth every penny I spent on it to me.
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Well, we spent multiple 6 figures on our Magna in mid Feb, 2,600 miles later the engine blew to the tune of over $33,000 (Cummins did pay $10,400 of it). Took 5 weeks to get it fixed too. Had to close out an IRA to pay for it.
Break downs of any kind are never fun nor cheap!
I would like to know what you received for your $33,000.00 (minus the $10,400.00) Did they treat you to a brand new crate motor? Cummins are usually the least expensive Engines to go through I just spent 23k on a Platinum Cat C15 inframe with both Turbos, Exhaust Manifold Complete...
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I guess it's all what you make of it, for us it happened the day we bought it, and haven't regretted it since, other than the days I wash and wax it. Being what it is and having had numerous RV's and a boat, you have to expect a few repairs along the way. But it's worth every penny I spent on it to me.
I completely agree with this statement, including the washing and waxing.
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If it's used, it can be great one day, and then the next minute things can go bad. There's no reason they should last for "the first few days."
The RV doesn't know it just got bought, and isn't told to "behave" for you until you forget where you bought it. It's a man made house on a truck.
Unfortunately, it broke after you became the owner. That means, that part didn't break for the last owner, and maybe they thought it was the best RV ever.
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